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A more mature Floyd Mayweather Jr. set to defend title against Robert Guerrero

Floyd Mayweather Jr. tipped the scales Friday for Saturday’s welterweight bout against Robert Guerrero.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. tipped the scales Friday for Saturday’s welterweight bout against Robert Guerrero.Credit: steve marcus/reuters

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Floyd Mayweather Jr., 36, will step into the ring Saturday night to fight Roberto Guerrero for the first time in a year. Mayweather says he is a more mature fighter. Two months in prison — spent doing pushups in solitary confinement in a small cell in Las Vegas — might have aided the growing-up process. Mayweather acknowledged his last fight, a 12-round decision over Miguel Cotto, wasn’t his best, another sign the world's highest paid athlete is coming of age.

Mayweather, the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, is also a champion businessman, and he realized to sell this fight — $69.95 on pay-per-view — he had to take the high road during the prefight hype, in which Guerrero’s father and trainer accused Mayweather of being a woman beater.

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