Floyd Mayweather Jr. risks perfect record Saturday | Boxing
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0) meets Robert Guerrero (31-1-1) in a welterweight-title bout Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Saturday's bout will be worth
$32 million to Mayweather
He claims to be more mature, chastened by a stint in jail and eager to be as much a businessman as a fighter. Indeed, Floyd Mayweather Jr. acted almost statesmanlike earlier this week when Robert Guerrero's father began screaming he was a woman beater who would finally get beaten himself Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
"The fighters are the ones who fight, not the fathers," Mayweather said calmly.
Armed with a new six-fight television deal with Showtime that should keep him the world's highest-paid athlete, Mayweather (43-0) has for the most part taken the high road while promoting his welterweight-title bout against Guerrero (31-1-1) as must-see TV for anyone who has an extra $69.95 for the pay-per-view event.
Mayweather, who will make $32 million for the fight, weighed in at 146 pounds Friday. Guerrero, who will make $3 million, checked in at the weight-class limit of 147.
"'I feel unbeatable," said Mayweather, a 6-1 favorite.
Arizona linebacker is jailed
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities said is the mother of his baby daughter.
Maricopa County prosecutors said Washington posted $4,200 bond and was released after his initial court appearance. He had been booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault.
A probable-cause statement released by Phoenix police said Washington's ex-girlfriend claimed he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her to the ground after an argument at her apartment Wednesday.
The woman told police Washington, 26, also pushed her with two hands, causing her to fall and break her right collarbone, according to court documents.
Washington had a team-high 134 tackles last season.
Baltimore hires Spagnuolo
Steve Spagnuolo is getting another chance to prove his defensive coaching skills.
The Baltimore Ravens hired the ex-St. Louis head coach as a senior defensive assistant. He had been a defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants.
Spagnuolo, 53, was fired in January by Saints coach Sean Payton after one season in which the defense gave up a league-record 7,042 yards. He had top-10 defenses with the Giants in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Dolphins have setback
Florida's oldest professional franchise — the Miami Dolphins — was dealt a crushing blow when the Florida Legislature ended its session without passing any funding plan that would assist the team's quest to refurbish its stadium.
Silvestre to miss 6-9 months
Portland Timbers defender Mikael Silvestre will miss from six to nine months because of a left-knee injury suffered in Thursday's scoreless Major League Soccer draw with visiting New England.
Portland signed Pa Modou Kah, 32, for the rest of the season.
Kah, who has played the past two seasons in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, is expected to join the Timbers once he obtains his visa.
• Nebraska athletic-department officials announced the public's allotment of men's basketball tickets is sold out — six months before the first game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The new $179 million arena in downtown Lincoln will seat 15,147 for basketball. The only tickets left are the ones that must be held back for the visiting team and about 100 student tickets expected to be sold soon. The Cornhuskers were 15-18 last season.
• Brad Drewett, a former Tour player who led the ATP as executive chairman and helped increase prize money at Grand Slam tennis tournaments, died at his home in Sydney, Australia.
Drewett, who had Lou Gehrig's disease, was 54. He had led the ATP since January 2012.
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