Robert Guerrero: “This is Bigger than Boxing. It’s About Humbling a Man Everyone Perceives is Unbeatable”

February 21, 2013 – Four-Division and Six-Time World Champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), and pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs) are finally going to step in the ring on May 4, 2013.  The contracts were signed by both Guerrero and Mayweather after months of anticipation.  Both fighters are perennial pound for pound champions and fans around the world can expect to see an action packed showdown.  This mega-million dollar global event will be one the fans will remember for years.
 
Undefeated in his Hall of Fame career, Floyd Mayweather is no stranger when it comes to fighting on Cinco de Mayo weekend.  The Mexican-American holiday is one of Floyd’s favorite dates to do battle.  His conquests against Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya generated huge PPV numbers, making Mayweather the highest paid athlete in the world.  In 2007, Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya set the record for the most PPV buys in boxing history, which still stands today.
 
Mayweather who is at the apex of sports, is one of the most recognized face’s on the planet.  Fighting Guerrero will present Mayweather with his most difficult challenge since his fight with Oscar De La Hoya, being that Robert is a decorated multiple world champion in his prime.  Guerrero, like De La Hoya, is one of the most accomplished Mexican-American fighters of this generation. 
 
Guerrero gained international recognition when he made the leap from Lightweight to Welterweight to win a world title.  Guerrero joined an elite class of fighters who have jumped up two weight classes to win world championships which include Roberto Duran, Roy Jones Jr., and Sugar Shane Mosley.  In addition, Guerrero became the third fighter in boxing history to win a world title at featherweight and welterweight, uniting with legend Henry Armstrong and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao.  Finally, Guerrero joined all-time great Oscar De La Hoya becoming the only Mexican-American fighters to win world titles across four divisions.
 
Leading up to his showdown with Mayweather, Guerrero defeated five Olympians in a row, winning multiple world championships along the way.  Guerrero’s dominating victory against No. 1 contender Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs), a fighter who was the mandatory challenger to face Floyd for over three years, proved he’s one of the best fighters in the welterweight division.  “The Ghost” followed that impressive feat with another spectacular performance, dominating former two-time welterweight world champion, Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KOs) in a “Fight of the Year” candidate.  Guerrero’s performance against Berto also garnered him “Fighter of the Year” by some boxing pundits.  Both wins came by wide 12-round unanimous decisions.
 
When asked about fighting Floyd Mayweather on the biggest stage in sports, Guerrero stated, “First I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all his blessings.  Without him I am nothing.  Next I want to give thanks to my team for all their hard work, dedication and loyalty.  It’s been a long road with many trials and tribulations but we’ve stuck together though the fire.”
 
“Floyd Mayweather is a great fighter, one of the best to ever lace up the gloves, but on May 4th I’m going to end his reign as pound for pound king,” said Guerrero. “I believe God has put me in this incredible position for a reason. This is bigger than boxing.  It’s about humbling a man everyone perceives is unbeatable. When I come out victorious on May 4th, everyone will know that if you put Jesus Christ first in your life, anything is possible.”
 
“I’m dedicating this fight to knocking out blood cancer with Be The Match. This organization saves lives by finding matching donors for patients who need a bone marrow transplant. My wife had leukemia and needed a marrow transplant — and she found her donor through Be The Match.  Now she’s cancer free. I want to use my platform as a fighter to help Be The Match save even more lives by getting more people to join the Be The Match Registry like I did. You could be someone’s cure. Find out how at BeTheMatch.org.”
 
Will the seasoned veteran Mayweather be able to tame the young hungry lion Guerrero?  Mayweather vs. Guerrero will be an epic battle of boxing’s best fighters facing off against one another.  Get ready for the fight of the year in the ultimate David vs. Goliath super-fight.

Four Marathons of Legendary Fights to Air on Dec. 22, 25, 29 & Jan. 5

LOS ANGELES, December 21 – This holiday season, get ready for a gift all boxing fans will love, as Golden Boy Promotions teams up with FOX Deportes to re-air classic fights for four days and nights of epic fights featuring current and future Hall of Famers, world champions and rising stars engaging in some of the most pivotal bouts of their careers.
 
Included in these marathons are “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Julio “JC” Cesar Chavez, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Marco Antonio “Baby Faced Assasin” Barrera, Miguel Cotto, Sugar Shane Mosley, Canelo Alvarez, Abner Mares, Ricky “Hitman” Hatton and Danny “Swift” Garcia, just to name a few.
 
