Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has fired the first salvo in what is likely to be a long war of words between himself and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. in the weeks leading up to their May 4 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime pay-per-view.
Said Guerrero: “Mayweather is a great fighter, one of the best to ever lace up the gloves, but on May 4th I’m going to end his reign as pound for pound king. This is bigger than boxing. It’s about humbling a man everyone perceives as unbeatable.”
Besides the obvious “everyone except Filipinos who didn’t see their guy lying flat on his face and still think Manny Pacquiao is the best fighter on Earth” (that circle jerk in the comments section of that piece MyBoxing ran here Tuesday), it’s probably fair to say that Guerrero is right: Floyd Mayweather’s 0 in the loss column is a potent statement that until someone beats him, he is indeed unbeatable. In particular, Floyd may be the greatest of all time at junior lightweight and has a solid claim among the all-time greats at 147 pounds as well.
Robert Guerrero has already lost, to Gamaliel Diaz, 19-5-2 at the time of his split decision win over the Ghost at featherweight. Guerrero has suffered the indignity of a draw, against 15-9-1 Julian Rodriguez early in his career. Sure, great fighters lose fights even in their prime (Ali-Frazier I. Full stop.) But the fact remains that Robert Guerrero has proven very beatable against fighters that the great ones smash on their way to greater things.
Beating Andre Berto is all well and good (although questions still remain about whether Berto can actually fight or whether it was the PEDs he tested positive for that built his record before Guerrero got to him with better testing.) But Selcuk Aydin, Michael Katsidis, and Vicente Escobedo are not Floyd Mayweather.
Robert Guerrero is confident…but the smart money’s still on him getting his ass kicked in Vegas on the fourth of May. Stay tuned.