WBC welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather, is yet to officially announce who his next opponent will be, but rumors currently have Robert Guerrero as the leading candidate.
Mayweather’s next fight is set for May 4.
“Money’s” father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., thinks Guerrero will be his son’s next opponent as well. And he expects it to be a one-sided affair.
“I think he’ll fight Guerrero next. [Andre] Berto got beat up [by Guerrero] because he didn’t know what he was doing,” Mayweather Sr. said during a conversation with Brad Cooney, per Boxingscene.com. “Berto should have fought like he fights, not like how Floyd fights. He needs to fight his game, not Floyd’s. … I think Floyd wins. Little Floyd is too smart for him. Anyway you want to look at it; Floyd is too smart for him.”
A year ago, very few boxing fans considered Robert Guerrero as a legitimate opponent for Mayweather, but the “Ghost” has clearly earned the right to challenge the sport’s pound-for-pound king.
Guerrero made the jump from the lightweight division to the welterweight division after defeating Michael Katsidis in April 2011, quickly establishing himself as a top contender at 147 pounds. Robert secured the WBC interim welterweight title with his unanimous decision against Selcuk Aydin (his welterweight debut), and he successfully defended his belt against Andre Berto late 2012.
Mayweather on the other hand is coming off an entertaining bout against Miguel Cotto, where he displayed his infighting skills, going toe to toe against the Puerto Rican.
Giving Guerrero’s tenacious style and boxing skills, Floyd will probably need those infighting skills if he ends up fighting “The Ghost” on May 4. Guerrero effectively closed the distance and mixed things up inside against Berto, and he also displayed some serious punching power at 147 pounds. He dropped Berto in the first and second rounds of their Nov. 24 encounter, brutalizing the former WBC champion’s face.
While some boxing fans would love to see a Mayweather vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez matchup, I like the idea of a bout against Guerrero. It should a tougher test for Floyd than many seem to think.