With a scheduled fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. less than six weeks away, you have to wonder what is going through Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero's mind.
The fight with Mayweather represents the opportunity of a lifetime. Mayweather (43-0-0) is clearly the best fighter of his generation and Guerrero is a talented fighter with excellent defensive skills.
He's going to need all of those skills—and then some—in order to have a legitimate chance against the undefeated Mayweather.
So you have to wonder what was inside Guerrero's head when he was arrested for gun possession at JFK airport March 28 (source: nydailynews.com).
Guerrero was in New York doing a promotion for the May 4 fight in Las Vegas.
He is at the point where he must be in the most critical stages of training to have a chance.
Guerrero is not a knockout artist and it's quite likely that Mayweather will look at Guerrero's most recent fights and see an opponent whom he does not consider a major threat.
That's not really an insult to Guerrero; that's how Mayweather usually proceeds with training. He is concerned with his own conditioning and talent in the ring and is not often worried about what a specific opponent can do.
In the case of Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), Mayweather will notice a distinct lack of power. Guerrero registered unanimous decisions over Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto in 2012, but he could not stop either man.
He had knocked Berto down in the first and second rounds, but Berto was able to finish the fight and give a respectable performance.
Guerrero will only get a few opportunities to assert himself against Mayweather. If he doesn't take advantage of those opportunities, he will become just another name on Mayweather's resume.
Guerrero may have a decent explanation for the arrest. However, every bit of time and energy he spends with lawyers who will work on his case and reporters who ask questions about the incident will take away from his mental preparation.
That's time and energy that Guerrero can't afford to lose with an opponent like Mayweather.
That Guerrero is in this position may speak to his own demons. He has not been shy about Mayweather, saying that Money is not the fighter he was during his prime.
“I see a lot of slippage,” Guerrero told reporters. “I see him slowing down. As far as his legs not being as quick as they used to be. I have the skills and talent, and also having the experience to be in the ring. It’s having the right mindset. Being intelligent in the ring. Knowing how to change it up. Knowing how to use all of those tools. There is a difference between having the tools and knowing how to use them.”
That's bold talk and perhaps Guerrero believes his words.
But perhaps he knows he's also up against it.
He knows that Mayweather is the best fighter he has ever faced, and he may have a hard time forming the same kind of brave thoughts when he looks in the mirror.
Facing a distraction that comes with an arrest for gun possession at an airport makes the difficult task of challenging Mayweather a much tougher mountain to climb.
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