Or, in the case of Robert Guerrero, “If you can’t fight ’em, imitate ’em.”
Though their fighter is best known as a humble, church-going everyman from Northern California, members of the former two-division champion’s team conceded on the premiere episode of Showtime’s Mayweather-Guerrero: All Access that they had to take the low road to get the big fight.
Their reward will come May 4, when Mayweather will put his WBC welterweight title on the line at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“No one wanted to fight him. You’re as good as the opportunities you get,” said Luis De Cubas Jr., Guerrero’s co-manager. “He wasn’t able to get those opportunities because he was too good for his own good. So I said you gotta start being a little more open, you gotta start calling guys out.”
Before he headed off to training camp, Guerrero was dispatched on a dizzying press tour to promote the fight—during which Mayweather was shown training in his Las Vegas gym.
“What he has to do is earn his stripes, and not just in the ring,” Mayweather said. “Tell the people what do you bring to the table that’s different than any other fighter.”
Among Guerrero’s stops was an appearance on the 700 Club television show with wife, Casey, who was diagnosed with leukemia a few days before his 2007 bout with Martin Honorio.
The disease is now in remission, but Casey still endures a daunting daily regimen of pills, including treatment for numbness/tingling in the legs and anti-rejection medications including Prednisone.
“I’ve gotta go out there and be a shining light,” he said. “I’m on the 700 Club, I already won.”