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Written by Ian Wallwork

Mayweather - Guerrero offered to fans, fans say no.

Twitter went crazy last Monday night. If you follow anyone related to boxing on the social network site, you would have noticed the #NoToGuerrero campaign, started on a whim by Brent Brookhouse, a writer at Bad Left Hook. The reason for this was a bad piece of news that hit the boxing stands; Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero were reportedly close to signing on to fight. I purposefully waited before writing about this because it seemed like smoke and mirrors aimed at drawing out Manny Pacquiao, but nearly a week later we're no closer to finding out who Floyd will face. For the record, here is what I think about the Guerrero match-up.

Mayweather has held May 5th open for a fight since late last year and he was given special court treatment last week to suspend his jail term and keep the date. Since then, we’ve been waiting to find out who he will face. Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez were both mentioned as well as Pacquiao, albeit the latter in a hushed whisper. Pacquiao is the one we want, but I could live with Alvarez and Cotto. Robert Guerrero doesn’t have any place fighting Mayweather.

I like him as a guy and as a fighter. He’s got a good record (29-1-1), beaten higher-level boxers and he held on to the IBF featherweight title for two years. He’s legit. That doesn’t make him a match for Mayweather though, and I don’t even know why he was every mentioned. If he stepped up to 147 to fight Floyd, he’d be jumping two weight classes and he’d take his first fight in a new class against the pound for pound number one. You know, the guy who has sat at the top of that list for about five years now.

Robert Guerrero looking a lot like T-Bag from Prison Break
By the time they fight he'll have been out of the ring for 13 months, his last fight a decision win over Michael Katsidis and maybe his best known win. You might remember that Guerrero was supposed to fight Marcos Maidana last August, but a shoulder injury scratched that and left all of us disappointed.

So we’ve got three things making this a bum fight: 1) He’s never fought at welterweight, 2) He won’t have fought in 13 months and 3) Arguably his biggest win is Michael Katsidis (I’m not counting a past-his-peak Casamayor, although Jason Litzau is decent). Guerrero is a popular and well-respected guy but boxing fans have been unanimous in their loathing of this fight. Oscar de la Hoya probably cried when he checked his Twitter in the morning. Or maybe he didn’t care.

For Oscar it doesn’t really matter, because the fight will still sell. A lot of casual fans make up the PPV audience, and not to be patronising or anything but they might not know the ins-and-outs of Robert Guerrero. They just put trust in Floyd Mayweather getting matched with a quality opponent. Fans were already given a horror show last time they paid money to watch Floyd fight, do it again and they might not bother paying unless it’s Pacquiao in the ring. I’m 100% against this fight, and if I get an offer to do something else that weekend, I might take it. Actually who am I kidding, I’ll still watch it, but I won't like it.