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Friday, November 18, 2011 – With Floyd Mayweather’s date of May 5, 2012 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
Pick-em - 2
Emanuel Steward – Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee and 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/fresher 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 Escobedo. This will be Floyd’s toughest opponent because of 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 it’s 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 a quick southpaw but I’m going with Floyd in a real competitive fight. Floyd wins seven rounds to five.”
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 and 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. Robert is 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 is a live underdog and it wouldn’t surprise me if he put the first blemish on Floyd’s career.”
Robert Hough – FightNews.com
“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 pound-for-pound 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 then 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 – Examiner.com
“I don’t think Robert is ready for Mayweather yet. The last fight I saw him in, he fought as a lightweight. He’s going to have to fight Floyd at welterweight. I just don’t think that Robert is on the level of 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 versus 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.”
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Making his debut as a Top Rank-promoted fighter, Timothy Bradley was desperate to produce the goods and, whilst judging from the result it appeared he did that against Joel Casamayor, his execution was just not convincing of a man who wants to be propelled into a lucrative showdown with main eventer Manny Pacquiao. A combination of precise punches to the face and hooks to the body inspired an eighth round teekayo for Bradley.
Judges verdict: N/a.
Making an eagerly-awaited return to the ring, undefeated American prizefighter Timothy Bradley boxed veteran Cuban southpaw Joel Casamayor in the chief main support for the Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 12.
Having partially resolved legal strife with former representative Gary Shaw Productions and moved to new promoters Top Rank Boxing, the fight against Casamayor was Bradley’s first since January and his first whilst operating under the world-renowned Top Rank banner.
Bradley got the basics right in the first round. He kept his lead foot on the outside of his opponents so that he would be able to throw that right hand directly through the middle – a southpaw’s Kryptonite punch. It was Casamayor, though, who landed the first telling shot – a left hand cannoning into Bradley’s skull.
In round two it became apparent that Casamayor wasn’t just punching with his fists, but also his head, as he twice used it in what appeared a purposeful fashion. In the third, Bradley forced Casa to back up with a hard, crisp right hand and, midway through the round, boxed the experienced Guantanamo man in a neutral turnbuckle.
In the fourth, referee Vic Drakulich deducted a point from Casamayor’s score due to continuously leading in with his head; a sanction that he could have done without considering he had been decisively inferior in each of the opening three rounds. Three-time world champion Casamayor enjoyed his best round in the fourth as he successfully evaded a number of Bradley’s head-bound shots due to upper body movement.
A punishing body shot felled Casamayor in the fifth… the Miami, Florida resident got to his feet by the count of six but, with the majority of the round remaining, was forced to endure more shots against a Bradley who sensed a finish against a 40-year-old fighter with a softening and weakening midsection.
Bradley had Casamayor down again in the sixth and, much to the dismay of the veteran, Drakulich began a count. The reason for the protest was due to the visiting fighter’s belief that the cause of the knockdown was a push, not a punch. For the rest of the round, Casamayor very much fought every day of his years.
Bradley upped the pressure in round seven as he landed hooks to the body, right hands over the top, his consistent jab, however, if there was to be any criticism leveled against the Desert Storm, it would be his inability to finish the fight. With two knockdowns – and one because of a left hook to the liver – it was clear he had the ability to get rid of his man with more sustained and effective busyness, yet the Hollywood finish proved elusive for a man desperate to make a big impression on a high profile card.
Clad in cocoa trunks, Bradley went back to the body in round eight and, with a combination of both his uppercutting, bodywork and left hooking to the cheekbone and temple, Casamayor was floored, down and eventually out on his feet. The proud Cuban beat the count yet was pulled out of the contest by his head cornerman, Miguel Diaz.
With the victory, Bradley extended his unbeaten run, successfully defended his WBO super lightweight belt and enhanced his record to 28-0-0, 12ko. Casamayor, depleted of energy and bereft of the skill he once had in droves, dropped to 38-6-1, 22ko due to the eighth round technical knockout loss.
