Mario Serrano, publicist for former featherweight and junior lightweight titlist Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18KOs), has been in relentless pursuit of the most lucrative fight in the sport for his fighter recently: a PPV date with Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Over the past few weeks, media members have been practically besieged with press release after press release from Serrano touting his fighter as a shoe-in for Mayweather’s next fight. While most boxing insiders immediately dismissed the potential match-up as nothing more than something like Team Guerrero’s attempt at hitting the boxing lottery, Serrano was at minimum successful enough at his job to get his fighter’s name in the conversation.
Well, until now.
Recent comments made by Golden Boy Promotion’s CEO Robert Schaeffer to ESPN suggest that whomever Mayweather steps in the ring with next, it most certainly will not be Robert Guerrero.
So what’s Mario Serrano supposed to do now? Here is one boxing writer’s take on some fights Guerrero’s publicist should shoot for now.
1. Manny Pacquiao – Hey, if you can’t have the golden goose, why not try for the golden gander? Bob Arum and company seem reluctant to put their cash cow Pacquiao in the ring with Mayweather but that doesn’t keep them from lining up other possibilities. Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez (again) and Miguel Cotto (again) have been touted as Pacman’s next endeavor, so why not Guerrero? Top Rank could frame the fight as hero Manny stepping in the ring with the guy Floyd Mayweather keeps ducking (again). And since “The Ghost” is managed by Golden Boy Promotions, it’d give top brass officials Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya another practice run at working together for making the fight we really want to see.
2. “Sugar” Ray Leonard – Sure, Ray Leonard is 55 years old, but he’s also a naturally bigger fighter who was once considered the pound-for-pound king. While a “catch age” is out of the question, a “catch weight” sure isn’t, so the fight could be made at a weight Leonard (who obviously hasn’t trained in years) would be comfortable with making. This fight could serve as a consolation prize for Guerrero’s team, a poor man’s Mayweather fight with a more legitimate shot at winning for their fighter.
3. Mike Tyson – Tyson is a heavyweight, but Guerrero’s recent attempt to land in the ring with a fighter a full two weight classes above him can only mean one thing: weight class restrictions are off the table. In his old age, Tyson has chilled a bit which means Guerrero wouldn’t have to worry about having his ears bit off or his arm broken, but the event would remain intriguing, if anything, because something tells me one really good punch from Mike could potentially take Guerreros’ head clean off his shoulders.
4. Casper The Friendly Ghost – Yeah, the cartoon ghost is friendly outside of the ring, but something tells me he’ll go completely berserk if someone punches him in the face. While some might say being a cartoon would give Casper an unfair advantage over Guerrero, keep in mind that he’s also fictitious which would give the judges good reason to hand the close rounds to Guerrero should the fight go to scorecards for a decision.
5. The Klitschko Brothers – No, not a Klitsckho brother but the Klitschko brothers – as in both. Robert Guerrero’s team thinks big, and what could be bigger than taking on the two most feared fighters in the heaviest weight class at the same time? I picture something akin to seeing a G.I. Joe trapped on the Rock’em Sock’em Robots board, and who wouldn’t pay to see something like that?
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