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Is Floyd Mayweather Next for Robert Guerrero
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—A lot of fighters talk about their desire to one challenge Floyd Mayweather to a big money fight. Robert Guerrero was one of those guys.
“Right now, I got Pretty Boy on my radar. I know I have the style that could end his unbeaten record and give him his first loss. I’ve been campaigning to get the fight and now I’ve earned it.”
Unlike anyone else, Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) may have single handedly positioned himself into a lucrative showdown with Mayweather after posting a solid 12-round unanimous decision win over former WBC and IBF welterweight champion, Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KOs) last Saturday.
Guerrero, recognized for his technical boxing skills, put a hurting on Berto. Guerrero scored two early knockdowns and appeared ready to knock Berto out.
Berto was expected to handle the smaller Guerrero who moved up two weight classes from the 135-pound division for a chance to fight Mayweather.
In Guerrero’s debut, he seriously attacked hard-hitting Selcuk Aydin through twelve rounds to claim the interim WBC welterweight title; a belt Mayweather previously owned in recent years.
Similar to the Berto fight, Guerrero gave Selcuk a boxing lesson.
“Aydin did come and take some punches, but he wasn’t a punching bag,” Guerrero said. “He was a punching wall. He’s a tough guy, comes in strong, and he was determined to win. And the one thing that’s hard to sock is a determined man.”
Regarding Berto, Guerrero said: “Andre Berto is obviously a different fighter. He knows how to make fights. I’m happy with the style that I bring to the ring, because I can bring a bunch of different stuff to the ring. And making that adjustment to 147 pounds, I got the breaking in out of the way.”
Guerrero is taking more risks and showing extra added aggression by simply taking the fight to Berto. Guerrero beat up Berto so badly; both of his eyes were nearly swollen shut.
Overall, Guerrero deserves the opportunity to fight Mayweather. Guerrero is a former undefeated world champion at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight classes before beating Aydin to become welterweight champion earlier this year.
Guerrero has defeated world champions Michael Katsidis, Joel Casamayor, Marcos Rene Maidana, and Orlando Salido. Guerrero just moved up two weight divisions and easily handled hard-hitting Aydin and Berto in consecutive fights.
Mayweather fully understands the difficulty of moving up (and down) in weight to compete against top-level opposition. There aren’t a lot of fighters that have done anything to even warrant a fight with Floyd. Guerrero has positioned himself carefully and deserves the chance for what will be the biggest stage of his career.
‘Macho’ Camacho dies
He wasn’t ‘The Greatest’ or a ‘Golden Boy,’ but Hector Camacho was truly a ‘Macho’ man.
Sadly, Camacho was gunned down in his childhood neighborhood of Bayamon, Puerto Rico last week. Camacho died after being declared brain dead and taken off life support. He was 50 years old.
Hector Camacho, Sr. (79-6-3, 38 KOs) was a very gifted fighter. In his prime between 130-140 pounds, there was no one faster and naturally gifted than Camacho. Camacho was a multi-division world champion. He fought more than 85 professional fights losing only a handful. Camacho was never knocked out in a professional fight.
As an amateur, Camacho won three New York Golden Gloves titles. During a career spanned more than 25 years, Camacho won the WBC super featherweight, WBC lightweight, and WBO junior welterweight championships.
Camacho fought Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, Edwin Rosario, Greg Haugen, Ray Mancini, Howard Davis, Vinny Pazienza, and Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Camacho own a pair of victories against Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran when both men were no longer active fighters.
Camacho fought as recent as 2010.
Camacho was very flashy and colorful both inside and outside the ring. He carried himself with a ‘Macho’ personality. He was flamboyant and somewhat stubborn. He had an ego as large as a dessert. Camacho spoke loud, proud, and with defined vigor. Camacho’s behavior at times was unwelcoming, but he knew what to say to position himself towards a big money fight.
People enjoyed watching Camacho. He was always an entertaining and knew how to fight. I’m sorry his family made the painful choice to take him off life support.