On Saturday, Guerrero (23-1-1) will meet unbeaten Indonesian Daud Yordan (23-0)
Posted Mar 04 2009 2:20pm
It must have been a wise old boxing manager who first said, "It's tough to wake up for roadwork when you're wearing silk pajamas."
If he were handling Robert Guerrero, the same manager might have added, "And no matter what type of pajamas you're wearing, it's even tougher to wake up for roadwork when you've spent the night sleeping on the floor of a hospital room."
There's a temptation to decide that life stinks for Guerrero, and not only because "The Ghost" lives in Gilroy, Calif. -- the garlic capital of the world.
Guerrero, 25, is a former two-time featherweight titlist, a fighter with unmistakable star potential and an earnest, spiritual young man. But you don't hear him complaining about his tasks at hand: changing diapers, cooking dinner and trading punches with world-class junior lightweights while his wife, Casey, fights leukemia.
On Saturday, Guerrero (23-1-1) will meet unbeaten Indonesian Daud Yordan (23-0) in San Jose, just 10 minutes from Gilroy. Given the unique pressure he's facing, The Ghost would be excused if he disappeared until fight time. But he's been hit by twice as many media requests as usual and he's answered every one of them, despite the fact that Casey's cancer, which had been in remission for more than a year, recurred in January. The latest report: The cancer is again in remission.