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Mayweather Jr to face Guerrero, inks huge new TV deal

AFP, LAS VEGAS

Unbeaten welterweight fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr said on Tuesday that he would face fellow American Robert Guerrero on May 4 as part of a new deal with telecasters CBS and Showtime.

Mayweather, who previously had worked with rival telecaster HBO, called the new deal for up to six fights over 30 months the biggest in boxing history, but said financial details of the contract were confidential.

Should all six fights take place and his pay-per-view averages of more than 1 million buys per bout hold steady, Mayweather claimed the deal would be the largest for an individual athlete in sports history.

Mayweather, 43-0 with 26 knockouts, has not fought since taking a unanimous 12-round decision from Miguel Cotto in May last year. Since then, Mayweather has served a 90-day jail sentence for domestic battery.

Southpaw Guerrero, 31-1-1 with 18 knockouts, has won 15 fights in a row since suffering his only loss, a 2005 split-decision defeat at the hands of Mexico’s Gamaliel Diaz.

Boxing fans have long sought a Mayweather fight against Philippine icon Manny Pacquiao, 54-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts.

However, the Asian star lost his past two fights, the most recent when he was stopped in the sixth round by Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez in December last year.

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