Using IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander as leverage, prizefighting legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. unsurprisingly announced he will defend his WBC welterweight belt against current interim WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fans can also watch the 36-year-old 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 crowns, throw fists with Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs) on Showtime Pay Per View.
It’s evident that Mayweather, a longstanding WBC world welterweight titleholder who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, used the 26-year-old Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) as a bargaining chip while negotiating to receive more agreeable terms.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Guerrero, 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.
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 pugilist for the ages who is absolutely “the best there is today.”
Nevertheless, it’s apparent that Guerrero, a Californian of Mexican descent, is legitimately tough and his unorthodox stance could pester the “Pretty Boy.”
Furthermore, Mayweather isn’t getting younger and his inactivity and stint behind bars can only work as a hindrance.