All Pictures: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
Fans had formed an orderly queue outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena for a chance to witness popular athletes Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez make weight. Such is the hot interest in their November 12 fight, which has Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight world championship belt on the line, that the very same venue that will host the fight was used for the weigh-in – and over 5,500 supporters made their noise…
All Pictures: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
The peaceful and gentlemanly final press conference between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez could not have been any starker in contrast to the heated to-and-fro that defending WBO super lightweight world champion Timothy Bradley and veteran challenger Joel Casamayor engaged in. All four prizefighters take centre stage on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas…
All Pictures: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
The boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas, is host to a high profile double feature this weekend as, ahead of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez’s Saturday, November 12 main event, is a card that showcases the future of the super featherweight division – Diego Magdaleno – as well as super lightweight contender Mercito Gesta, both in action on Friday evening at the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort.
Tommy Barber – London
A major titlist at both super featherweight and lightweight, 40-year-old Joel Casamayor can become Cuba’s only three-weight world champion should he trump undefeated American Timothy Bradley when the two fight on Saturday, November 12 on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez’s welterweight world title clash in Las Vegas. Casamayor and Kid Chocolate form both members of an exclusive club of Cuban two-weight champs.
A 1920′s and 1930′s superstar, Eligio Sardinas Montalvo (135-10-6, 51ko) better known as Kid Chocolate, was a legend both inside and outside the ring.
The featherweight and super featherweight ruler boxed as often as 23 times in a single year whilst forging a reputation as a lover of life’s wild-side, frequenting the hotspots of whichever city he was fighting in (Havana and New York in particular).
In November, Casamayor (38-5-1, 22ko) has the opportunity to distance himself from Kid Chocolate’s in-ring achievements should he defeat Bradley (27-0-0, 11ko)… something his co-promoter Luis de Cubas believes would immortalise him as Cuba’s finest champion.
“To be part of this important pay-per-view broadcast at this point in Joel’s career is a great opportunity,” de Cubas is quoted by the Miami Herald to have said. “Joel is already in Las Vegas preparing for the fight.
“Without a doubt, Joel is a future Hall of Famer. Defeating Bradley will cement his legacy as one of Cuba’s greatest champions.” He continued: “Many people think Joel does not have a chance against Bradley because of his age [but] that is only motivating him more. We worked with Roberto Duran when he was in his late 30s, and Duran proved a lot of people wrong, too.”
Casamayor is best known for his trilogy of fights with Diego Corrales… emerging triumphant in two. He is the only fighter to beat Jong-Kwon Baek, whilst also scalping current Oxnard trainer Robert Garcia, Nate Campbell and Michael Katsidis.
Ibrahim Harb – Birmingham
Timothy Bradley, the WBO champion at super lightweight, is currently aligned to box veteran Cuban Joel Casamayor on Saturday, November 12 in Las Vegas but has stated he has considered making a further defence of his world title after that date – against either Argentinean power puncher Marcos Maidana or Mexican warhorse Erik Morales. Bradley also commented on Casamayor, assessing his imminent opponent’s strengths.
“I’m possibly going to fight another fight at 140lbs after that and then try to make the move up,” he said to ringtv.com, referring to his ambition to campaign at welterweight and win a world championship in a second division. “There are some guys at 140 out there,” said the strong American.
The consensus number two in the weight class, Bradley (27-0-0, 11ko) has long been linked with Britain’s premier prizefighter Amir Khan – rated as the top super lightweight due to his annexing of the IBF title to his WBA crown. Bradley called Khan (26-1-0, 18ko) out earlier in the year, after having disposed of Devon Alexander. Khan, though, elected to take on Paul McCloskey hoping to then challenge Desert Storm Tim in the summer. That dust-up never came to fruition and it continues to remain a non-starter.
Khan – a pupil of renowned trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California – is now not even on Bradley’s radar, as the 28-year-old said: “There’s Marcos Maidana, there’s Erik Morales [as viable opponents]. I’m pretty much going to leave it up to Cameron and my promoters. I’m going to talk it over with them and see what their thoughts are.”
Bradley’s most immediate test is Casamayor (35-5-1, 22ko), who dropped a respective teekayo and decision loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero since trumping Michael Katsidis in 2008. He has also won twice since then, against obscure opponents – Jason Davis and Manuel Leyva.
