'Alexander more deserving of Floyd fight than Guerrero'
MANILA, Philippines – A middleweight fighter signed to The Money Team (TMT) Promotions believes welterweight champion Devon Alexander is more deserving of a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. than Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
Luis Arias, an undefeated middleweight prospect, told Boxing Scene that Alexander had done more to deserve a Mayweather fight than Guerrero.
“I think somebody like Devon deserves the fight anyways. Let’s be real, Guerrero only beat (Andre) Berto, who hasn’t fought in a year and change. He’s only had one legit fight at 147 (pounds),” Arias said.
Last week, Mayweather revealed on his Twitter account that Alexander, the IBF welterweight champion, was the front-runner to be his opponent for his May fight date. It was a surprise to boxing fans, who had expected Mayweather to face Guerrero or unbeaten Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Arias approves of Mayweather’s choice of opponent.
“Devon Alexander has more of a name, and he’s more of an exciting fighter given the fact that he’s a little faster and quicker than Guerrero. I just think Guerrero is going to be too slow for Floyd,” Arias explained.
Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) is the interim WBC welterweight champion, but he has fought only twice at the weight class.
“Guerrero’s a great fighter, he’s a great champion, and he’s on his way. But I feel like to step in the ring with Floyd Mayweather, you need more than just one victory over somebody who wasn’t even warmed up yet,” Arias said.
Arias also pointed out that if Mayweather does fight Alexander in May, a clash against Guerrero will still be possible.
“Let’s say he doesn’t fight Robert Guerrero and he does fight Devon Alexander. Guerrero is not out of the picture,” he said. “Floyd will fight again.”
Another fight against a top welterweight may bolster Guerrero’s case, he added.
“Maybe Floyd just thinks he needs to prove more. Right now, he still hasn’t proven a lot in the game,” Arias said.