After coming up short in an upset bid against Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr., Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero still has a handful of opponents who would make for an exciting matchup.
While Money May certainly asserted his dominance over The Ghost in Saturday night's main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, there was much to be excited about from Guerrero's side. Although the fight wasn't close, Guerrero ground it out for all 12 rounds and was the aggressor much of the fight.
Despite the loss, The Ghost made a name for himself on a huge stage and will be a hot commodity for boxers in his class.
Let's take a look at the fighters who are most likely to face Robert Guerrero next.
Desperately in need of a quality win and a well-deserving opponent for Guerrero's likeness, Miguel Cotto should jump at the opportunity for this bout, as should The Ghost.
Cotto was the last candidate before Guerrero to take his aim at Mayweather's undefeated crown before being ousted in a 12-round unanimous decision. But Cotto presented a tough test to Money, battering him throughout the early rounds before Mayweather's endurance and escapability wore him down.
Both of these boxers are stuck in the same tier. Each of them stood tall to Mayweather and posed a few problems for him but ended up not making much noise in the end.
That's why a fight like this would be huge for both boxers. The winner would likely gain enough attention from Mayweather to set up a potential rematch in the future, while the loser would conceivably give up any opportunity to see the pound-for-pound best again in the ring.
Although Mayweather will have first pick due to his legacy and massive fight deal with Showtime (h/t ESPN), Guerrero should explore the possibility of fighting Victor Ortiz.
According to BoxingScene.com, Mayweather is considering a rematch with Ortiz. But considering that deal doesn't happen, Ortiz's camp would jump at a potential bout with The Ghost.
The 26-year-old is one of the top pound-for-pound boxers on the market and is looking to avenge his two straight losses. Doing so against a boxer who just went toe-to-toe with Mayweather wouldn't look too shabby.
On top of that, both fighters possess the same southpaw style, which would be huge in terms of selling pay-per-view tickets and building momentum for the fight.
It wouldn't exactly be going out on a limb, but Guerrero could do well for himself by scheduling a rematch with Andre "The Beast" Berto.
Berto was The Ghost's most recent victim. The two battled for one of the best fights of 2012 on November 24, when Guerrero won via unanimous decision.
Now that Guerrero is badly beaten and bruised from his fight Saturday, he'll likely want a little extra time to prepare for his next bout. This further shows why Berto is a good candidate, because he's already set to fight in late July, so they could schedule something that gave Guerrero ample time to make his comeback.
Guerrero is at a transcendent time in his career, when he can use his momentum from the Mayweather fight to schedule a big-time opponent.
But if he strikes out on the first two candidates, his reputation wouldn't be hurt by showcasing his expertise against a familiar opponent in The Beast.
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