Robert Guerrero vows to end Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undefeated run
Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero plans to end Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s 43-fight undefeated run, claiming the pound-for-pound king is now a fighter on the decline and ripe for the picking after a one-year layoff.
“I see a lot of slippage. I see him slowing down as far as his legs not being as quick as they used to be,” Guerrero said of Mayweather, whom he will challenge May 4 for the world welterweight belt at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“He’s definitely ripe for the picking,” added Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), who has won titles at featherweight and junior lightweight, plus interim belts at lightweight and welterweight divisions.
“He’s been out for a year. It does take a toll with that ring rust. I’ve experienced it, being out a year with that shoulder surgery (in 2011) and then getting back in the ring after jumping the two weight classes. It does take a toll on you,” he further said
The fight is Mayweather’s first since bolting from career-long television home HBO to sign a six-fight, 30-month deal with Showtime/CBS.
Mayweather announced the new television deal in conjunction with his declaration that Guerrero would be his next opponent.
“Just excited, the family’s excited,” Guerrero said after being informed that he was picked by Mayweather as his next foe.
“Couldn’t be happier. This is the fight we’ve been looking for and training for. I’ll be 100 percent prepared. I’m ready for the fight,” he added.
In his last fight on May 2012, Mayweather outpointed Miguel Cotto in one of the toughest fights of his career. A month after the fight, he reported for a two-month jail term for a domestic abuse conviction.
“I think it’s perfect timing but you can’t let that carry you through the day because Floyd Mayweather is a very sharp fighter,” Guerrero said.
Like all of Mayweather’s opponents, Guerrero agreed to a rematch clause in the event the champion loses and also agreed to random drug testing overseen by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
“He knows he’s in for a dogfight and he has someone in front of him who won’t back down. He knows he has someone who won’t coward up on him. That’s why he wanted a rematch clause,” Guerrero said.