WHAT ABOUT GUERRERO?
A winner of five belts over three divisions, Guerrero has returned to training this month from rehabbing his left shoulder since the injury forced him to cancel an August clash that was to mark his junior welterweight debut against Marcos Maidana.
“Do I think [Guerrero] has a very good chance of beating Mayweather? Yes. Do I think he will eventually get the Mayweather fight? Absolutely,” said Schaefer, who would consider Guerrero for a Mayweather undercard for exposure.
“There is a progression when a fight happens, and that just doesn’t seem to be the case right now. Mayweather is looking at other options. Mayweather’s his own boss, and he’s going to decide on who he wants to fight.”
A two-time IBF featherweight and one-time IBF junior lightweight beltholder, Guerrero has a 13th-fight winning streak that includes nine stoppages, and is coming off a unanimous decision over Michael Katsidis for the WBO and WBA’s interim lightweight belts in April. Guerrero also owns a victory over Casamayor by unanimous decision.
“I’m going to be in New York next week, and one of the things that we’re going to discuss is Robert’s next fight. I know that Robert wants a big fight, and Robert deserves a big fight, and he’s a terrific young man outside of the ring and he’s also one of the most talented fighters inside of the ring,” said Schaefer.
“He’s a multiple-time champion already and this is not a guy who needs a tuneup. This is a guy who is ready to be in the biggest fights that there are. Eventually, he will get the big fight that he wants. He certainly has our full support. I’m going to work my hardest to make sure that he gets those shots at these big fights. He not only deserves it, but he has earned it.”
Guerrero has endured a tumultuous if not inspirational career, having last suffered defeat by a split-decision to Gamaliel Diaz in December 2005, but winning their rematch with a sixth-round knockout in June 2006.
In March of 2010, Guerrero chose to pull out of a scheduled clash with Katsidis in order to be with wife Casey during her recovery from a bone marrow transplant.
Guerrero’s devotion to his wife and family were recognized when he received The Bill Crawford Award for Courage In The Face of Adversity from the Boxing Writers Association of America.
“Robert is the kind of guy with his personality and his story, he has not only captured the imagination and support of not only of the fight fans, but of the general public,” said Schaefer.
“I know that he will be ready to entertain and to deliver. There are very few fighters out there who are as classy and as nice and as polite as Robert is. He is an absolute first-class guy.”
Assured that Casey’s cancer was in remission, Guerrero returned to the ring with an eighth-round knockout of Roberto David Arrieta in April of 2010. Guerrero’s comeback has included unanimous decisions over Casamayor and Vicente Escobedo in July and November of 2010.
“I’m going to work tirelessly until he gets all of these big fights. When Robert is in the ring, it’s not going to matter who he is in the ring with,” said Schaefer.
“I don’t care who he’s in the ring with, whether it’s a Mayweather or a Pacquiao or a Maidana or a Morales, Khan or whatever, you name it, I know that he’s going to deliver.”
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