If the oddsmakers were sitting across from Robert Guerrero in the Vanderbilt Suite at the MetLife Building in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, I suspect some would have dropped the odds on a win by Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4 a notch.
Maybe it was just me who bought in, but the intensity on Guerrero's face had me thinking that Mayweather, 36, (43-0, 26 KOs) might just be in store for a tougher fight than many of his backers believe.
Oddsmakers see Floyd as around a 9-to-1 favorite to get the W in a fight to be shown on Showtime/CBS pay-per-view.
Yes, Mayweather will be the best man Guerrero has faced, though the same thing could be said for every foe of Floyd's. But I read Guerrero's behavior and heard his measured vehemence in New York, and I left the room allowing for the possibility of an upset win just a sliver more.
"When you believe, amazing things happen," Guerrero said. "I'm telling you all now that I am going to beat him. I believe God does things for a reason. I believe he put me here to humble Floyd Mayweather, and it is going to happen."
Later, he said, "I look at myself as a modern-day David and Floyd is Goliath. Armies feared Goliath, and David walked out with a slingshot and some pebbles. Floyd says, 'I'm the best ever, nobody can beat me.' When you exalt yourself, the Lord will humble you."
And it's clear that Guerrero, who turns 30 on Wednesday, believes he is the man to do the job for that higher power. "Floyd is going to be befuddled," the Cali boxer said. "He's not going to know what's going on."
Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) came back again to the certainty that the Lord will be on his side on May 4 in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand: "When you boast, when you lift yourself so high on a pedestal, the Lord will knock you off the pedestal."
To be sure, variations have been tossed about by previous Floyd foes about knocking him down a peg. But nobody has stepped forth and proclaimed that they have the backing of a higher power to propel them to getting the job done.
Do you think, I asked Guerrero, that Mayweather underestimates the power of your faith?
"Yes," he said.
I still like Mayweather by unanimous decision, but having been around this theater of the unexpected for a few decades, I'd be unwise to label Mayweather a sure bet.
I'm not inclined to believe any God cares about who wins a boxing match, or a football game, or whatever -- but Guerrero sure does. He thinks he has been chosen to do a job, and that is to knock Mayweather off his pedestal. Guerrero believes faith and the power of prayer removed cancer from his wife's body better than chemo did. What's a mere boxing match compared to cancer?
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