Floyd Mayweather Takes on Northern California’s Robert “Ghost” Guerrero

Floyd Mayweather

Robert Guerrero

By Lee Hubbard The weekend of Cinco de Mayo will be the place to be in Las Vegas, Nevada, as current Welterweight World Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather will return to the ring to fight Robert Guerrero in “May Day: Mayweather vs. Guerrero.” The championship bout will take place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will also be shown live on Showtime pay per view. Also featured on the under card is a bout between WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon and Two-Division World Champion Abner Mares. The fight with Mayweather will be a tough task for Guerrero, who hails from Gilroy, California. Called “The Ghost,” the 29-year-old Robert Guerrero is 31-1 with 18 knockouts and is a six-time and four-division world champion. The southpaw boxer attracted the attention of the boxing world when he defeated two-time world champion Andre Berto in November 2012. “This will be my third consecutive fight at welterweight, and I’m feeling extremely strong going into this fight,” said Guerrero.  “My power is still there, and it will be effective against Mayweather. There’s no doubt in my mind that I have the power and skills to beat Floyd.” Mayweather, 36, is an eight-time world champion in five divisions. He has a record of 42-0 with 26 knockouts. The lightening quick counter puncher has become boxing’s biggest attraction. He has amassed wins over champions such as Diego Corrales, Joe Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz and most recently a stellar knockout of Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto. “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.  “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.” Guerrero says his rough upbringing in Gilroy and tough nature of the little town has helped prepare him for his big fight against Mayweather. “Growing up in a small town like Gilroy was rough,” continued Guerrero.  “My dad was always training my older brothers, and we were always in the gym. All the time I spent watching them has molded me into the fighter I am today.” The fight against Guerrero will be the first fight Mayweather has had since completing an 87-day jail term for domestic abuse in August 2012. “I’m excited for the challenge and fully expect a good, tough fight from him,” said Mayweather.  “However, I do expect the same outcome for him as all of the others who have challenged me before.” While Guerrero may be new to the international boxing community, he has been an inspiring boxer out of the ring. He notably gave up his junior lightweight crown in early 2010 to take care for his then ill wife, Casey, who has since fully recovered from her battle with leukemia. Her inspiring battles motivated Guerrero to take advantage of his opportunities in the ring. “I believe I can beat him,” continued Guerrero.  “He’s just another human being walking the earth. Being a Christian, we know all things are possible through Jesus Christ. He’s getting a bit older now, and I feel I have the power and speed to take him out. Everyone will be shocked on May 4 when my hand is raised in victory.”
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