Famed boxing analyst Al Bernstein thinks current interim WBC welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has “a chance to” beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 36-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC world welterweight titleholder who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, last threw fists on Cinco de Mayo when he overcame powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to acquire the WBA (Super) & WBC Diamond light middleweight crowns.
Comparatively, the 30-year-old Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs), who was charged with illegal possession of an unloaded firearm on Thursday, most recently earned a violent unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto in November at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California,
“Robert Guerrero’s chances will be determined by how well he handles Mayweather when Floyd is on the ropes,” Bernstein told World Boxing News. “Robert was able to mug Berto there, landing good punches, but also bullying him physically. Some thought with some extracurricular activity. Mayweather now often fights off the ropes and he’s very effective at it. Guerrero is a tough out for Mayweather and he does have a chance to win, but like everyone else, is an underdog to Floyd.”
Mayweather, a five-division, eight-belt winner who landed an agreement that includes a rematch clause and random drug testing that will be administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, remains the undisputed pound-for-pound king.
However, Guerrero, also a former WBA and WBO lightweight and two-time IBF featherweight titlist, is younger, legitimately tough and his unorthodox stance could pester the “Pretty Boy.”
“The Ghost,” a Californian of Mexican descent who has won 16 consecutive bouts, last fell as a professional via points to Gamaliel Diaz in March 2006.
Beyond confidence, and possibly even more beneficial for Guerrero, Mayweather is becoming a pugilistic geriatric and his inactivity and stint behind bars can only work as a hindrance.
Regardless, although “a tough out for Mayweather,” Floyd will ultimately outclass Robert Guerrero and emerge victorious on the scorecards.
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