It’s hard to find a nicer guy in boxing than Robert Guerrero. In the All Access that led up to Mayweather-Guerrero, Guerrero’s moments of toughness and trash talking evoked more cringe than fear. To compensate, Guerrero’s father, Ruben Guerrero has taken the place of mouthpiece for the former welterweight champion. Ruben is brash, he’s offensive, and he’s not afraid to hit below the belt.
While his son stands in the background, silent and solemn, Ruben drums up the controversy by mouthing off on a variety of topics. You’d think that since losing a near shutout to Floyd Mayweather Jr a little over a year ago, Ruben would have been humbled. Not the case.
Ruben Guerrero has already begun the verbal warfare, much like Guerrero did when he (in my opinion) talked his way into a shot at Floyd Mayweather. The target: lideal junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia. Garcia is coming off narrow (perhaps gift) decision victory over Mauricio Herrera. While Ruben Guerrero told BoxingScene that,
“Danny Garcia is the kind of fighter who likes to fight. He always comes to fight and that’s the kind of opponents that we like. I give him a lot of credit because he always comes to fight. That’s a real fighter right there, because he likes to stand in front and fight,”
What’s interesting is that Danny Garcia also has a mouthpiece. Garcia is known as a quiet guy who elects to do his talking through rap videos while letting his father, Angel Garcia, do the talking for him. Where Ruben comes up short in cleverness and foresight, Garcia delivers. Garcia has made outlandish predictions like saying he’ll cut his head off if his son lost to Argentine monster Lucas Matthysse. Garcia came in as the underdog and proved his old man right by winning a close decision in which he dropped Matthysse late.
You would think that Ruben Guerrero would be more focused on training his son to score a much needed victory of Japanese slugger Yoshihiro Kamegai. Kamegai is 24(21)-1-1 and while his opposition has been moderate in Japan, the last southpaw to face Mayweather found himself knocked out in his very next fight.
Should Guerrero get past Kamegai, which Vegas odds indicate he will, he could become an attractive name for welterweight contenders to put on their resume. Should that next opponent be Danny Garcia, a spectacular win over Guerrero could place him in the drivers seat for a potential shot at Floyd Mayweather next May. That is if Mayweather intends to stay around the welterweight division. Should Guerrero win.
As for the potential of Garcia and Guerrero, we know 1 thing is certain. The pre-fight build up would be epic. It would require round the clock cameras and several occasions where both fathers and trainers were in the same room. Preferably within arms reach of each other. Angel has a history of winning mental battles over weaker minded fighters, most famously Amir Khan when Danny won the lineal junior welterweight title.
How do I know this? Ruben Guerrero also told BoxingScene this:
“Angel is a punk. He was all over my nuts at Robert’s fight. Angel ain’t sh*t. I’ll punk that guy like I did Mayweather. Angel ain’t nothing. I already punked him. I would hurt that poor guy. If he’s going to face me, he better be ready because I don’t tolerate sh*t from anyone. Angel is nothing, I’m a real guy from the street. I’m from a real town where there are nothing but barrios. I grew up tough. He just acts tough, he’s just a guy with a big mouth,” Ruben said.
The actual fight would be spectacular. Garcia’s got a fluid style that can adapt to what his opponents (except for Mauricio Herrera) throw at him. His impeccable timing makes him a serious knockout threat to any fighter that likes to get reckless. Guerrero is prone to get into toe-to-toe battles and I have a feeling they could put on a fight of the year candidate.