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Guerrero's gun arrest should not affect Floyd fight

ESPN staff
March 29, 2013
Robert Guerrero, left, should still face Floyd Mayweather © PA Photos

Robert Guerrero's forthcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr should still go ahead, despite the WBC welterweight champion being arrested on gun charges on Thursday.

Guerrero, 30, was detained at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York and charged with illegal possession of an unloaded firearm - after attempting to check-in for a flight to Las Vegas with an unloaded pistol and three unloaded bullet magazines in his luggage.

Preliminary proceedings in Guerrero's case were held in Queens County the same day, but his next hearing on the matter will not come until after his scheduled meeting with Mayweather in Las Vegas on May 4.

"Guerrero was carrying no ammunition and was within his legal right to possess such firearm in the state in which he resides," Guerrero's promoters, Golden Boy, said in a statement.

"At an arraignment held before the New York State Supreme Court for Queens County, the court, after hearing the pertinent facts of the case, released Guerrero on his own recognisance.

"The next hearing in this matter is scheduled for after Robert's May 4 fight against eight-time and five-division world champion Floyd 'Money' Mayweather."

Golden Boy pointed out that Guerrero informed airport security of his pistol - which they say was kept secured in a case - prior to his check-in. The promoters also claim that the firearm is legally owned by the boxer in his home state of California.

Illegal possession of an unloaded firearm was recently upgraded to a felony in New York State, meaning Guerrero could face a prison sentence if found guilty.

District Attorney Richard A Brown said: "I hope that Mr Guerrero fights better than he thinks.

"For anyone who hasn't gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon - loaded or unloaded - into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges."

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