By Jody Kohn
While the lion’s share of the attention has been understandably paid to the combatants competing in the main event, the rest of The Money Team are determined to make their presence known to the boxing world with their own performances this weekend. A talented crew of five fighters representing Floyd Mayweather’s team will be in action on the undercard portion of the Mayweather-Guerrero pay-per-view.
On the main part of the card, the undefeated prospect J’Leon Love takes on a much more experienced Gabe Rosado, knowing that an impressive performance here will elevate him to contender status. In Rosado, he faces a guy coming off a tough loss in a world championship fight. How he performs here will give a pretty good indication as to where he stands in his career at this point. Never lacking in confidence, Love is sure he is up to the task.
Badou Jack is another fighter quickly on the rise. At 13-0, he has seldom been tested in his professional career. Saturday night he faces Michael Gbenga, a fighter who just went the distance with Andre Dirrell. Although he was thoroughly beaten, he did make the final bell, so Jack should also be able to use his opponent as a good barometer as to where he is at this point.
Luis Arias has impressive amateur credentials, and so far, that has translated well to his pro fights. Since turning professional in November, he has run off four straight wins, with only one going the distance. He finds himself matched up with DonYil Livingston, an opponent who provides a significant step up in class, but someone Arias certainly should beat if he intends to one day be a champion.
If asked which one is not like the others, Ronald Gavril is clearly the answer. At least on the surface. However, his talent seems to fit in perfectly, as like his stable mates, he boasts a perfect 3-0 record. He looks to keep it that way when he takes on an opponent he should beat in a 5-6 Roberto Young.
Rounding out the fighters is Lanell Bellows. Coming off a sub-par performance where he managed to escape with a draw, Bellows has been chomping at the bit to get back in the ring and prove his last performance was just a blip on the radar. Looking to showcase his skills, he could have no better place to do so than on a Floyd Mayweather card.
With combined records of 38-0-1, The Money Team is clearly a force to be reckoned with. With most of them being relatively new to the scene, they are looking at this as an opportunity to introduce themselves to the world. If they manage to keep their perfect record intact, there is no doubt the world is going to take notice.