Mayweather to fight 'The Ghost?'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 10 2012 12:28 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2012 08:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is reportedly close to finalizing an agreement to fight former lightweight champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, according to The Sweet Science.

Mayweather announced last year that he is making his return to the ring on May 5 and is aiming for the biggest fight possible, leading boxing fans to believe that he will finally face off against fellow pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.

Mayweather fueled those rumors when he released a series of videos on Fight Hype challenging Pacquiao to "sign the contract" for a May 5 fight date.

But negotiations between the two camps fell apart anew when Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail following a guilty plea to a 2010 domestic violence charge.

His sentence was eventually postponed until June, but at that point, he was no longer included in the shortlist of potential opponents for Pacquiao, according to the Filipino's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank.

Raymond Markarian of The Sweet Science said that "(a) source with knowledge of the negotiation told me that the two sides were very close to securing a deal that could be announced as early as this week."

Although the fight has not yet been announced, Guerrero is already looking forward to fighting against Mayweather, saying in various interviews that he has studied the American boxer.

"A clash with Mayweather will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of Guerrero's career," Markarian said. "Mayweather's advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, said their camp will announce Mayweather's opponent this week, and the signs are pointing towards Guerrero getting the shot he desires."

Top Rank's Arum has already criticized a potential Mayweather-Guerrero clash. In a Boxing Scene interview, he claimed that the fight "won't do any business at all."