Robert Guerrero Retires From Boxing

Yesterday, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero decided that enough was enough and announced his retirement from boxing. The announcement comes on the heels of his technical knockout loss to Omar Figueroa, Jr., on Saturday during the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card. 

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career,” said Guerrero via press release. “I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountain top of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself, would be fighting in front of millions of fans.”

HBO Boxing — Robert Guerrero (HBO Latino)

Durante los ltimos dos aos, mientras lidiaba con la enfermedad de su esposa, Robert Guerrero segua ganando y ha logrado uno de los mejores rcords de la divisin de las 135 lbs. Ahora que ha subido a la divisin de las 140 lbs., tendr que enfrentarse a rivales de mayor pegada.

Guerrero had lost two consecutive fights in a row to Danny Garcia and David Emanuel Peralta before the referee called a halt to his bout against Figueroa at 1:30 in the third round. Figueroa was returning to Boxing after a 19-month layoff and stepped up two weight classes for the fight. Guerrero was dropped five times during the bout forcing the referee’s judgement.

“I was blessed to win multiple world titles in four-divisions. A boxer’s career is a long and tough road. Many tears were shed, lots of blood, and tons of sweat. Many miles were traveled, thousands of rounds sparred, none were easy and nothing was ever given to me. I earned everything I got the old fashion way. I never ducked anyone and fought the best fighters in the world. I fought my way through every obstacle to make sure my fans enjoyed every second, of every round, of my fights.”

Guerrero will always be remembered as a brawler who embodied the Mexican style of boxing. He faced the top competitors in each division along the way and settled into the welterweight division, helping to define it as the money division and bring out the best in its stars. 

Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero: Heated First Encounter – All Access – SHOWTIME

You only get one chance to make a first impression: Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero met for first time at the commercial shoot for their upcoming SHOWTIME PPV and the cameras of All Access captured their first heated exchange. The SHOWTIME docu-series All Access: Mayweather vs. Guerrero premieres in April.

After winning the WBC interim welterweight title in 2012, Guerrero made a bigger statement when he defended against Andre Berto later that year. In a thrilling fight that saw Berto down on the canvas twice in the early stages of the fight, Guerrero showed why he is considered one of the best. He won the shutout with unanimous scores of 116-110 and called out Floyd Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero: Full Fight | SHOWTIME Boxing

On May 4, 2013, Floyd Mayweather dominated Robert Guerrero to win a unanimous 12-round decision in their welterweight title fight. Mayweather returns to the ring to fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor in a 12-round showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – live Saturday, August 26th on SHOWTIME PPV.

The fight called “May Day” saw a gutsy Guerrero take the first three rounds until Mayweather adjusted and won with his signature defensive brilliance from rounds 4-12. Guerrero made the biggest payday of his career at $3 million and the fight sold over 1 million pay-per-view buys. The bout was the first major televised fight of Mayweather’s career to not be aired on HBO PPV starting his legendary partnership with Showtime Sports.

Guerrero rebounded beating Yoshihiro Kamegai, then stepped to current welterweight kingpin, Keith “One Time” Thurman for the WBA welterweight title. The fight was the debut bout for new boxing platform Premier Boxing Champions, where legendary advisor Al Haymon took his stars off premium cable and back to network television. Guerrero was the right pick to debut with as the two engaged in a slugfest that pushed Keith Thurman further than he had ever been in a bout. Although Thurman knocked him down in the ninth round, Guerrero fought back, giving an exciting final three rounds and forcing Thurman against the ropes. 

FULL FIGHT: Thurman vs Guerrero – 3/7/15 – PBC on NBC

Keith Thurman scored a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero in the main event on Premier Boxing Champion’s main event on March 7, 2015. Watch the fight in it’s entirety. Visit PremierBoxingChampions.com for more info. FOLLOW US: https://twitter.com/premierboxing https://www.instagram.com/premierboxing https://www.facebook.com/premierboxingchampions

Even though he was defeated via unanimous decision, The Ghost’s signature determination and strong will won over the crowd that night and made him a legend in the sport.

Guerrero took time to point out his appreciation for his long-time advisor, Al Haymon and encouraged younger fighters to seek him out for their careers.

“I want to thank the most special man I’ve ever met in my boxing career, and possibly lifetime, a man who always does what’s best for the fighter, a man who has changed the sport of boxing, a man who has helped bless me and my family with a great life, and that person is my advisor Al Haymon.”   

“Not only is Al Haymon a spectacular advisor, he is a wonderful human being as well, a great man, and someone who cares. In a sport where most managers, promoters, and trainers turn their back on a fighter, when they no longer can perform, or are no longer beneficial to their interest, Haymon stands tall. Love and loyalty is tough to find in the boxing game, but for any boxer looking for it, you don’t have to look far, reach out to Al Haymon.”

Although his career ends with three consecutive defeats, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will be a Hall of Famer and forever known as a true fighter that faced all and feared none.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. RhettĀ hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.