Three-weight world title holder Robert Guerrero (29-1, 18 KO’s) has emerged as the frontrunner to become Floyd Mayweather Jr’s 43rd professional opponent on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 28 year-old, who has been out injured since August after shoulder surgery, is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Mayweather according to several reliable internet sources and could be announced as early as this Friday for his fourth world title challenge.
Mayweather, 34, had hoped to face rival Manny Pacquiao on the date in question although the Filipino’s promoter Bob Arum believes his fighter won’t be ready until June and will pitch four alternatives to the ‘Pacman’ this week as he visits the Philippines.
That has left ‘Money’ Mayweather to look at other options to fill the void, with Guerrero and WBC light-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez the clear favourites due to their involvement with Mayweather’s co-promoters Golden Boy.
It also ties in nicely with the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ celebrations to have an opponent with ties to Mexico and Guerrero has seemingly now edged ahead of ‘Canelo’ if a clash with Pacquiao cannot be negotiated successfully.
WBC welterweight belt holder Mayweather then faces three months in prison from June 1st and may face a race against time to be in line meet Pacquiao on the November date slated by Arum before Mayweather’s five-month reprieve from incarceration.