All Robert Guerrero wants for Christmas is a fight with Floyd. It might not have been placed under the tree Christmas night but good tidings come to those who wait. WBC interim welterweight champion Guererro and his fans have been waiting for Floyd Mayweather Jr. since early indication last Friday that this fight was in the works for May 4, 2013.
It was initially believed that Santa would be visiting Canelo Alvarez to deliver the big fight with Mayweather after the Mexican star posted on his Facebook page two weeks ago that such a bout was close to being done. However, it was Guererro's name listed in BoxRec this past Thursday as the next opponent for Mayweather's WBC welterweight title, with this listing mysteriously appearing and disappearing over the last few days. Subsequent media reports and the traditional Twitter greetings from Golden Boy Promotions' Oscar De La Hoya kept the hope alive leading up to Christmas.
We now anxiously await in this winter wonderland for confirmation and a formal announcement. Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO's) makes for a seemingly financially easier fight to make but not necessarily an easier opponent than Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO's). With more big fight experience and six belts in four different weight classes, it's been the most wonderful time of the year for Guerrero after winning two tough fights at welterweight by employing good ring intelligence, imposing his will and sporting a solid chin – all of which will be required against the savvy Mayweather.
It should not be a silent night for Alvarez, however, who is expected to defend his WBC light middleweight title against an opponent to be determined (this listing appeared in and was subsequently removed from BoxRec, as well). After claiming he would only fight Mayweather, Sergio Martinez or Miguel Cotto, it now appears this particular Christmas list will not be honored. With Mayweather's potential fight with Guerrero under discussion, Martinez's scheduled future bout with Martin Murray in April and Cotto's loss to Austin Trout earlier this month, Alvarez's next opponent remains tightly gift wrapped. A unification bout with WBA champion Trout, a legitimate light middleweight opponent for Alvarez, would bring joy to the world.
We continue to enjoy the remainder of our holiday season until Golden Boy is ready to go tell it on the mountain. While some may believe Guerrero will not be a big enough pay-per-view draw, all ye faithful will likely still come.
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