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Friday, September 6, 2013

NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10: September 2013

By Ryan Maquiñana


The summer of discontent continues for the local boxing scene, as not a single fighter in’s NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 has recorded a victory since May, when No. 5 Ava Knight outpointed Linda Soto.

Since our last poll in July, No. 8 Carina Moreno and No. 9 Ana Julaton both incurred decision losses, further contributing to a dismal 2013 where No. 2 Nonito Donaire, No. 3 Robert Guerrero, and No. 10 Vicente Escobedo have already tasted defeat.

This tally doesn’t even include No. 6 Brandon Gonzales, who was robbed by the judges of a win in June against Thomas Oosthiuzen and had to settle for a draw.

Perhaps No. 4 Karim Mayfield can stop the slump on September 28, when the San Franciscan faces Pavel Miranda in a bout that he is expected to win. With Guerrero, Donaire, and No. 1 Andre Ward also scheduled to fight in the upcoming months, some measure of equilibrium should be attained by year’s end.

Until then, Alejandro Perez has usurped Moreno in the 8th spot. The North Salinas slugger stretched his winning streak to three after overwhelming Edgar Riovalle on UniMás in July. The currently inactive Vicente Escobedo rises one notch to No. 9, while Moreno drops to the final slot on the poll, bumping Julaton out.

Let’s take a look at the latest news on the NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 for September.


Daly City's Mahmutovic in Ukraine for Junior Worlds

Press Release
By USA Boxing

Mahmutovic is ready to shine on the world stage.

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – After months of preparation, Team USA’s junior men will face off against the best young boxers on the planet at the AIBA Junior World Championships, September 7-15 at the Kiev Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine. The 13 representatives on the United States squad closed their acclimation training camp in Assisi, Italy on Thursday in order to travel to Kiev for the event. Nearly 400 boxers from 57 nations across the globe are registered to compete in the AIBA Junior World Championships, which takes place every other year. All of the tournament participants will step on the scale on Saturday prior to the event draw and first session of competition.

The 13 young men hoping to win gold for Team USA are pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.), light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), flyweight Joseph Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.), light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), bantamweight Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.), featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio), lightweight Keoni Adric, Jr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), light welterweight Brandon Trejo (Napa, Calif.), welterweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.), junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.), middleweight Eric Murguia (Mission Hills, Calif.), light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.), and heavyweight Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah).

Preliminary round action will run through Friday, September 13 with semifinal competition taking place on Saturday, September 14. The event will culminate with championship round action in all 13 weight divisions on Sunday, September 15 at the Kiev Palace of Sports.

The event will be the first World Championship competition for all of the United States boxers, but the athletes gained valuable international experience in Ukraine in May at the Victory Day Tournament in Ukraine. Team USA won nine medals in the junior international event with light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) and heavyweight Pano Tia Tia (St. George, Utah) all claiming gold. The U.S. squad has also participated in multiple training camps with USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque at the U.S. Olympic Training Center to prepare for the biggest event in the world for junior boxers.

Coaches Edward Rivas (San Antonio, Texas), Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.), Keoni Adric, Sr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), and Jacob Najar (Indio, Calif.) are serving as the team coaches for the United States team. Ilya Friedman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is the squad’s Team Manager at the event with Dr. Rodney Muhammad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) working as the Team Physician.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Keith Thurman Commercial for Southwest Airlines (Parody)

Keith Thurman inadvertently starred in his own Southwest Airlines commercial Saturday night when he thanked the San Diego fight fans after his win. Too bad he was in San Antonio. Either way, he finished the show in style, stopping Diego Chaves in the 10th round.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

CSN Bay Area Video Highlights from Redwood City

Watch all the highlights from Friday night's card in Redwood City including every single knockout, knockdown, and postfight interviews with each of the six winners!


PAUL MENDEZ UD10 DASHON JOHNSON (98-92, 99-91, 99-91)

Junior Bantamweights




Junior Welterweights

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Edwin Rodriguez, Alejandro Perez Score Impressive Stoppages

By Ryan Maquiñana

Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez, who spent the first portion of training camp in San Carlos, won the "Million Dollar Super Four" tournament final in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with a devastating first-round stoppage of Denis Grachev on Saturday. 

Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), who will receive $600,000 to $400,000 for Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs), scored two quick knockdowns and then wailed away on his foe until referee Stanley Christodoulou waved off the contest. Official time was 2:50.  The fight, which was televised by BeIN Sport, propels Rodriguez into the thick of the super middleweight title picture.

Perez made his Top Rank debut a successful one. (Top Rank)

Later on Saturday, Alejandro Perez made his Top Rank promotional debut a successful one as he knocked out veteran Edgar Riovalle in the seventh round at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, Calif. 

Perez (18-3-1, 12 KOs), a junior lightweight from North Salinas, had Riovalle (35-15-2, 25 KOs) down and out after landing a crushing left hook to the body.  Official time was 1:14.  The bout aired on UniMás.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Escalante, Local Fighters Host Public Workout in San Carlos on Saturday

Junior bantamweight prospect Bruno Escalante and three other local fighters will host a public workout for media and fans of all ages this Saturday at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos from 12:30-2 p.m.

Escalante will be joined by San Francisco middleweight Ricardo Pinell, Redwood City cruiserweight Juan Hernandez, and San Jose junior lightweight Andy Vences.  Escalante will spar four rounds and show the tricks of the trade behind his 1-2 and his patented jump rope routine.

Click the flyer below to enlarge it for more information, courtesy Don Chargin Productions/Paco Presents.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

NorCal Pro & Amateur Schedule Updated for July-August

Sacramento's July 20 card is one of four pro shows this month. (OPP Presents)

Looking for a fight card in your area over the next two months?  Click the link below for the updated schedule, which includes every pro and Region 11 amateur card from now until September.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Gonzales 'Draws' with Oosthuizen, Ramirez Now 4-0, National Junior Olympic Results

Gonzales appeared to have edged Oosthuizen, but it was not the case. (USA Today Images)
NORCAL BOXING RECAP: Brandon Gonzales handed dubious 'draw' with Oosthuizen, Jose Ramirez moves to 4-0 as a pro, and Region 11 amateurs capture three golds (Ruben Villa, Isidro Ochoa, Odalys Camacho) and 10 medals in all at the National Junior Olympics.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

This Week in NorCal Boxing: Gonzales Makes HBO Debut

By Ryan Maquiñana

Thomas Oosthuizen 167 pounds, Brandon Gonzales 166 pounds. (DBE)

-Brandon Gonzales fights Thomas Oosthuizen on HBO Boxing tonight (9:45 p.m. PT)
-Dan Goossen wins arbitration dispute against Andre Ward
-Nonito Donaire Jr. zeroes in on three possible opponents
-Region 11 wins 10 medals at National Junior Olympics


Dan Goossen Wins Arbitration Dispute Against Andre Ward

Super middleweight world champion Andre Ward was unsuccessful in his bid to break away from longtime promoter Dan Goossen, as the California commission ruled to uphold their current contract.

Here's my quick piece on the matter and a video breaking down possible reasons why "S.O.G." sought a release from his contract.

Region 11 Claims 10 Medals at National Junior Olympics

By Ryan Maquiñana

Villa took home his second straight National J.O. title. (Ruben Villa)

Ruben “Dracula” Villa took one last bite out of the field in Saturday’s 119-pound final at the National Junior Olympics in Mobile, Ala. The defending champion from Salinas outpointed Las Vegas native Devin Haney and was one of four Region 11 (NorCal and Central Cal) amateurs to reach the gold medal round.

Last year’s 110-pound champion, Fresno’s Isidro Ochoa, moved up to 125 pounds and downed Ohio’s Michael Nelson in his final. Sanger’s Derek Ochoa lost by decision to New Mexico’s Aaron Perez at 106 pounds to take silver, and Bakersfield’s Odalys Camacho bested Kristy Rodriguez of Illinois for the female 114-pound crown.

A sextet of locals fell in the semifinals and will receive bronze medals: South San Francisco’s Charlie Sheehy (132 pounds), Daly City’s Suray Mahmutovic (165 pounds), Sacramento’s Angel Rios (165 pounds), Napa’s Brandon Trejo (138 pounds), Sacramento’s Amisael Jimenez (154 pounds), and Antioch’s Katrina Nahe (female 119 pounds), who represented the USF Boxing Club.

