MANILA, Philippines – Interim World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero deserves a chance to fight unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., ESPN boxing writers believe.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael and Brian Campbell said Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) has done enough to merit a shot at Mayweather, who is planning to return to the ring on May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I think it should be Guerrero. He’s the mandatory challenger, he’s coming off two excellent victories against top quality opponents, and he’s a fighter who I think gives Mayweather a test,” Rafael said.
Campbell agreed with Rafael, noting that the Mayweather-Guerrero match-up is “a fantastic one.”
“It’s one that Robert Guerrero has earned by jumping up to welterweight and putting out two impressive performances,” Campbell said.
“It’s also a fight we can look at and say, we’re not necessarily sure if Floyd’s automatically gonna win that and that brings some great suspense,” he added.
The other potential opponent for Mayweather is Mexican prodigy Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 30 KOs), and Campbell believes that fight should be held as soon as possible.
“In my mind, we have before us an opportunity, a gigantic super fight in Mayweather and Canelo,” he said. “We can do it right now. I don’t want to take any more chances. Let’s just do this and see where we go from here.”
But Rafael argued that Guerrero deserves to fight Mayweather before Alvarez.
“I think Robert Guerrero is a better opponent than Canelo Alvarez. Canelo is still only 23-years-old and he has yet to fight a top guy,” Rafael said.
“Guerrero dared to be great. He took on two tough opponents and he beat them. He deserves a shot before Canelo,” he added.
Rafael said Alvarez can fight in the undercard of the Mayweather-Guerrero clash on May 4, which the fighters’ promoters are already considering.
“They’re talking about having Canelo on that undercard. And if Canelo can beat a quality opponent, then maybe at the end of the year, we can see Canelo vs Mayweather,” he said.
“I’d like to see this order: Floyd vs Guerrero on May 4th, and then, if they’re both victorious, Floyd vs Alvarez on September when Floyd says he’s gonna fight for a second time,” he added.
Rafael also pointed out that at the end of the day, every Mayweather fight will end up being a “super fight” no matter who he is fighting.
“Remember, whoever Floyd Mayweather fights these days, it’s a super fight, whether it is Canelo Alvarez or Robert Guerrero,” he said.