Is Robert Guerrero a worthy opponent for Floyd Mayweather, Jr ?
By Bill Mitchell: If the fight on May 4, 2013 between Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 19 KO’s) and Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO’s) takes place this spring, how many of you believe it is a fair match-up? I hear some fans expressing disappointment. They think that Mayweather, a five-division world champion, who has won eight world titles and the Lineal championship in three different weight classes, is choosing a blown up lightweight in Robert Guerrero.
Does Guerrero deserve the notoriety of a fight with Mayweather? The big league, the major bucks and a chance to make history? He took out the previously undefeated Selkuk Aydin and then went on to defeat Andre Berto last year. Robert’s a three time interim world champion and held a number of national titles.
Berto, a former world welterweight champion with only one loss was coming off a year long layoff when he fought Guerrero. He was motivated and hoping to make a comeback. Robert had to move up in weight but still managed to take it to Berto on the inside. He dropped Berto twice in the early rounds and continued to apply the pressure for the remainder of the fight. He pinned Berto relentlessly against the ropes giving him few opportunities to retaliate during the fight. The solid win set up the challenge and possible fight with Mayweather.
Floyd Mayweather, Sr. was quoted as saying he thinks the fight between Guerrero and Floyd may take place. He also said he thinks Floyd is too smart for Robert and he’s probably correct in his assessment. Floyd ‘s on a different level in the ring. If he gets his way he will dash Robert’s hopes and dreams early in the fight. He’ll show us like so many times before why he’s the number one, undisputed, pound for pound, best fighter in the world. Guerrero will come into the ring intending to win but once passed the first round , will he be the proverbial dear in the headlights? Will he end up like others before him, confused and off his game? Unable to execute his plan while taking shots from Floyd?
Now that Floyd’s ready to fight again, there’s no shame in him choosing the aggressive and eager Guerrero. He’s earned it. Guerrero also fights for Golden Boy so no promotional issues either.
Guerrero‘s psyched himself up to think he’s been ordained by God to win the fight. There’s no question about his will to win but is it enough to overcome boxing ‘s greatest champion.
While we’d all be happy to see Saul Alvarez fighting Floyd. He’ll be fighting on the undercard. If all goes as planned, he’s hoping to get a shot at Mayweather come September. Alvarez, with his legions of Mexican fans will add to the excitement of the fight card making the fight a major pay per view event.
I’d be interested to hear what others think about this match-up. Can Robert Guerrero seriously challenge Floyd?