Region 11 poses for a post-tournament picture. (Lydia Razo)

As a result of the guaranteed 10 medals, Region 11 was currently tied for first place in the team standings heading into the last day of action.  However, Villa and Isidro Ochoa's results counted toward the Junior World Team's tally because they competed with the JWT in Ukraine earlier this year.


106 lbs/male: Aaron Perez (New Mexico) def. Derek Ochoa (Region 11/Sanger)
114 lbs/female: Odalys Camacho (Region 11/Bakersfield) def. Kristy Rodriguez (Illinois)
119 lbs/male: Ruben "Dracula" Villa (Region 11/Salinas) def. Devin Haney (Las Vegas)
125 lbs/male: Isidro Ochoa (Region 11/Fresno) def. Michael Nelson (Ohio)

119 lbs/female: Jayda Thomas (Detroit) TKO2 Katrina Nahe (Region 11/Antioch)
132 lbs/male: Keoni Adric, Jr., (Hawaii) dec. Charlie Sheehy (Region 11/South S.F.), 2-1
138 lbs/male: Mark Dawson (Philadelphia) dec. Brandon Trejo (Region 11/Napa), 3-0
145 lbs/male: Hans Perez (New York) dec. Angel Rios (Region 11/Sacramento), 3-0
154 lbs/male: Ferdinand Kerobyan (N. Hollywood) dec. Amisael Jimenez (Region 11/ Sacramento), 3-0

165 lbs/male: Manjaro Hills, Jr. (Louisiana) dec. Suray Mahmutovic (Region 11/Daly City), 3-0 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Maraon, Vasquez Fall in New Jersey

By Ryan Maquiñana
Bay Area fighters go 0-2 in West Orange, NJ, tonight as Hercules light heavyweight Paul Vasquez recovered from a first-round knockdown but lost to Lavarn Harvell on points. In the ESPN Friday Night Fights main event, a WBA bantamweight title eliminator, San Leandro's Jundy Maraon floored Juan Carlos Payano in the third frame but ended up getting knocked out with an overhand left in the seventh.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

NorCal Boxing Weekend Results: Robb, Esparza Victorious

By Ryan Maquiñana
Robb (right) celebrates with manager Repo Ric.


• Sacramento featherweight Guy Robb (11-1, 4 KOs) opened his 2013 campaign with an eight-round unanimous decision over John Herrera (4-7-1, 2 KOs) in Phoenix last Friday.  Scores were 60-54 across the board.

• Sacramento light heavyweight Otis Griffin (24-13-2, 10 KOs) dropped an eight-round unanimous nod to Thomas Williams Jr. (14-0, 10 KOs) in Atlantic City on a Showtime Extreme-televised bout.  Scores were 80-72 and 79-73 twice.


• San Carlos flyweight Marlen Esparza repeated as gold medalist at the 2013 Continental Championships with a 20-11 decision over Brazil's Clelia Marquez in Venezuela on Sunday.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

RESULTS: 2013 Region 11 Junior Olympic Finals

By Ryan Maquiñana

Northern and Central California's best young amateurs faced off in the Region 11 Junior Olympic finals in Redwood Valley last Saturday.  The winners advanced to the National Junior Olympics in Mobile, Ala., from June 26-29.  Special thanks to Lydia Razo and Oscar Ortiz for the results!

SENIORS (15-16)
106 lbs.: Derek Ochoa (Valley Vipers BC, Clovis) – Unopposed
101 lbs.: Ivan Varela (McDermont BC) def. Christopher Rodriguez (Woodland BC), 5-0
110 lbs.: Jacob Flores (Unattached, Parlier) def. Kevin Montano (Concord CYC), 3-2
114 lbs.: William Young (Unattached, S.F.) def. Pedro Medrano (Backyard BC, Salinas), 4-1
119 lbs.: Ruben Villa (Backyard BC, Salinas) def. Ivan Vergara (Vacaville PAL), 5-0
125 lbs.: Isidro Ochoa (Fresno PAL) def. Uriel Sanchez (Unattached, Santa Rosa), 4-1
132 lbs.: Charlie Sheehy (South S.F. BC) – Unopposed
138 lbs.: Joseph Murrieta (Unattached, Fresno) – Unopposed
145 lbs.: Angel Rios (Unattached, Sacramento) – Unopposed
154 lbs.: Amisael Jimenez (Caballero BC, Sacramento) – Unopposed

101 lbs.: Jackie Corona (La Corona BC, Arbuckle) – Unopposed
110 lbs.: Caroline Rojas (Velarde’s TC, Fresno) – Unopposed
114 lbs.: Odalys Camacho (Unattached, Bakersfield) – Unopposed*
119 lbs.: Katrina Nahe (USF) – Unopposed*

*In a matched exhibition bout, Nahe defeated Camacho, 5-0. 


