Robert Guerrero: We Are Not Here Forever

By Gordon Marino on August 29, 2015
Robert Guerrero: We Are Not Here Forever
“I was surprised at how fast he was. You really can’t see that from the side of the ring.”

“I love boxing and have always loved it. When I was a kid I could not wait to reach the age when I could compete…”

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 knockouts) is a friendly ghost outside the ring and a family man par excellence. Speaking from his home in Gilroy California, the 32-year-old former champ told me, “I have had two fights in a row and am taking a few months off to spend time with my children and my wife. To be there with them as much as I can.” Guerrero, who indicated that he is not taking a break from conditioning, said, “I hope to be back in the ring again by the end of the year,” perhaps against Shawn Porter. 

Looking in the rear view mirror at the March 2015 loss to Keith Thurman, Guerrero said, “I would like to fight him again. This time I would start faster. I would put the metal to the pedal right away. My mistake was that I let Thurman get up on the scorecards right away.”

Reflecting on his 2013 tussle with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Guerrero recalled, “I was very surprised at how fast he was. You really can’t see that from the side of the ring but once he is coming at you and you are coming at him, you see.” Guerrero noted, “There is no one with Mayweather’s reaction time. He reacts to everything and is already countering when you are starting to punch. When you blink he reacts.” Pressed on Mayweather’s power, Guerrero said, “I didn’t feel a lot of power—because he was looking to land one punch and get out. He was always moving when he was throwing. He didn’t sit down on his punches.”

Asked what he would do differently if he had another go at “Money”, Guerrero chuckled and responded, “I‘d hire the fastest sparring partners I could find!”
The Ghost is 32. When he ponders his life after boxing he sees himself continuing his hobby of working with cars and motorcycles and “training kids in the gym, passing on the knowledge that I have.”

Guerrero recalled, “I love boxing and have always loved it. When I was a kid I could not wait to reach the age when I could compete. When I was nine I would go to the gym on my own. My father would come later after work.”

The Ghost added, “It has been great to have worked with my father for all these years. Almost every day since I was a little boy we have been in the boxing gym together. I treasure all that time together. It is very special. After all, you know, we are not here forever.”

Amen, Robert. Amen.

A professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College, Gordon Marino writes on boxing for the Wall Street Journal. He is on the board and works with boxers at the Circle of Discipline in Minneapolis, as well as at the Basement Gym in Northfield, MN. His The Quotable Kierkegaard was recently published by Princeton University Press. You can follow him on Twitter at @GordonMarino.

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  1. AkT 10:43pm, 08/29/2015

    I’m glad Guerrero has confirmed from a previous opponent’s POV what I had always noticed. Floyd has the uncanny ability to gather enough stats within the first couple of rounds to ‘predict’ (every punch has a tell tale sign) moves. In addition to his unbelievable reflexes, it makes Mayweather very difficult to beat.

    If you don’t get him in the first few rounds, then you might as well forget about it.

  2. KB 04:07pm, 08/29/2015

    Seems very at ease with himself and his description of Mayweather is spot on and will be used by me in future articles.

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