Robert Guerrero: Doesn’t see his fight against Danny Garcia as last chance
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: Despite his #6 ranking with the WBC, it’s pretty much the end of the line for Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) if he loses his fight against unbeaten but struggling Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) in their fight next month on 1/23 on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Deportes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Guerrero, 33, has lost 2 out of his last 4 fights in the last two years, and some boxing fans feel that he’s lost 3 out of his last 4 fights. Guerrero was given a controversial 10 round split decision over high level journeyman Aaron Martinez in his last fight in June.
Guerrero can certainly stick around the 147lb division and fight on as a Paulie Malignaggi type guy if he loses to Danny Garcia next month, but you have to imagine that he’ll see his paychecks slowly getting smaller and smaller.
“A lot of people are writing me off, but I’ll come in 100% prepared to take the win on January 23,” Guerrero said. “This isn’t do or die for me, but it is a big fight. The fans love fighters and that’s what I am. As you saw in my fight with (Keith) Thurman, I come to fight.”
Guerrero seems to be in full denial about his career, because this is clearly a “do or die” fight for him whether he wants to see it that way or not. When you lose as many fights as Guerrero has in the last two years, it’s do or die.
Guerrero deserved to lose to Aaron Martinez, and he can’t count on getting a gift decision given to him in a fight against Garcia, because this guy is getting close decisions given to him right now.
For Guerrero to avoid losing to Garcia, he’s probably going to need knock him down three or four times. Garcia has a lot of hype behind him and when you’re at his level, you get decisions given to you when you arguably don’t deserve.
If Guerrero has his head on straight, he’s going to be looking to take the judges out of this fight by making sure he does his best to score a knockout. If this fight goes to the cards, I don’t see Guerrero getting the victory.
Garcia isn’t yet at the stage where Guerrero is right now, but I think he’ll soon be right where he is now once he starts facing quality fighters at 147 and losing on a regular basis.
“I’ve got to take advantage of this opportunity,” Guerrero said. “If I want to get back on top, then this is step one. This is a pivotal point in my career.”
I don’t see Guerrero getting back on top even if he beats Garcia, because there are clearly better fighters in the 147lb division than Garcia. If Guerrero beats Garcia, the only thing he’ll do is keep his career alive for paydays. For Guerrero to truly get back on top, he’ll need to beat the likes of Kell Brook, Errol Spence, Amir Khan, and Shawn Porter. I would add Tim Bradley’s name to the mix, but he’s with Top Rank, which means Guerrero will likely never get a chance to fight him.
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