75 lbs.: Kevin Mendoza (Aleman BC, Fresno) - Unopposed
80 lbs.: Jonas Persaud (Concord CYC) def. Elian Lua (Main Events, Fresno) via walkover
85 lbs.: Derry Edwards (Vacaville PAL) - Unopposed
90 lbs.: Angel Cordon (Old School BC, Concord) def. Alexis DeLuna (Bakersfield PAL) via walkover
95 lbs.: Andre Conway (South S.F. BC) def. Israel Murrieta (Velarde's TC, Fresno), 5-0
101 lbs.: Allen Medina Jr. (Fresno PAL) def. Manuel Yama (Unattached, Santa Rosa), 4-1
106 lbs.: Jesus Aguilar (South S.F. BC) - Unopposed
110 lbs.: Ivan Hurtado (Napa SAL) - Unopposed
114 lbs.: Nicholas Bueno (Tulare AC) def. Isaac Rosales (Oakland BC), 3-2
119 lbs.: Cedric Salcedo (Golden State Bloodhounds, Sacramento) - Unopposed
125 lbs.: Thorn Castellon (Golden State BC, Fresno) - Unopposed

90 lbs.: Graciela Ortega (Dogg Pound Boxing, Sacramento) - Unopposed
95 lbs.: Chloe Beardsly (Concord CYC) - Unopposed

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Knight Retains Title, Outpoints Soto in Mexico

By Ryan Maquiñana

Knight (right) was too much for Soto in Mexico. (Pepe Rodriguez)

Reigning world lineal flyweight champion Ava "Lady of Boxing" Knight (11-1-3, 5 KOs) of Chico won a lopsided ten-round unanimous decision over Linda “Muñeca” Soto (5-2, 3 KOs) in Toluca, Mex.

"We did it again," Knight said via her Facebook account.  "Soto is a tough girl!  She has my respect."


On the same card, Knight's gymmate, Hayward's Aaron "Heavy Metal" Coley (6-0, 4 KOs), knocked out Arnoldo Pacheco (4-18-2, 3 KOs) in the first round.

Friday, May 10, 2013

VIDEO: What's Next for Mayweather, Guerrero?

By Ryan Maquiñana

Now that the smoke has cleared and Floyd Mayweather has kept his pound-for-pound crown intact with a unanimous decision victory over Gilroy’s Robert Guerrero last Saturday, it’s time to dissect the “May Day” aftermath and what lies ahead for “Money” and “The Ghost,” respectively.

[RELATED: Mayweather outpoints Guerrero in 12-round battle]


A busy week awaits Guerrero, starting with his upcoming court date next Tuesday in New York to address illegal gun possession charges at JFK Airport.  According to his co-manager Bob Santos, Guerrero’s legal team includes Bruce Zabarauskas, a prominent attorney whose work in the boxing industry includes his successful representation of manager Rolando Arellano in his settlement with former client Victor Ortiz to avoid arbitration.

[REWIND: Guerrero faces jail time after gun arrest]

While the Queens District Attorney’s Office has remained relatively quiet since D.A. Richard Brown’s initial in March hoping that Guerrero “fights better than he thinks,” it’s still anyone’s guess whether the case will actually go to trial or if a plea deal to a lesser charge will be reached to avoid jail time.

Mayweather outpointed Guerrero over 12 rounds. (Isaac Brekken/AP)


Weights from Toluca, MX: Knight 111.75, Soto 111.75

By Ryan Maquiñana

Knight and Soto both came in at 111.75 pounds. (Pepe Rodriguez)

Flyweight world champion Ava Knight (11-1-3, 5 KOs) of Chico and her challenger Linda Soto (5-2, 3 KOs) both tipped the scales at 111.75 ahead of their Saturday showdown in Toluca, Mex.

