When Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1) lost via unanimous decision to Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0) Saturday night at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas, the challenger could not cash in on his opportunity to cement his legacy by beating the undefeated champion.
As tough as this loss will be for Guerrero to swallow, this is far from the end of the road for the gifted fighter.
There were plenty of other challengers that tested their will and determination against Mayweather and failed, but the effort the Ghost put forth Saturday night more than made up for the fact that he was handed just the second defeat of his career.
Just stepping in the ring with Mayweather has added to the aura of Guerrero’s career.
Guerrero came into the fight as a serious underdog—betting line had Money at -800 and the Ghost at +500 (h/t Bovada)—and almost no one was picking the challenger to walk away victorious despite beating bona fide star Andre Berto in his last bout.
While the loss against Mayweather derails the effort to become an instant legend, the ascension to the top of the welterweight/light middleweight divisions has begun for the 30-year-old veteran.
Now that Guerrero has the mainstream notoriety of fighting Mayweather, the veterans that want the next payday against Money will be looking to test their mettle against the Ghost. Add in the young stars looking to make their mark on the sport, and Guerrero’s dance card will be filled for the rest of his career.
Now that Mayweather has proven himself superior once again, the next question has to be what’s next for Guerrero and his attempt to capitalize on the mainstream attention he has received during this fight with the boxing legend.
While Guerrero could spend the rest of his career taking easy fights and padding his stats, the Ghost doesn’t look to be the kind of fighter that will rest on the notion that fighting Mayweather will be the highlight of his life.
Guerrero should take on a serious contender in the division like Miguel Cotto, and if he goes on to steal a victory in that bout, a possible rematch with Mayweather or even a bout with Manny Pacquiao could conceivably be on the horizon.
No matter what’s next for Guerrero, his performance against Mayweather proves his career is far from over despite the loss.