"His year off and time in jail will have taken a toll on him. Until you get into the ring and shake it off, there is always that ring rust to worry about. He’s handpicked guys after he’s taken time off. Juan Manuel Marquez was so much smaller and Floyd didn’t even make weight. He took out Victor Ortiz and if you’re the best, then you shouldn’t have to win that way."
Floyd had his own opinions concerning Miguel Cotto and Robert Guerrero’s rough house tactics and newfound desire of trash talk of which he has gained some boxing notoriety when he commented, "Miguel Cotto has a lot more experience than Guerrero and our fight was a super middleweight against a welterweight. Cotto is a much bigger puncher."
"He’s (Guerrero) flat footed and more like a grappler than a boxer. I’ve been facing guys forever. He’s my mandatory challenger for my WBC title. I like him and I think he’s a nice guy. When he’s been face to face with me, he hasn’t said anything. He’s a tough, young competitor. He talks a good game and we’ll see if he can fight as well as he talks."
Robert knows that Mayweather, Jr. often finds success with his previous foes before they even set foot in the ring.
"Floyd is going to be Floyd. He likes to get under your skin but it hasn’t worked. He knows he’s in for a tough fight. I’m coming to fight as always. He’s not getting under my skin. I just want to be the best in the sport. This is the guy and he’s the man to beat. If you beat him, then you’re on top. I have two fights at 147 pounds and he should have called me out earlier. I’m a solid 147 pounds now."
Robert’s wife, Casey is a cancer survivor whose treatment forced Guerrero himself to take a break from boxing from April 2011 to July 2012.
"This is my chance to get to the top. I feel no pressure at all. Being by my wife’s side while she was fighting cancer – now that is pressure.", said Guerrero.
Floyd added his thoughts involving his desire to stay at the top of the sport as well as maintaining his level of fitness when he added, "Lots of fighters are content and happy with getting to the top. I can never be happy. I have to continue to try and grow and get better. I never abuse my body with alcohol or drugs. My weight stays around 147. This is a year round sport and I’m dedicated to it."
As previously mentioned, Mayweather is quick to remind all that nearly four dozen opponents have tried to defeat him with various methods in the ring and all have found their gloves to be on the losing side. Robert feels that he has the necessary means to crack the Mayweather code. Although the talk may sound like a broken record, as so many have previously claimed to have the secret, Robert let his thoughts be known.
"This will be a lot different for him. A lot of people underestimate how strong I am in the ring. A strong body, fast hands, skill and talent will be the game changer for me. I have been in with so many different styles. Brawlers, punchers and boxers."
Floyd commented on his undefeated record and what he thought of his opponent as he said, "He looked good in his fight with Andre Berto. He fought hard and did what he had to do. Everyone has the same game plan. Throw a lot of punches and keep the pressure. None of it has worked. You can’t go into a gun fight and think that you won’t get shot. He has a 15 shot pistol and I’ve got an Uzi."
Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero is a well documented and highly spiritual man. He often criticized Mayweather over Floyd’s flamboyant lifestyle and flashy tendencies outside of the ring. "Money" Mayweather had his own thoughts on this matter in the wake of Guerrero’s recent arrest in New York after he attempted to board a plane with an unloaded gun.
"He keeps saying that money is my god and that I pray to money. This is not about religion. This is about two fighters testing their skills against each other. I support different causes and I give back to the less fortunate. I have nothing to say about his religion", said the undefeated and five division champion.
"Then he showed up at the airport with a gun. He was joking about me going to jail and now he may have to do time. We all make mistakes and no one is perfect."
Floyd is likely highly favored to win his upcoming bout, yet he is not looking past Robert Guerrero. Said Mayweather, "I have 5 more fights after this one and I’ll just continue to put the stamp on my legacy. I have no specific opponents in mind. I’m looking at one fight at a time. After Guerrero we can look to fighting again in September."
His family drama (as HBO’s "24/7" and now Showtime’s "All Access" has led us to believe) is one of reality TV lore but Floyd has now re-enlisted his father (Floyd, Sr.) to work his corner. His uncle Roger Mayweather had been his trainer in the past.
"My dad and Roger are boxing wizards. I didn’t fire anyone. My dad is a lot healthier than Roger right now. I need the guidance in my corner. Roger still works with me every day. On fight night, my dad will be in my corner. My main focus is to stay in the gym and keep on improving."
April 24, 2013