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Robert Guerrero and the 3 Reasons He's a Perfect Fit to Fight Floyd Mayweather

Justin TateCorrespondent INovember 28, 2012

Robert Guerrero and the 3 Reasons He's a Perfect Fit to Fight Floyd Mayweather

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    Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO) has everything he needs to face Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO). The fight would not only be competitive, but it has the tools to be a smash hit if promoted correctly.

    Guerrero has the full package of what it takes to become Mayweather's next opponent, and here are the three ways in which Guerrero fits the criteria.

1. He's a Mature Fighter with a Heroic Storyline

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    When one looks at Guerrero, they don't see someone as prone to ridiculous statements as Victor Ortiz. He's a humble man who doesn't just profess his Christian faith, but appears to live by it as well.

    Similar to Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO), Guerrero came up in the 122-pound division and won world titles as a featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight before winning his latest title at welterweight.

    He took time off from his career to help his wife when she was on chemo battling cancer. Mayweather sells fights by being the villain. Every dragon needs a knight to attempt to slay them.

    Guerrero would make the perfect knight in shiny boxing trunks for the fans get behind and root for.

2. He's a Mexican-American Boxer Who Lives Up to His Lineage

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    Mexican fighters are historically expected to have two things if nothing else: a great chin and plenty of fighting spirit.

    Guerrero has these attributes in droves. His chin held up exceptionally well even as he went up in weight class. His last fight against Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KO) showed just how well his chin could hold up.

    Guerrero doesn't stop fighting from opening to closing bell. He's relentless, but he's not reckless. Every punch has purpose, a target and a wicked intent to hurt.

    When the HBO documentary, 24/7 begins to highlight just how tenacious Guerrero can be in the ring, clips of his recent fights will show a determination that will make audiences want to see more.

    The iconic image of the Mexican-American who will not back down from a challenge has sold fights for decades and made heroes out of Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya. Now it's Guerrero's turn.

3. He's a Southpaw in His Prime

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    A lot of noise has been made about how Mayweather has difficulties with southpaws. From his tough fight with DeMarcus Corley to his disputed glove knockdown to Zab Judah, Mayweather has it tough with southpaws.

    Guerrero is not only another southpaw, he's one who is in his prime. He turns 30 years old in March. He's got the physical abilities of a young man in his peak, but the wisdom of an experienced world-class fighter.

    Mayweather, who turns 36 in February, has the experience, but his physical gifts are withering away. If this fight is made for May 4, Mayweather will be in for a tough fight and audiences will tune in.

    Guerrero is a worthy challenger who can answer that burning question: does Mayweather still have it?

    For more on boxing, follow me @justindavidtate.

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