Robert Guerrero: I’ll shock the world if I can get Mayweather Jr in the ring
By Dan Ambrose: WBC welterweight interim champion Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO’s) sounds almost desperate when he speaks about his desire to get unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring so that he can try and prove himself against the 35-year-old mega star. Guerrero feels he’s got what it takes to defeat Mayweather despite Guerrero struggling to beat an arguably lesser fighter in Selcuk Adyin in his last fight last month.
Guerrero said to Bleacherreport.com “If I get the Mayweather fight, I’m going to shock the world and give boxing’s pound for pound king his first loss.”
For the 29-year-old Guerrero to do that he’ll have to try and coax Mayweather into wanting to fight him, because right now he’s not exactly showing much interest in that fight. It doesn’t help Guerrero that he’s not a huge star and not really pay per view material at this point in his career. Guerrero’s problem is that he’s spent too many years fighting at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight, and there’s just not a ton of interest from the casual boxing fans in fighters at that weight.
There’s some interest, but nearly as much as you see for welterweight and above. Guerrero has done his part in moving up from lightweight to welterweight in his last fight, but it’s going to take some time for him to build up interest in a fight between him and Mayweather. There may not be enough time unfortunately, because Guerrero is going to need at least a couple of years to establish himself as worthy of a fight against Mayweather, and by then Mayweather might out of the sport.
Additionally, Guerrero has to raise his game considerably. He looked very average against Aydin, lacking power and conditioning. The stamina issue can be partially explained away because Guerrero hadn’t fought since April of last year and was moving up two entire divisions. However, the lack of power is worrisome because this problem likely will continue into the future. Without power, Guerrero will be sitting duck against the better fighters at 147 unless he’s matched carefully by Golden Boy.
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