Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. is near cementing a May 4 bout against current interim WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 35-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC world welterweight champ who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, last battled on Cinco de Mayo when he overcame powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to acquire the WBA (Super) & WBC Diamond light middleweight titles.
Conversely, the 29-year-old Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs), also a former WBA and WBO lightweight and two-time IBF featherweight king, most recently earned a violent unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto on November 24 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
“Floyd Mayweather has a plethora of options,” said mouthy Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe. “Who doesn’t want to fight Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and make the most money they ever made in their career? You hit the lottery once you’ve become a Floyd Mayweather opponent.”
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Floyd is the best there is today,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “He can’t be touched by anyone near his weight.”
Despite being a cocky jackass and convicted domestic abuser, Mayweather, a bronze medalist as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, is a prizefighter for the ages.
Guerrero indeed is legitimately tough and his unorthodox stance could trouble “Pretty Boy.”
Regardless of “The Ghost’s” abilities, “Floyd is the best there is today” and Mayweather will certainly find a way to outclass Robert Guerrero if they do throw fists in the springtime.by