This past Saturday night, when Robert Guerrero’s comeback fight against Selcuk Aydin took place, I was sitting ringside, trying to understand what exactly was happening.
Robert came back after a long layoff, went up in weight and took on a very dangerous and unbeaten opponent. The fight itself was truly entertaining with exciting moments throughout. Both men gave their best, and I was impressed with both fighters equally.
Aydin gave Guerrero a run for his money, constantly coming forward and firing away with fairly accurate and what seemed to be powerful shots. He barely faded towards the end, always looking fresh and hungry to get a knockout.
Guerrero, despite having a hard time against Aydin, did a great job displaying his fire and the hunger for an impressive victory. He definitely showed lack of stamina towards the end of the fight, and a few times, got caught with devastating shots, yet was able to withstand them and even reply with some of his own. I don’t believe that Guerrero had Aydin in any sort of trouble at any point in the fight, but he never let Aydin attack without an answer.
The weight difference showed itself, as Guerrero was not as quick and relentless as we are used to. Nevertheless, he won the fight, and he showed that he is capable of taking bigger shots and going the distance.
"I'm looking for the best fights. It's just about getting these guys in the ring. I'm the mandatory to Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] now. Let's make it happen," said Guerrero in a BoxingScene article.
I like Robert, and believe me, I think he is yet to shine, but assuming that he could stand a change against Floyd after a hard-fought UD victory over Aydin is absurd. I doubt that we could find a single boxing fan or analyst who would give Guerrero the slightest change against Mayweather Jr.
This is not to say that they will never end up fighting and that it won’t happen sooner rather than later.
What I am trying to convey is that while it would be a healthy financial decision, it would, at the same time, be a terrible career move for Robert. He needs to fight a few more fights at this weight against good opposition before we can judge how he would do in a fight against somebody like Floyd, or a fighter of similar caliber.
If that doesn’t turn out well, then Robert could always go back down in weight and continue his career in a more dominant fashion.