Adrien Broner and Robert Guerrero have words at Dawson-Ward weigh-in
By Allan Fox: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO’s) and former WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KO’s) reportedly had words at today’s weigh-in between WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward and Chad Dawson in Oakland, California. According to Dan Rafael, Guerrero and Broner “Got in each others face a bit.”
Guerrero kept telling Broner to “Come up to 147.” Broner, finally tired of Guerrero’s taunts, said “Send the contract and I’ll sign it.”
Now the ball is in Guerrero’s court.
Broner and Guerrero have been battling back and forth for the past month on twitter talking trash to one another. Guerrero wants to fight Broner but is insistent that the 23-year-old Broner move up three weight divisions to fight him at 147 lbs without giving Broner at least a tiny catchweight to make it easier. However, there’s talk that Golden Boy Promotions, the promoters for the two fighters, don’t want to see them fight each other for some reason.
Golden Boy is hoping that Floyd Mayweather Jr., the WBC welterweight champion, will decide on facing Guerrero in the near future. If Broner takes on Guerrero there’s a better than average chance that Broner would end up schooling Guerrero and making him look bad in beating him.
Guerrero looked poor recently in beating Selcuk Aydin by a 12 round unanimous decision last July. To be sure, the southpaw Guerrero won the fight, but he showed little power and looked sloppy. He tired out in the last three rounds and was doing a lot of holding. It’s hard to imagine Guerrero beating a fighter like Broner looking like that. Broner would be too accurate with his shots, and his power would give Guerrero a lot of problems.
HBO needs to push Golden Boy into making the Broner-Guerrero fight, because it might be Guerrero’s only real chance of getting an important fight. He’s probably not going to get Mayweather in the ring, because there’s just no demand from boxing fans outside of the Bay Area where Guerrero lives in California.
A pay per view fight between Mayweather and Guerrero would likely be a disaster in terms of PPV numbers. I don’t think Mayweather will want to take that risk with a potential fight against Manny Pacquiao just over the horizon next year. Mayweather Jr. needs big PPV numbers to strengthen his bargaining position in negotiations with Pacquiao.