The action begins this Saturday, December 22 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT with the following lineup:
 
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Pernell Whitaker – 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
Manny Pacquiao vs. Marco Antonio Barrera I – 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley I – 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT
Erik Morales vs. Pablo Cesar Cano – 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT
Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez III – 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT
Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley – 8:00 p.m.ET/5:00 p.m. PT
Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz – 9:00 p.m.ET/6:00 p.m. PT
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad – 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT
 
The next day of classics begins on Tuesday, December 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT with 10 more bouts:
 
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ike Quartey – 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Shane Mosley vs. Ricardo Mayorga – 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Oscar De La Hoya – 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton – 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Fernando Vargas – 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT
Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez II – 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad – 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT
Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana – 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT
Canelo Alvarez vs. Ryan Rhodes – 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT
Canelo Alvarez vs. Mathew Hatton – 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT
 
On December 29, it’s a Saturday night doubleheader featuring:
 
Abner Mares vs. Vic Darchinyan – 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT
Danny Garcia vs. Nate Campbell – 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT
 
Finally, on Saturday, January 5, it’s another marathon of elite level boxing action with the following bouts:
 
Rigoberto Alvarez vs. Austin Trout – 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT
Lamont Peterson vs. Victor Ortiz – 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT
Amir Khan vs. Paulie Malignaggi – 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT
Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley -9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad – 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT

Fighting Father-Time: Mosley, De La Hoya, Johnson, Holyfield, Jones Jr.

Fighting Father-Time: Mosley, De La Hoya, Johnson, Holyfield, Jones Jr.

By: Brandon Stubbs
Follow me @Punch_2theface

At what point in a fighter’s life will they realize that they are tired of getting repeatedly punched in the face? Recently rumors have been circling about many of my favorite fighters either ending their retirements or a “farewell” fight before retirement.

The latest in this trend is “Sugar” Shane Mosley. The last time we seen the 41 year old, he was on the wrong end of a one sided beating by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez this past May. After that fight he stated he wanted one  more bout then likely done, but left a window open for a return. Looks like Polish promoter Andrzej Wasilewski is trying to climb in that window. Wasilewski is flashing some cash at Mosley in hopes of him coming to Poland and taking on undefeated junior welterweight Damian Jonak. As of right now, there is no firm word if Mosley is considering this offer and lets hope he doesn’t. With no wins in almost four years and three one side losses to Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather as well as a draw to Sergio Mora who clearly out worked him the whole fight; “Sugar” Shane ain’t looked so sweet these past few years.

One of Mosley’s career counterparts, Oscar De La Hoya is another one flirting with the idea of a comeback. He sent the internet ablaze over the weekend with the tweet: “I’m really confident I can do some damage to any 54 pounder in the world, except Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez”. Over the last few years this has became the norm for Oscar. Every few months he’ll throw a tweet about training or how he would match up with certain fighters, only to recant or play stupid when pressed about a comeback. The last image we have of Oscar is a tired, beat man on his stool quitting after going up against the faster, younger Manny Pacquiao in 2008. In wake of his retirement he has built a promoting juggernaut in Golden Boy Promotions, did drugs, and got clean and hell bent on destroying Bob Arum. Can’t lie, I would like to see Oscar come back for one more fight and erase that image of a beat man alone on his stool.

Known as the “Road Warrior”, Glenn Johnson has never backed down from a fight and will go anywhere to have it. For years he was a fixture in the super-middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions. But, the past two years haven’t been so great for him, going 2-4 during the span. The last loss came this July against an up and comer Andrej Fonfara via unanimous decision. After the fight he sat down with the ESPN Friday Nights crew and told them he was done. Well, that lasted all of four months when the 43 year old announced last week that he is coming back to take on British super-middleweight George Groves in London on Dec. 15. For Johnson it  is more about competing and seeing where he’s at than title belts. “I feel differently now. I would love an opportunity to see if I can still fight the way I feel like I can. If I don’t step in the ring and give it a shot I won’t know, so I want to step in the ring and give it a shot.” Johnson has always taken care of himself both in and out of the ring, that’s hope this will be his last go at it after a Hall of Fame career.

Unlike the three previous boxers I’ve mention, Evander Holyfield should never get in a ring again. After turning 50 on Oct. 19, the “Real Deal” said he was done and we all said ‘finally and thank you Evander’. Well that thank you wouldn’t last long as days later he changed his mind and will continue to fight in hopes of being the heavyweight champion once again. Two questions on that, who is he going to fight or have a legit chance to beat? And who would pay to watch this train wreck? Speaking of train wrecks I now come to one of my favorite boxers of all time Roy Jones Jr. Here is a guy who has nothing left to prove and needs to just stop. In his prime he would fight in front a sold out crowds in jam packed arenas and now he is having fights in civic centers out of the country against C level fighters. He has a good job doing play by play with HBO and I could even see him being one hell of a good trainer for a lot of fighters in the game today. But Roy enjoys the rush and plans to fight more. The latest rumor is a fight with famed street fighter turned UFC rough neck who has now turned boxer Kimbo Slice.

The moral to all of this is stop. Stop saying you’re going to retire and then accept someone waving cash to get you back in the ring. Stop taking meaningless fight just to massage your ego. Stop blowing your money in your prime to where to have to continue to fight to make a living. Stop letting your body take unnecessary punishment and think about your future before you sign on the dotted line. And finally, stop trying to fight father time, last time I checked he is undefeated and looks to be unstoppable.