We still don’t know whose the next opponent of undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) for his cinco de mayo match this year. Though are names already lined up for him to fight such as Junior Middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) and former two division world champion Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs). But according to Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer, “It’s not going to be Guerrero“. Schaefer declined to comment any further. Mayweather plans to fight May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas before he begins his 90-day jail sentence on June 1.
It is still mystery who will Floyd fighting next, though since last days Mayweather fired off a series of tweets directed at Manny Pacquiao, challenging the Filipino boxer to a match on May 5 with both their welterweight championship belts on the line. Mayweather, who has a history of calling out Pacquiao but fighting other boxers instead.
“Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,” Mayweather posted on Twitter.
“My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk,” he added.
Pacquiao answered back insisting that he will fight Mayweather on May and Mayweather should accept a 50-50 purse split.
Now back to Guerrero. Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs), a former featherweight and junior lightweight titlist (and interim lightweight titleholder) emerged as a candidate because he has relentlessly pursued the fight. A fight between Mayweather and Guerrero might not be a big fight that everybody wanted to see, but it will still do well because of Mayweather’s presence as well as the large Mexican community that will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo on May 5th and will be interested in seeing Guerrero fight Mayweather.
Guerrero is a good fighter and has more than a few good options. Watching him being dominated by a bigger Floyd Mayweather would have been a pointless tragedy. Mayweather is a Welterweight and is finally calling out the only other Welterweight that matters in the grand scheme of things. Let Guerrero tangle with all that talent at 140. He might surprise us at how good he really is, but no way does he beat Floyd at this point. He must prove himself first.
I believe Mayweather might not fight Guerrero. Saul Alvarez, the WBC junior middleweight champion, is the more likely choice for Mayweather to fight rather than Guerrero.