Robert Guerrero’s strong and persistent public relations push to ink the fight of his career against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. is looking more and more like it might pay off. The rumor mill hit full tilt Monday, and according to Raymond Markarian of The Sweet Science, the Mayweather camp may finalize a decision by Friday as to who Mayweather (42-0) will fight May 5 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Fans have been clamoring for Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown, but conflicting schedules and perferred fight dates have apparently again caused the shelving of the increasingly imaginary mega-fight. That, coupled with Mayweather’s legal troubles – he will serve 87 days in jail beginning June 1 after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge – has opened the door for Guerrero, who according to Markarian has jumped to the front of the line with Saul Alvarez and Pacquiao still possibilities. Markarian sites a source close to the negotiation, who said that the deal is in its late stages.
When asked about the latest rumor, Guerrero’s publicist Mario Serrano said Monday that he was unaware of the dramatic developments.
“He’s the best fighter out there and, you know me, I’m always talking about fighting the best,” Guerrero told the Dispatch in November as he continued rehab after undergoing successful surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff he injured in August preparing for a bout with Marcos Maidana. “I would love to fight (Manny) Pacquiao too. But more realistically this fight with Mayweather can happen.”