Robert Guerrero: Mayweather Killer?
Guerrero was supposed to be the unorthodox boxer, the slippery southpaw, who was more of a pesky mosquito than a Brahma bull…
Robert Guerrero was no long shot to beat Andre Berto on Saturday night. In fact he was picked by many of boxing’s brightest to decision Berto. But even the sharpest tool in the shed never dreamed that Guerrero would punish Berto so badly that Andre would leave the ring pulverized, blind and peeing blood.
Guerrero’s performance has left many observers in a state of shock. Ghosts typically don’t brutalize you, they haunt you. They get in your head and frustrate you and when you take a swing at them they’re impossible to hit. Guerrero wasn’t supposed to be Rocky Balboa breaking the ribs on a slab of beef. He was supposed to be the unorthodox boxer, the slippery southpaw, who was more of a pesky mosquito than a Brahma bull.
As fans and insiders settle back into reality, new questions have emerged that were never asked before, not with Guerrero’s name attached. Is he a pound-for-pound fighter? What would a Guerrero vs. Mayweather fight look like? Who would win? Fights with Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather—matchups that seemed preposterous before Saturday—are now being spoken of in very real terms.
Guerrero has been very vocal about wanting to face and beat Mayweather. It started in 2011 when Guerrero began making his case on radio and in print. Guerrero and his team have obsessively studied tapes of Mayweather’s fights looking for any small thing that would help them bring down Money May. Armed with information from former Mayweather opponents, Guerrero impressed insiders with his extensive knowledge of Floyd’s strategies and tactics both in and out of the ring. He claimed to have Mayweather figured out, which is a tall order, but everything he said seemed to make sense. It was obvious he had done his homework.
Even at that early stage in his quest for Mayweather‘s crown, Guerrero made a convincing case for himself but still didn’t win legions of converts. But he drew attention to himself and gained notoriety as someone smart, interesting, and qualified that was knocking on Mayweather’s door, and knocking loudly.
Mayweather responded by saying he didn’t even know who Guerrero was—which sent Guerrero into a fury. “Floyd can say what he wants but believe me, he knows who I am. If he doesn’t, let’s step into the ring and he can find out. I’ll give him a formal introduction.”
Gamesmanship aside, the big knock against Guerrero back then was his lack of name recognition. “The Ghost” was well-known to hardcore fight fans but relatively unknown to the general public. But after Saturday’s Fight of the Year performance and the publicity it generated, everyone now knows Robert Guerrero.
Many thought that Guerrero’s jump up two weight classes was a miscalculation, but as Saturday proved, not only can he handle himself at 147 but he can literally dominate the division. Not only did Guerrero push Berto around like a rag doll, at one point he actually picked Berto up and threw him in the corner.
Guerrero has been telling whoever would listen that he is a world-class fighter and he is. He told us time and again he could win at 147 and he was right. He said he was going to give Berto a beating and he did. Now he insists he can beat Floyd Mayweather.
Maybe it’s time to believe.