Roughly five weeks before throwing fists with Floyd Mayweather Jr., interim WBC welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero was detained at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York and charged with illegal possession of an unloaded firearm on Thursday.
Despite facing a felony, Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs), who last vacated the ring with a violent unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto in November, is still expected to scrap Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Guerrero was carrying no ammunition and was within his legal right to possess such firearm in the state in which he resides,” Guerrero’s promoters, Golden Boy, said in a statement.
“At an arraignment held before the New York State Supreme Court for Queens County, the court, after hearing the pertinent facts of the case, released Guerrero on his own recognizance. The next hearing in this matter is scheduled for after Robert’s May 4 fight against eight-time and five-division world champion Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”
District Attorney Richard A. Brown decided to throw a verbal haymaker at the 30-year-old Guerrero.
“I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks,” said Brown. “For anyone who hasn’t gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon – loaded or unloaded – into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.”
Guerrero, also a former WBA and WBO lightweight and two-time IBF featherweight titlist, is a seemingly likable man who mistakenly banged the pooch.
Regardless, ask Plaxico Burress, “you cannot bring an unlicensed weapon – loaded or unloaded – into” Gotham.
Guerrero, a Californian of Mexican descent who has won 16 consecutive bouts, last fell as a professional via points to Gamaliel Diaz in March 2006.
“The Ghost” is younger, legitimately tough and his unorthodox stance may pester the 36-year-old pound-for-pound king.
Still, in a bruising tussle, The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007 should outmaneuver Guerrero and emerge triumphant on Cinco de Mayo weekend.
More important than losing a fistfight to Floyd Mayweather, will Robert Guerrero soon be stripped of his freedom?