“I’ve got to get past Casamayor first. We’ll be fighting at 140 pounds. No catchweight.”
Bradley’s last fight, meanwhile, was a technical decision triumph against Alexander in January. Despite his inactivity he has maintained good shape: “I’ve been training since the Devon fight. I was back in the gym in February, right after the fight. I only took about two weeks off.
“I started right back with my strength training and my conditioning so I’ve sort of put on some more muscle. Right now I’m at about 158lbs. I’ve put on a little bit more muscle and now I’m tearing it down.”
Bradley promised an electric performance on fight night as he provides the chief support on the undercard to Manny Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight world championship defence against long-time rival Marquez.
“I’m going to be a terror in the ring. I’ve been running every day and so my conditioning shouldn’t be a factor in this fight. I know that Casamayor is a good veteran opponent. He’s very slick and very sneaky at times. He likes to throws looping shots and he likes to try to catch you off guard. He does certain things in the ring that are not normal to sort of throw you off.
“He comes to fight. You know, he’s a gamer. And he’s a veteran.”
J.G Barrington – New York
Light Heavyweight: James DeGale – 5th Rd TKO – Alpay Kobal
Notes – Light Heavyweight Kobal was brought in on late notice for DeGale to beat up and look good in front of a pay-per-view audience on the undercard of Burns’ title defence (see below) in order to build up interest in his grudge match against George Groves next month. DeGale weighed-in at a professional career high of 174lbs which is presumably because he was only told he would fight this week.
Notes – Pound-for-pound slickster Martinez enhanced his reputation as one of the main attractions in the sport of boxing with a one-sided victory over formerly unbeaten Dzinziruk. Martinez was troubled by Dzinziruk’s weighty southpaw jab and there are rumours his vision was impaired by the middle rounds, however, the Argentine overcame any difficulty to knockdown the Eastern European five times.
Middleweight: Andy Lee – 10th Rd TKO – Craig McEwan
Notes – Lee, cousin of heavyweight Tyson Fury, tarnished McEwan’s undefeated record by teekayoing the Scot in the final round of their ten round fight. The scorecards were even at the time so Lee’s knockdown of McEwan was vital.
Notes – Boxing boo boy Mayorga was entertaining with his provocative style but Cotto was a league above in terms of talent. Both fighters had moments where they exchanged heavy blows and Mayorga looked like he had done enough to survive yet withdrew from the fight after getting felled in the 12th citing a thumb/hand injury.
Super Welterweight: Pawel Wolak – 6th Rd RTD – Yuri Foreman
Notes – For the second successive time Foreman was defeated ahead of schedule. Wolak looked impressive in a dominant display against a well known name. Wolak pressured Foreman from the off, finding success from range and had inflicted so much damage onto Foreman that he ended up retiring in his corner.
Welterweight: Joel Casamayor– SD – Manuel Leyva [97-92, 96-93, 94-95]
Notes – Leyva was decked mid-way through the fight. The scorecards were split but Casamayor had the edge in a ten round contest at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas. Casamayor started well with Leyva coming back at the end.
IBF Lightweight title: Miguel Vazquez – UD – Leonardo Zappavigna [118-110, 117-111, 118-110]
Notes – On the undercard of the Cotto/Mayorga contest, Zappavigna looked completely out of his depth against in an-form and imperious Vazquez who did everything but secure a knockout victory. It was the Mexican’s second defence of his IBF belt.
WBO Super Featherweight title: Ricky Burns – 7th Rd RTD – Joseph Laryea
Notes – Scotland celebrated another Burns night as their latest boxing star looked teak tough in forcing Laryea to retire. Burns, who himself is tall for his division, overcame a height disadvantage and was rarely troubled.
WBA World Featherweight title: Jonathan Victor Barros – UD – Miguel Roman [118-109, 118-110, 117-111]
Notes – Barros successfully defended his recently won belt against a contender who was on cloud nine following five successive knockout wins.
WBO Female Super Lightweight title: Fernanda Soledad Alegre – 6th Rd RTD – Diana Ayala
Notes – Alegre’s first defence was a successful won as Ayala was down in the fourth and retired after six.