When Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. picked out Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero as his next opponent, the first thing he asked for was a rematch clause to be included in the contract.
While Money probably wouldn’t mind dismantling the now 31-2-1 southpaw yet again in one of his final fights before retirement, Guerrero and the rest of the boxing world don’t need it and shouldn’t ask for it.
Expected to be one of Mayweather’s toughest challenges of his career, Guerrero came up well short of Money’s superior speed and technical skills in their recent May Day matchup—so much so that the 117-111 unanimous decision was perhaps too generous for the 30-year-old welterweight. The pound-for-pound champ left absolutely no room for doubt.
Stats don’t always tell the whole story, but they speak volumes of Saturday’s fight (via CompuBox):
Despite his aggressiveness and power, Guerrero looked completely overmatched, and we’re likely to see a similar result should the two square off in the future. It wasn’t a competitive bout—at least not competitive enough to ever warrant a rematch.
For Guerrero, May Day was a particularly damaging setback in his climb to the top at the welterweight division. As much as he probably wants another shot at the undefeated champ, his future fights should be about rebuilding and repairing.
That’s not to say Guerrero should begin lining up fights with lesser competition to boost his image, but he’s simply not ready to take another run at Mayweather, now or at any point before Money’s retirement.
While he probably wouldn’t admit it, Guerrero knows he has to repair his image as a top contender at the division. He may not be able to do that with one fight, but there are certainly some intriguing possibilities.
Fighters like Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could be the opponents Guerrero needs to rectify his May Day loss. The former gave Money a tremendous challenge last May and the latter could be Mayweather’s next potential challenger. Each would give the Ghost an opportunity to redeem himself without climbing back in the ring with the best fighter on the planet.
Mayweather plans to retire in roughly 30 months (when he completes his six-fight contract), and there will certainly be a number of quality opponents in line for the challenge. If Money keeps calling the shots, some of the best won’t ever go toe-to-toe with him, but the pool is large enough to produce enough competition to make a rematch with Guerrero entirely obsolete.
As it stands, there wasn’t enough intrigue for promoters to warrant a rematch, either. If the interest and money aren’t enough to justify it, why should Mayweather expect a rematch in the next 30 months? It simply doesn’t make sense.
Guerrero is an excellent fighter with the talent to take down almost anyone at his division. He just doesn’t have the talent to top Mayweather, and he shouldn’t look for another opportunity to do so in the future.