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Guerrero makes his case for Mayweather

Story by Robert Hough
Photos by Stephanie Trapp

If Robert Guerrero is as good in the ring against Floyd Mayweather as he is in making the case that he should be next, then the fight has potential.

Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs), who had partially tore the rotator cuff in his left shoulder ten days before a August 27th showdown with WBA jr welterweight champion Marcos Maidana, is fast approaching full fitness and will be ready to fight as early as March.

To say he wants Mayweather on the May 5th Cinco de Mayo holiday is like saying some people think Mayweather’s shtick is tiresome.

But Guerrero is too small, never fought at 140, much less 147.

“It would be easy for me to fight as a welterweight without having to change my body,” Guerrero explained to FightNews. “My weight right now is 152 and I’m in great shape. Having to cut down to make weight’s no good for anybody. I’ve gotten stronger as I’ve moved up in weight. I’m a legit 5’ 9” and I’ve got long arms.”

But Mayweather says he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao.

“That’s the fight everyone wants to see and if it happens, it would be great for boxing, but I don’t think it’s going to happen in May,” Guerrero said. “If not Pacquaio, who else is there?”

Amir Khan?

“He and his people say they want that fight near the end of the year, after a tune-up at welterweight.”

What about all the other possibilities?

The 28-year old rattled off all the other prospects, pointing out that some are promoted by Top Rank, which has been at odds with his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions; some are too old; some don’t make much sense from a marketing perspective.

“Cinco de Mayo against me, a Mexican-American fighter?,” he said. “Come on; it’s a natural. I’m fluent in English and Spanish, and I’m ready to promote this fight all over the country, in Mexico and anywhere else.”

So why should anyone think Guerrero has a ghost of a chance against Floyd Mayweather?

“I’m taller than he is, my arms are longer, I have quick feet, my jab’s sharp, I can throw more than 70 jabs around,” Guerrero said. “He keeps himself in shape, but he’ll be 35 in May and I’ll be 29. If I fight him, he’s not going to do his thing, throw 35 or 40 punches per round and lull me into fighting that fight. People know I’ll fight damn hard until it’s over. Who’s he fought like that?”

C’mon; people say you’re out for a big check.

“I want to fight the best,” Guerrero declared. “What am I gonna say, that I don’t? Sure; there’s going to be more money in doing that, but the fans always say they want to see fighters being willing to fight the best guys out there. If I’m trying to fight someone else, people will say I don’t want to fight the toughest fights.”


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