Like “all of the others who have challenged” the prizefighting legend, Floyd Mayweather Jr. expects to batter current interim WBC welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC world welterweight titleholder who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, last threw fists 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 crowns.
"I know Guerrero has been campaigning to fight me for quite a while now and I am happy to give him his opportunity," said Mayweather, 36, a five-division, eight-belt winner who landed an agreement that includes a rematch clause and random drug testing that will be administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
"His name is mentioned among the other great champions in boxing today and that means he has proven himself in the ring. He will now have to prove himself against me, which is a whole other story. I'm excited for the challenge and fully expect a good, tough fight from him. However, I do expect the same outcome for him as all of the others who have challenged me before. Forty three have tried, 43 have failed. He will be number 44."
Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs), who most recently earned a violent unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto on November 24 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, is seemingly unflustered by “Pretty Boy’s” mouth.
"Nothing has ever come easy to me and that mental fortitude has prepared me to defeat the one fighter everyone perceives to be the pound-for-pound king in Floyd Mayweather,” said Guerrero, 29, also a former WBA and WBO lightweight and two-time IBF featherweight titlist.
"When we lock eyes across the ring on fight night he's going to feel the presence of a man preordained for greatness. The time is now to show the world why I'm destined to dethrone Floyd and when I come out victorious on May 4, the whole world will know I'm a man who willed his way to victory by putting God first in his life."
Although a cocky jackass and convicted domestic abuser, Mayweather, a bronze medalist as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, is undoubtedly prizefighting’s “pound-for-pound king.”
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 could pester the “Pretty Boy.”
More beneficial for Guerrero, Mayweather is becoming a pugilistic geriatric and his inactivity and stint behind bars can only work as a hindrance.
Regardless, in a bruising tussle against “a man preordained for greatness,” Floyd Mayweather Jr. will ultimately manage to outclass Robert Guerrero to earn “number 44."