MANILA, Philippines -- Former world lightweight champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero slammed undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for lying about not knowing who Guerrero is.
Guerrero was one of the two men, aside from Mexican star Saul Alvarez, rumored to be potential opponents for Mayweather on May 5. But in an interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather claimed he does not know who Guerrero was.
"I don't even know who that dude Guerrero is. That didn't come from me. I'm not trying to fight Guerrero," Mayweather said.
But Guerrero said there is no way that Mayweather does not know who he is.
"I was the co-feature on one of his pay-per-view events, so he knows full well who I am," he said in a Fight Saga interview. "That's a lie."
Guerrero fought on the undercard of Mayweather's November 2006 fight against Carlo Baldomir. Guerrero lost to Orlando Salido via a 12-round unanimous decision, but the result was changed into a no-contest after Salido tested positive for steroids in the post-fight test.
Guerrero said Mayweather made up the lie because the unbeaten American "doesn't want to fight me."
"(Mayweather) likes to hand-pick his opponents. I'm a southpaw who's 5-foot-9 and my walk-around weight is 152-pounds. I'm bigger than he is," he said.
"Plus, I have incredible punching power in both hands. And most of all, I've studied this guy and know him like the back of my hand. I'm the guy that can hurt him and he knows it," Guerrero added.
If Mayweather continues to denies knowing who Guerrero is, "The Ghost" said he will be more than willing to introduce himself inside the ring.
"Floyd can say what he wants but believe me, he knows who I am. If he doesn't, let's step in the ring and he can find out. I'll give him a formal introduction," he said.