Knight is currently ranked fifth on's Northern California pound-for-pound top 10 regardless of gender:

Amateur News: Regional Junior Olympics, Results from Ukraine

By Ryan Maquiñana

Suray Mahmutovic incurred an early exit in Ukraine. (Sheldon Callum)


A trio of Region 11 amateurs represented Team USA at the Victory Day tournament in Uman, Ukraine, this week, with all three eliminated by Ukrainians in the quarterfinals. 

In the 138-pound division, Napa SAL’s Brandon Trejo was stopped on cuts in the second round by Alexander Schet, while Westmoor High’s Suray Mahmutovic (415 BC, S.F.) was outpointed by fellow 178-pounder Richard Gomesh.  110-pounder Evan Sanchez (Fresno PAL) dropped a split decision to Djachenko.

All three boxers are expected to compete at the National Junior Olympics.


Ruben “Dracula” Villa, Isidro Ochoa, and other future stars compete at the Region 11 Junior Olympic Championships on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Coyote Valley Casino in Redwood Valley. 

The winners advance to the National Junior Olympics from June 26-29 in Mobile, Ala.  Here are the current bout sheets for the Seniors (15-16) and Intermediate (13-14) divisions, pitting the NorCal champs (listed first) against their Central Cal counterparts:

SENIORS (15-16)

106 lbs.: Derek Ochoa (Valley Vipers BC, Clovis) – Unopposed
101 lbs.: Christopher Rodriguez (Woodland BC) vs. Ivan Varela (McDermont BC)
110 lbs.: Kevin Montano (Concord CYC) vs. Jacob Flores (Unattached, Parlier)
114 lbs.: William Young (Unattached, S.F.) vs. TBD
119 lbs.: Ivan Vergara (Vacaville PAL) vs. Ruben Villa (Backyard BC, Salinas)
125 lbs.: Uriel Sanchez (Unattached, Santa Rosa) vs. Isidro Ochoa (Fresno PAL)
132 lbs.: Charlie Sheehy (South S.F. BC) – Unopposed
138 lbs.: Joseph Murrieta (Unattached, Fresno) – Unopposed
145 lbs.: Angel Rios (Unattached, Sacramento) – Unopposed
154 lbs.: Amisael Jimenez (Caballero BC, Sacramento) – Unopposed

101 lbs.: Jackie Corona (La Corona BC, Arbuckle) – Unopposed
110 lbs.: Caroline Rojas (Velarde’s TC, Fresno) – Unopposed
114 lbs.: Odalys Camacho (Unattached, Bakersfield) – Unopposed
119 lbs.: Katrina Nahe (USF) – Unopposed


75 lbs.: Jonas Persaud (Concord CYC) vs. Elian Lua (Main Events, Fresno)
80 lbs.: Angel Cordon (Old School BC, Concord) vs. Alexis DeLuna (Bakersfield PAL)
85 lbs.: Derry Edwards (Vacaville PAL) - Unopposed
90 lbs.: Angel Cordon (Old School BC, Concord) vs. Alexis DeLuna (Bakersfield PAL)
95 lbs.: Andre Conway (South S.F. BC) vs Israel Murrieta (Velarde's TC, Fresno)
101 lbs.: Manuel Yama (Unattached, Santa Rosa) vs. Allen Medina Jr. (Fresno PAL)
106 lbs.: Jesus Aguilar (South S.F. BC) - Unopposed
110 lbs.: Ivan Hurtado (Napa SAL) - Unopposed
114 lbs.: Isaac Rosales (Oakland BC) vs. Nicholas Bueno (Tulare AC)
119 lbs.: Cedric Salcedo (Golden State Bloodhounds, Sacramento)
125 lbs.: Thorn Castellon (Golden State BC, Fresno) - Unopposed

90 lbs.: Graciela Ortega (Dogg Pound Boxing, Sacramento)
95 lbs.: Chloe Beardsly (Concord CYC)

Ryan Maquiñana is the Boxing Insider at  Follow him on Twitter @RMaq28.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Where to Watch Mayweather-Guerrero in Northern California

By Ryan Maquiñana

RELATED:'s entire archive of Mayweather-Guerrero articles

RELATED: Weights from Las Vegas: Mayweather 146, Guerrero 147

Mayweather-Guerrero airs on Showtime PPV at 6:00 p.m. PT.  Here's a list of places in Northern California that will be showing the fight card.


