Robert Guerrero wants a victory over Kamegai and a shot at Manny Pacquiao
Jun 18 2014 9:37 PM
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Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and this time he will face Japan's hard-hitting Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21KOs) at the StubHub Center, Saturday, June 21, 2014 and will air as the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event live on SHOWTIME  (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

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oubobcat says:

Guerrero wants another Mayweather like payday and wants to move himself back into that position. He believes he is a big name in the sport and that in itself should warrant such a payday.

Remember, he was offered a fight against Keith Thurman last year and turned it down. His reasoning “money.”

He didn't want to risk losing though to someone like Keith Thurman. That's why he didn't take the fight. He was not sure himself if he could win. Instead, he wants to take a string of easy fights in hopes of building enough momentum for another Mayweather like windfall to come his way presumably against Pacquiao.

Think about it, his strategy may work too. But until he lands what he sees as that big payday, Guerrero will be taking little risks with his career path and be fighting the likes of Yoshihiro Kamegai's until that opportunity comes.

Skibbz says:

I disagree Oubob, he's not the first fighter to turn down a showdown with one time, and every one says the same thing – money. Thurman brings little to the table, although he's slowly building a bank and a name so soon money won't be an issue. Why would a fighter take a pay cut to fight Thurman? We of course the fans want to see these match ups but fighters also want to get paid. Fighting is there living and prize fighting is the name of the game.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;56012]I disagree Oubob, he's not the first fighter to turn down a showdown with one time, and every one says the same thing – money. Thurman brings little to the table, although he's slowly building a bank and a name so soon money won't be an issue. Why would a fighter take a pay cut to fight Thurman? We of course the fans want to see these match ups but fighters also want to get paid. Fighting is there living and prize fighting is the name of the game.[/QUOTE]

I was making a statement as to how Guerrero is maneuvering his career. If he was willing to fight anybody, than he would have taken the Thurman fight last year. That's a fight he could have won. If we hear him state in the future that he is willing to fight anyone (or in his post fight comments), well that could be called into question.

He and his management team are taking a course where they are going to aim for another Mayweather like windfall. This is prizefighting, no doubt and their strategy is understandable. Its about marketability and I believe he is hoping to string together some easy wins in which he hopes to impress to stir up public interest. We will see how this strategy works and if he can create public demand for a Pacquaio fight or other big payday.

thegreyman says:

If Guerrero wants to put his name out there to be fighting big shots, he'll have to do better than Kamegai.

The reason he didn't take the fight with One Time is because he would have been beaten fair and square and he knows it.

He wont be making much noise for himself with this fight alone though, unless he puts on a really solid display. I feel the show will be stolen by the undercards though, and Guerrero will be overshadowed by the talented title fighters coming into the ring before him. He'll really have to shine if he wants this fight to raise his worth at all.

Sooner or later I think he'll have to fight the likes of Thurman if he's serious about getting a big pay day against the best again. Fighting nobodies gets you nowhere.

The Commish says:

Know what? Robert Guerrero's victory over Kamegai is a given.

While I think Pacquiao v Guerrero could be an exciting fight (with Pacquiao pushed a bit but putting an thorough leather shampoo on Guerrero), how is this fight gonna' get made? Bob Arum has Pacquiao. Al Haymon has Guerrero.

Uh? Who's move is it?

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;56078]Know what? Robert Guerrero's victory over Kamegai is a given.

While I think Pacquiao v Guerrero could be an exciting fight (with Pacquiao pushed a bit but putting an thorough leather shampoo on Guerrero), how is this fight gonna' get made? Bob Arum has Pacquiao. Al Haymon has Guerrero.

Uh? Who's move is it?

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Guerrero may be thinking long term and hoping that over time the course of the boxing landscape changes enough to make another big fight possible. He could also be aiming for a fight with another fighter from the Haymon stable. That could be Adrien Broner and that is a fight no matter what we say about these guys if built over the next 12-18 months or so (meaning each fight and destroy overmatched opponents in the mean time) could do decent PPV numbers.

Think about the promotional campaign for such a fight, it would literally be billed as good vs. evil. Guerrero as the devout christian against Broner who is the fighter so many fans want to see lose and lose badly due to his out of the ring antics.

We will see how it plays out. For Guerrero's near term future, I expect more fighters like Kamegai (good records on paper but very beatable) until that big fight and big payday presents itself.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=oubobcat;56098]Guerrero may be thinking long term and hoping that over time the course of the boxing landscape changes enough to make another big fight possible. He could also be aiming for a fight with another fighter from the Haymon stable. That could be Adrien Broner and that is a fight no matter what we say about these guys if built over the next 12-18 months or so (meaning each fight and destroy overmatched opponents in the mean time) could do decent PPV numbers.

Think about the promotional campaign for such a fight, it would literally be billed as good vs. evil. Guerrero as the devout christian against Broner who is the fighter so many fans want to see lose and lose badly due to his out of the ring antics.

We will see how it plays out. For Guerrero's near term future, I expect more fighters like Kamegai (good records on paper but very beatable) until that big fight and big payday presents itself.[/QUOTE]

That's pretty much the Haymon Formula. Give them guys they can beat who look good on paper to the unknowing fight fan and build them up until it's time to make them a big money fight. They're steered well away from real contenders unless it's unavoidable or too lucrative an opportunity to miss out.

Radam G says:

The Cali Ghost may just get his wish. Da Manny will beat him like a drum. Holla!