OK, boxing lovers ... here you go: Saturday night in Las Vegas Floyd "Money" Mayweather will defend his title against the latest chump happy to take a cut of the cash - Mr. Robert "Ghost" Guerrero, please make this interesting. God knows his dad his trying.
Guerrero's dad, who is his son's trainer, really impressed the world during the final pre-fight press conference in Vegas on Wednesday.
"We're going to beat up that woman beater! The one that beat up his wife in front of his kids!" Guerrero's dad said. "He must have learned that from his dad! We're going to beat up that woman beater! He's going to get that from a real man!"
This is not going to help The Guerrero's chances of receiving a Christmas card from the Mayweathers.
Perhaps maybe Money falls asleep and Guerrero can hang around. That's all I got. No one can beat this guy. Although Guerrero says he is going to pull a Buster Douglas on Saturday night. By that does he mean he's going to get really fat?
To talk about this fight, and a few other things, is light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, who will call the fight for Showtime. BTW - Malignaggi is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner next month. He was nice enough to talk to me to preview this fight.
The man is not short on opinions.
The Big Mac Blog: I've been crticial of Floyd because I don't think he fights anyone; is it a fair knock?
Paulie Malignaggi: At this point, who is the best he could fight? Maybe it's Guerrero. Who else could there be? Floyd and (Canelo) Alvarez can be a bigger chunk of money. Maybe you disagree there is someone better than Guerrero. As far as Canelo, it's almost like you are negotiating a lot more. I don't think Floyd is scared to fight that guy. What I wanted to see was the random drug tests for guys like Manny Pacquiao. The fact that he never agreed to that leaves me very skeptical. And I don't blame for Floyd not taking that fight if Manny didn't agree to those random drug tests.
The Big Mac Blog: You called the Canelo/Austin Trout fight; my thought on that is that Canelo is good but not ready to defeat Floyd. That the timing is off; agree or no?
Paulie Malignaggi: Yeah. He may still be too raw. I don't think he fights enough of a round to beat Mayweather. He fights 60 seconds a round. Now that fight may get made. People may think Floyd is scared and that he doesn't want it. There is more to it than that. It's not because he is scared. Canelo looked far from good in that fight against Trout. He won that fight in San Antonio where there were 40,000 people cheering for him. You think it's going to be like in Las Vegas? You think a decision is going to go against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas?
The Big Mac Blog: You mentioned it - is Mayweather/Pacquiao dead?
Paulie Malignaggi: Yeah. I don't think we're ever going to see it. I don't know what would have happened had Manny been subjected to the random drug testing. Despite the pleas and the pleas from people, he never did it for a reason. I don't know, but for a guy to come out of nowhere the way he did it leaves me skeptical. It's the same reason Floyd was skeptical. You want guys to be clean and if you do not agree to be randomly drug tested there is no way to know.
I've asked a lot of questions about (PEDs in boxing). If fighters are going to move up in weight class they are going to criticized. Guys were jumping weight like they were crossing the street. It's not just about size, it's about stamina. You do start to wear down and guys can start to physically move you around. PEDs have no place in combat sports. You are already taking shots to the head.
The Big Mac Blog: Back to this fight - how can Guerrero possibly win?
Paulie Malignaggi: He is a southpaw, so automatically that makes him a bit different. Victor Ortiz is gifted physically but mentally he is shambles to fight a big fight. Guerrero has the mental capacity to maintain his composure to get it back his way if things go wrong. A lot of what Floyd does is psychological and you lose control. If the fight starts to slip away, Robert can regain some sort of advantage.
That's what made Floyd's fight against Miquel Cotto close. That was much closer than people thought. Cotto would not break. I don't think Guerrero will break. You are searching and probing for things that because Floyd is unbeaten. I don't mind this fight. I think Guerrero has earned it. I ask people all the time, 'If Floyd's not going to fight Guerrero, then who?'
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