With Floyd Mayweather's May 5th, 2012 date looming, many boxing experts believe Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero has a chance to knock off boxing's Pound for Pound king. Here's what they had to say.
Floyd Mayweather - 14
Robert Guerrero - 6
Emanuel Steward - Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee & HBO Commentator
"It's a tough fight. To me it's a pick-em fight in my opinion."
Roberto Duran - Boxing Hall of Fame Legend
"I think its a great fight. It reminds me a lot of my fight with Sugar Ray Leonard when I moved up from lightweight to welterweight and beat him. You have a fast American fighter against a bruising Latin fighter. Styles make fights and this is a very interesting match-up. I feel that Robert will pull off the upset in Las Vegas and I must be there to see it. Guerrero by unanimous decision."
Dan Rafael - Boxing Writer ESPN
"I got Mayweather in a unanimous decision."
Kevin Iole - Boxing Writer - Yahoo Sports
"I think Mayweather would win that fight because he's the best fighter in the world."
Nonito Donaire - Three-Division World Champion
"Floyd is a great fighter as is Robert. Both show great resilience in the ring. Robert has the heart of a warrior and it's a great fight for boxing. I have to go with Robert Guerrero who's younger/freasher to win this fight."
Lem Satterfield - Ring Magazine Online
"It's going to be a boxing match and more technical than people think. You're going to have to really appreciate boxing like a chess match in this fight. I think if Robert wants to beat Floyd he's going to have to gamble at times, but not like Zab Judah , Chop Chop Corley or Ortiz did because Guerrero's got great defense. He has incredible energy and I think he's got a real good foundation of skills that's underrated. It will be competitive because Guerrero hasn't really lost too many rounds in his last few fights against very competent competition in Katsids, Casamayor and Escobdeo. This will be Floyd's toughest opponent because where he's at in his career. That being said I have to go with the Floyd by a majority decision."
Luis Decubas Sr. - Boxing Promoter
"Whenever you fight a fighter that doesn't know how to lose is very difficult to go against him. But with a great fighter, who's getting older, styles make fights and Robert Guerrero is a big, strong, young southpaw with the aggression and foot ability to beat Mayweather. Believe it or not I'm picking Guerrero by UD decision."
Cameron Dunkin - World Class Boxing Manager
"Guerrero is quick southpaw but I'm going with Floyd in a REAL competitive fight. Floyd wins 7 rounds to 5."
Eric Gomez - Matchmaker Golden Boy Promotions
"I think it will be a dead heat going into the tenth round with Robert coming out on top because he's the younger fresher fighter."
David Avila - Boxing Writer - Riverside Press-Enterprise
"That's a very close one. If The Ghost were to fight Mayweather, I'm just wondering if he could fight that style. It's a confusing style when fighting Mayweather because he makes you think and pause while he hits you. I say Mayweather in a close split decision."
Robert Diaz - Matchmaker Golden Boy Promotions
"Guerrero's always been a big lightweight in my eyes. I don't see welterweight being a problem if Robert puts on the weight properly. Look at Marquez...he put on the weight nicely and in my opinion beat Manny. Robert is a bigger lightweight then Marquez so I don't see any problems with him moving up. Mayweather has had issues with southpaws...Zab Judah, Chop Chop Corley and even Victor gave him problems. Roberts very strong but he's a technician as well. He's young, he's strong and he's faced all kinds of adversity which means he can handle anything. He's starving. Mayweather would be fighting a young hungry southpaw. I heard Guerrero's ordered three turkeys for thanksgiving, one from Las Vegas, one from Mexico and one from the Philippines...Mayweather, Marquez and Pacquiao. My pick is Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero in a unanimous decision."
Buddy McGirt - Respected Boxing Trainer and Former World Champion
"Floyd easy fight in a unanimous decision."
Ryan Maquiñana - Boxing Writer - BoxingScene.com
"With Pacquiao-Marquez IV likely on the horizon, there aren't too many options left for Mayweather, but Robert Guerrero should be somewhere at the top of the list. He's a tall, accurate southpaw who presents some issues for Floyd, and I don't think size would be a problem as I've seen "The Ghost" walk around at 152, 153 pounds. If they were to meet, Floyd's track record would make him the favorite by decision, but Robert's a live underdog, and it wouldn't surprise me if he put the first blemish on Floyd's career."
Robert Hough - reporter
"If it's not clear how to beat Mayweather, it's clear that fighting his fight is hopeless. I'd love to see an active fighter with good footwork; long arms and a serious jab throw about 70 jabs per round at him. Guerrero could do that, but Money Mayweather is schtick and Floyd Mayweather is exceptional so I suspect he'd find ways to win in a fight that has real potential to be a lot closer, more interesting and more exciting than people might suspect. Mayweather by unanimous decision."
Leon Margueles - President Warriors Boxing & Promotions
"I believe Mayweather wins because he is bigger, stronger and faster. He is also more technically sound and durable and has way more experience. That being said, outside of Manny and Sergio, I cannot think of a fighter who can give him a serious challenge right now. Robert Guerrero is as good as anyone
else as far as deserving an opportunity."
Joel Casamayor - Four-time World Champion
"As of this moment Floyd Mayweather is the best P4P fighter in the world. No doubt. I wanted to fight him years ago at 130lbs because I know his style benefits a southpaw. I've known Robert for years. I've mentored him than fought him. He's learned a lot and I feel he has the abilities to become the best fighter pound for pound. He's a young, strong, fast, tall, lanky and tricky southpaw. One night one shot I think Robert can shock the world. He beats Mayweather by decision"
Igor Frank - Boxing Writer - Examinar.com
"I don't think Robert is read for Mayweather yet. The last fight I seen him he fought as a lightweight. He's going to have to fight Floyd at welterweight. I just don't think the Robert is on the level Floyd yet. Mayweather is the stronger guy and I pick him to win a unanimous decision."
Miguel Diaz - World Boxing Hall of Fame Trainer
"Floyd is a great fighter. If there's someone who's going to beat him it's gonna be a strong young fighter like Robert Guerrero. He is a southpaw with lots of skill. But in the end I feel Floyd will be too intelligent and win a decision in a VERY competitive fight."
Orlando Cueller - Respected Boxing Trainer
"Mayweather all the way, a total mismatch! Mayweather is in the unreal league and, though I have a lot of respect for what The Ghost has accomplished, this is just a little bit too much for Guerrero!"
Franco Gonzalez - Respected Boxing Trainer
"Robert Guerrero is a special fighter who has gotten better as he goes up in weight. He's a good puncher he's a southpaw and a dangerous fight for Mayweather. But, Floyd is Floyd he is the best P4P fighter in the world hands down. He's too smart and poised he beats Guerrero by a comfortable decision."
Rick Pienda - Ringside Photographer
" We all want to see Mayweather vs. Pac-man. But it looks like it won't happen. I can't think of a better challenge out there than The Ghost. He's a young strong lion. That being said, Floyd is a great fighter, he's one of a kind and he beats Guerrero by unanimous decision in a chess match. It is a very interesting fight. Floyd's 43-0 Experience prevails."
Karim Mayfield - Undefeated NABO Jr. Lightweight Champion
"Guerrero vs. Mayweather would be huge for the Bay Area. I've been in there with The Ghost and he hits like a middleweight. Mayweather has problems with southpaws and Guerrero is one of the best but I'm leaning toward Floyd Mayweather to squeak out a majority decision."