What’s with all the hate towards Robert Guerrero?
By Hector Gonzalez: I’m not sure what’s with all the hate towards Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero, I thought that I’d write a response article towards all the negative commentary made towards Guerrero after his victory over Andre Berto. In my opinion lack of respect towards a respectable bonafide champion either by fans or by the media is anything but productive for boxing.
It appears that many fans are unfamiliar with Guerrero’s career and it’s my speculation that maybe that’s why so many people where surprised to see him demolish Berto the way that he did. Here are a few things that you should know about Guerrero to put things into perspective, specially in rewards to the possibility of him fighting Floyd Mayweather in the near future. I could write about his entire career but I’ll stick to some key facts.
1.) Guerrero is a 6 time 4 division world champion. If that doesn’t explain the class that Guerrero is in then I don’t know what to tell you. All that I could say is that no contender in that division could make that claim, not Tim Bradley, Devon Alexander, Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto or Marcos Maidana could make that claim not even Juan Manuel Marquez. Speaking of Juan Manuel Marquez, here is something else you should know…..
2.) Juan Manuel Marquez’s mandatory challenger at 135 was Robert Guerrero, Marquez completely avoided him. Amir Khan was also offered an in house fight with Guerrero at 140, again Khan also avoided him and went with Lamont Peterson instead.
3.) Guerrero defeated the # 1 WBC 147lb contender in Selcuk Aydin. In some recent comments that I’ve read, some pundits seem to suggest that Guerrero is not qualified to fight a mega fight against the likes of Mayweather, these pundits do not properly understand who Selcuk Aydin is! It would not be farfetched to suggest that Selcuk Aydin, the #1 WBC contender could defeat any contender at 147lb, and even against Mayweather it’s very likely that Aydin would put up a good challenge.
4.) Guererro is currently the WBC interim champion, that in itself puts in position to face Mayweather who was the WBC champion before moving up to face Miguel Cotto.
Too make a long story short, many fighters have careers handed to them without paying proper dues, without being too critical I believe this could be said about Amir Khan who Golden Boy was planning on having face Mayweather or even Timothy Bradley who was strategically set up to face Manny Pacquiao without paying dues and to top it off was even given a gift decision over the champion………. This wouldn’t describe Robert Guerrero who has earned all of his stripes, 4 time 6 division world champion—jumped two weight classes and fought the number 1 contender, and now successful in defending his belt even when walking in as the 3-1 underdog.