Gilroy boxer Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero has been calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr. since he was an obscure, skinny 135-pounder with no logical chance of getting a fight with boxing's pound-for-pound champion.
Guerrero finally landed the bout he craved this week, and he's already got plenty more to say about his chances. He says Mayweather is declining, and he intends to exploit the flaws of the sport's top moneymaker in their May 4 meeting at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
"I see a lot of slippage," Guerrero said in a phone interview. "I see him slowing down, as far as his legs not being as quick as they used to be."
When asked if Mayweather was the best fighter in boxing, Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) was blunt: "In my eyes, no.
"There's just so many fighters out there that he hasn't fought, and he was picking and choosing fights."
Mark Appel pitched a three-hitter and struck out 11, and pinch hitter Brett Michael Doran drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as Stanford (3-2) took a 3-1 baseball win over visiting Fresno State (1-3). Despite two triples by Jacob Wark, Cal (3-2) suffered a 5-3 road loss to UC Irvine (4-0). Brandon Dixon hit a three-run triple with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give No. 10 Arizona (5-1) an 8-7 win over San Jose State (2-3), which had rallied from an early 4-0 deficit. Alex Grunenwald hit two home runs to lead Illinois-Chicago (2-2) to a 5-3 win at Santa Clara (2-3). Saint Mary's scored five runs in the first inning and beat Chicago State 7-5 in the Gaels' home opener. Anthony Villa's three-run double keyed the big first for Saint Mary's (2-3). Cole Norton's RBI single in the sixth broke a 5-5 tie. Freshman Kelsey Stevens pitched a four-hitter as the Stanford softball team blanked Georgia 6-0 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City. The Cardinal (11-3) lost its night game, 4-1 to Oklahoma State.
Cal (8-2) beat Georgia Tech 8-0 in six innings in a run-rule game in Palm Springs as part of the same tournament. San Jose State softball (7-7) won two games on the first day of the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational at SJSU Field, beating Fresno State 5-2 and Cal State Northridge 5-0. Markesha Collins hit a three-run homer against the Bulldogs. Host Santa Clara (0-8) lost its first two games of the same tournament, 5-0 to Fresno State and 7-3 to Cal State Northridge. The No. 1 Cal men's golf team won the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Kahuku, Hawaii. Cal took the top three individual places, with Joel Stalter (67) finishing at 12-under 204 to finish eight shots ahead of Max Homa and 10 ahead of Michael Weaver.
Wire services contributed to this report.