It looks as if (arguably) the world's best pound-for-pound fighter is on the precipice of announcing his return to the ring. According to Chris Williams of Boxing News 24, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will soon confirm a rumored May 4 fight against Robert Guerrero:
Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz is reporting that they are on the verge of announcing the May 4th fight card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
Mayweather and Guerrero won't be the only top-tier fight on the card, either. WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will take on WBA junior middleweight title holder Austin Trout in an undercard bout. Alvarez's official Twitter feed confirmed the fight on Friday:
Canelo vs Troutmay 4 MGM 👊👊👊— CaneloOficial (@caneloOficial) February 15, 2013
The main event between Mayweather and Guerrero has been expected since January. When the rumors broke that the two would be fighting, Mayweather even responded on his Twitter feed and said nothing was confirmed.
However, most just saw that tweet as a delaying of the inevitable while the two sides hammered out contractual details. If this report ends up coming to fruition, the May 4 bout will mark the first time Mayweather has been inside the ring in nearly a year.
Mayweather defeated Miguel Cotto via a unanimous decision on May 5 of last year, a victory that sent his record to an impressive 43-0-0 (26 KOs).
Since then, Mayweather spent two months in jail because of a domestic abuse charge before being released in August.
Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), meanwhile, spent the 2012 calendar year continuing his rise up the ranks. He defeated Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto via unanimous decision last year and captured the vacant WBC welterweight championship.
Though his name isn't on the Manny Pacquiao level of mainstream recognition, Guerrero has been an underrated fighter for years. Based on this report, it seems like he'll finally get a chance to shine on the international stage.
The only question that remains is whether he will be able to handle the limelight.