The boxing community is more or less in agreement right now: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero should fight this May. It is a bout that makes sense on too many levels to ignore. Guerrero is a rising star who is looking to make his mark on the sport by at the very least challenging, at the very most beating, the top pound-for-pounders in the world today. Mayweather is looking for a legitimate opponent who can help him cash in on a huge fan base this coming Cinco de Mayo weekend. It works on every level.
Of course, it is worth remembering that fights which the boxing community deems ‘make too much sense to ignore’ often get ignored anyway. These stars, unfortunately, have a whole different perception of reality than the fans, media and various boxing aficionados do. And that interesting view on things is what drives them to behave the way they ultimately end up behaving.
To the average boxing fan, Mayweather versus Guerrero in May makes a whole lot of sense. Much in the same way that an eventual showdown between Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez makes a whole lot of sense. However, to Roger Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather’s uncle, neither of those fights stack up to three other potential bouts that have been discussed in the past.
“There’s still a lot of money to be made,” Roger told Hustle Boss regarding his nephew’s future plans. “Hopefully the fights he’s going to have is going to be big, big fights. The next three fights should be big.”
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Absolutely. Big, smart fights are always a good idea. That’s what Roger meant, right? Big, smart fights?
“He’s still got the hunger for boxing and there’s a lot of money to be made,” said Roger. “If he fights guys like [Manny] Pacquiao, [Juan Manuel] Marquez, Timothy Bradley; guys like that. Them are three big, big fights.”
That, ladies and gentleman, is what you call prioritizing good names over good fights. Let’s put aside the Mayweather versus Pacquiao suggestion; a showdown between the undefeated champ and either Marquez or Bradley is probably the worst idea in recent memory. Mayweather wiped the floor with Marquez the first time they met, and history would repeat itself if there were a rematch. There is no way he would hastily walk into a counter a la Pacquiao. And Bradley, well, does anyone really need an explanation as to why he would get destroyed in a fight against the sport’s pound-for-pound king?
Guerrero is quite clearly the most logical next option for Mayweather – and it’s a bit troubling that his uncle doesn’t see that. Then again, there is a reason why Roger isn’t involved on that side of things.
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At the end of the day, these are the facts: there is no way Mayweather fights Bradley on Cinco de Mayo weekend, and both Pacquiao and Marquez are tied up this year. All three are not feasible options to be the undefeated champ’s next foe.
Guerrero is the guy.
End. Of. Story