Bakersfield - Bakersfield Stadium 14
Chico - Cinemark Chico
Daly City - Century Plaza 20 with XD
Dublin - Hacienda Crossing 21 with IMAX
Elk Grove - Laguna 16
Emeryville - Bay Street 16 with IMAX
Folsom - Folsom 14
Fremont - Century Pacific Commons
Fresno - Fresno Stadium 21 with IMAX
Hayward - Century Theatre
Milpitas - Great Mall 20 with XD
Monterey - Monterey 13
Mountain View - Mountain View Cinemas 16
Napa - Century Silverado
Oceanside - Oceanside 16
Pleasant Hill - Pleasant Hill Downtown with XD
Redding - Movies 14 with XD
Redwood City - Century 20 Downtown Redwood City with XD
Roseville - Roseville 14 with XD
Sacramento - Sacramento Stadium 14, Sacramento Greenback Lane 16 with XD
Salinas - Salinas Northridge Mall 14
San Bruno - Century Theatres at Tanforan with XD
San Francisco - San Francisco Centre with XD
San Jose - Eastridge Mall with IMAX, San Jose Oakridge 20 with XD
San Mateo - San Mateo Downtown
Stockton - Stockton City Centre Stadium 16 with IMAX
Tracy - Movies 14
Union City - Union Landing 25 with XD
Vallejo - Vallejo 14
Walnut Creek - Walnut Creek 14 with XD
Yuba City - Yuba City Theater

(call for cover charge)


Abbey Tavern
4100 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-7767

Danny Coyle’s
668 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 558-8375


Britannia Arms
173 W. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 278-1400

Axis Nightclub
2909 Lakeside Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-3300


15028 Hesperian Blvd.
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 317-0200


Shenanigans (see above)
705 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(510) 317-0200

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Does Guerrero Have a "Ghost" of a Chance Against Mayweather?

By Ryan Maquiñana

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero will flaunt a combined 74 professional wins between them heading into next Saturday’s WBC/Ring Magazine welterweight title prizefight in Las Vegas (6 p.m., Showtime PPV).

However, the only blemishes on either record belong to Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs). Nine years ago, the Gilroy native incurred a one-round technical draw when Julian Rodriguez was hit on the break and unable to continue; in 2005, he dropped a shocking 12-round split decision to Gamaliel Diaz that he would later avenge by knockout.

That’s not to say Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) has never come close to tasting defeat during a storied 17-year pro career. It’s just that such windows of opportunity have been few and far between for the Las Vegas resident.

With the defensive labyrinth he presents and uncanny ability to strike with venomous counter right hands and accurate left hooks from various linear planes, obtaining the meaning of Stonehenge or proving the Magic Bullet Theory, I’ve heard, carry better odds on the MGM Grand casino floor than a Mayweather loss.

Consequently, any brief flashes of vulnerability he’s shown over time have been magnified and dissected by boxing junkies in hopes of piecing together the ultimate anatomy of an upset.

So what has worked? Befitting his nickname, does Guerrero have a “Ghost” of a chance on Saturday? gathered what little reconnaissance could be found on Floyd’s fallibility and recapitulated it into three key aspects.


To illustrate Mayweather’s dominance, every single win on his ledger has ended by either knockout or unanimous decision except one—a split decision against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

Mayweather ascended from the 147-pound welterweight limit to the 154-pound junior middleweight class for the first time, and the bigger but past-prime De La Hoya took advantage. He pumped left jabs early and often into Mayweather’s face and chest, following them up with nonstop pressure on the ropes.

“The jab is key to unlocking that Mayweather code. I was hitting Floyd with jabs all night,” De La Hoya told Showtime last month. “When you fight Floyd, you must bang the arms. Bang the elbows. Do everything it takes to take Floyd out of his comfort zone.”

Even if most of De La Hoya’s shots failed to land, the activity alone was designed to stunt his foe’s offense and punch output. Right or wrong, the judges rewarded him for it.

In fact, De La Hoya held an 86-85 lead on two of the three official scorecards heading into the 10th round before succumbing to fatigue over the final three frames. Guerrero is cognizant of this fact but has vowed a different outcome.