Rather than scrap current interim WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero, Floyd Mayweather Jr. tweeted IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander is now the “frontrunner” to fight him on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), who 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 belts, was widely expected to throw fists with the 29-year-old Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs) this spring.
“The negotiations for my fight are almost done,” said Mayweather, 35, a longstanding WBC world welterweight titleholder who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007. “The frontrunner is IBF champion Devon Alexander. It’d be a unification bout.”
The 26-year-old Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs), a southpaw from the gang and drug-infested Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis, most recently earned a unanimous decision triumph over Randall Bailey on October 20 at the Barclays Center in New York City.
Alexander, also a former WBC and IBF light welterweight king, controversially suffered his lone loss as a professional against unbeaten pugilist Timothy Bradley in January 2011.
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.”
Although 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 who is absolutely “the best there is today.”
Mayweather isn’t getting younger and his inactivity and stint behind bars can only work as a hindrance.
Regardless, in a more difficult tussle than Alexander will prove to be, “Pretty Boy” would have managed to outclass Guerrero.
Versus the underwhelming and outmatched Devon Alexander, Floyd Mayweather will display true greatness in the squared circle roughly three months from this evening.by