‘Cinco de Mayweather’ card takes shape as Broner rumours swirl

Phil Jay 19/02/2013

Floyd Mayweather’s May 4 extravaganza has its double main event in place following the pound for pound king’s announcement today that he will be facing Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The 35 year-old’s confirmation comes just a day after Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez made a similar statement to publicize that Austin Trout will oppose him in what will be a two-belt unification at light-middleweight in the spring.

Those two bouts alone would have fans clambering for tickets, but there are now suggestions that WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner could make it a title treble on the night with an outing of his own – fresh from his demolition job on Gavin Rees.

Broner, 23, and Mayweather have struck up a firm friendship in recent months as comparisons between the two continue to fill discussions, with the only thing missing being the two fighters defending their belts on the same bill.

This could now become a reality if Golden Boy can turn the rumours into reality, although a high-profile clash with WBO title holder Ricky Burns would certainly be off the table as the dates don’t add up.

British fighter Burns is scheduled to fight the IBF’s 135lb belt holder Miguel Vazquez on March 16 in the UK and this would not give whomever came out on top enough time to be ready to put both belts on the line against Broner.

A similar situation would befall the victor of the vacant WBA lightweight title tussle between Richard Abril and Sharif Bogere on March 2 and would leave Cincinatti’s Broner without many options at the weight.

A first fight at 140lbs would definitely be the most eye-opening choice as plenty of boxing personnel would like to see the dominant force at lightweight make the move up to where there are some tasty match-ups awaiting.

The likes of Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Brandon Rios and Lucas Matthysse would all be massive in terms of money and stature, but whether Broner wants to clean up at 135 first is another matter. His addition would be most welcome to the year’s biggest fight night though and would see three of the world’s most respected champions come together on one solid card.