Robert Guerrero was asked Thursday what he brings to his May 4 confrontation with Floyd Mayweather Jr. that was lacking in the 43 victims who thought they had what it takes to beat the unbeaten, top pound-for-pound boxer in the sport.
Guerrero pointed to his mind. “I’m mentally strong.”
Mayweather put Guerrero to the test on that the other day at a media function that brought them face to face, getting right into Guerrero’s grill and snarling at him for about 90 seconds. “Close enough to kiss me,” Guerrero pointed out, implying perhaps Mayweather had picked up some habits during two months in prison last year.
The urgency of reporting the face-to-face meeting is that recordings of the encounter may be going viral as we speak. Ya gotta see this (a version both obtained and transcribed by the industrious Ryan Maquiñana).
“It makes me laugh,” Guerrero said Thursday at a Gilroy gym where he was surrounded by a couple dozen media types his people had summoned down Hwy 101. “That’s how he breaks every guy. You can break a fighter at a press conference.”
What’s evident on the face-to-face video is that Guerrero seemed unfazed by Mayweather’s vitriol and that Mayweather has reason to be fazed by Guerrero’s physical presence, perhaps a surprise considering Guerrero’s image in some quarters as a fattened-up featherweight.
Guerrero’s reading of Mayweather’s unspoken impressions? “This guy’s bigger than I thought.”