By Luis Sandoval
We now know Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is the lucky fighter to win the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes as he will face him May 4th in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand. Guerrero has been clamoring for this fight since last year and it took a tough win over a then unknown Selcuk Aydin and former champion Andre Berto to earn his chance at the pound for pound king.
Depending on who you talk to, the fight is either considered a walk in the park for Floyd or Floyd is going to be in for one of the tougher nights of his career. Showtime commentator Al Bernstein thinks it will be the latter as he discussed his thoughts on the fight when he appeared on the most recent episode of BoxingScene’s official radio show “The Boxing Lab”.
“It's definitely an appropriate opponent for [Mayweather] to choose. [Guerrero] performed very well [against Selcuk Aydin] and one of the things is Aydin can pop and [Guerrero] took big punches. Then he fights Andre Berto and Berto hits him with the kitchen sink. Andre Berto landed monstrous punches against him and the reason I emphasis that is even though Guerrero clearly won the fight, we know that Robert Guerrero can take a Welterweight punch. So if we know that to be true that means he is probably not going to find himself on the canvas from one Floyd Mayweather right hand. Maybe he will but it's unlikely. And so given all that, Robert Guerrero has shown us that he is a very solid fighter” Bernstein would tell The Boxing Lab.
In his last fight, Guerrero put on a very physically dominating performance against Andre Berto that resulted in both of Berto’s eyes being shut and getting mauled and beaten on the inside for most of the night. The pressure Guerrero applied is what some think is vital in beating a guy like Floyd who has superior defensive skills. Bernstein believes the outcome of the fight will be decided by what Guerrero can do when Floyd is against the ropes.
“Floyd Mayweather Jr now is a fighter who backs himself up against the ropes. Some fighters don't know how to handle it. Oscar De La Hoya when he fought him smothered his punches a little bit and that cost him the fight. You saw Victor Ortiz get frustrated and tried to head butt. The guy that handled him right on the ropes was Jose Luis Castillo and the first fight against Floyd he may have won. You have to be able to do something when Floyd Mayweather is on the ropes. Cotto did some good work but for the most part was not able to do as much as he wanted” said Bernstein.
Al is definitely excited to be able to call a Floyd Mayweather fight now that Mayweather has defected to Showtime after striking a lucrative deal. The last time Al recalls calling a Mayweather fight was in 2001 when he faced Carlos Hernandez.
To listen to Al Bernstein’s interview in its entirety you can listen to The Boxing Lab podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/boxinglab/2013/02/20/the-boxing-lab-boxingscenes-official-audio-show
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