WBC boss wants Floyd to fight Guerrero
MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Council (WBC) president Don Jose Sulaiman wants undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in order to determine the organization’s true welterweight champion.
Mayweather holds the WBC’s welterweight belt, but Guerrero became the interim champion after the unbeaten American was incarcerated in June 2012.
With Mayweather set to return to the ring in May, Sulaiman hopes he will opt to fight Guerrero in order to determine who the real welterweight champion is.
“We want Mayweather to fight against Guerrero so there is a single champion in the welterweight division,” Sulaiman told Boxing Scene.
“We want Mayweather to first unify the titles, because Guerrero won an eliminator and became the interim champion," he said.
Sulaiman explained that the WBC does not normally allow interim titles, but made an exception for Mayweather.
“It was created because Mayweather went to jail and we didn’t want to remove the title from him. But at the same time we didn’t want to freeze the title,” Sulaiman said.
If he beats Guerrero, Mayweather can then fight middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, which is a clash the WBC will support.
Aside from Guerrero and Alvarez, Mayweather has another opponent in mind as he announced on Twitter last week that International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Devon Alexander was the front-runner for his fight.