Guerrero Denied Arbitration in GBP Contract Dispute

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Robert Guerrero lost his first legal battle to annul his contract with Golden Boy Promotions, as the California State Athletic Commission denied his request for an arbitration hearing.

Citing the Muhammad Ali Act (2000) in his suit, Guerrero argued that the contract he signed last year in order to obtain a 2013 pay-per-view fight with Floyd Mayweather was unlawful. The Ali Act states that a promoter “cannot require a fighter to provide promotional rights in exchange for the right to fight a mandatory title fight.”

The CSAC sided with Golden Boy’s counter-argument that the agreement, which was executed in New York, falls under that jurisdiction and cannot be arbitrated by a California commission.

Guerrero has been inactive since losing a lopsided unanimous decision to Mayweather last May. According to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, Guerrero has been inactive by choice, turning down several proposed fights. Guerrero’s attorney, Bruce Zabarauskas, released a brief statement after the CSAC’s decision stating that the “fight has just begun,” indicating his client intends to bring his grievances before the New York State Athletic Commission.

Someone may want to remind Guerrero that his nickname is “The Ghost” not “Money.” This decision should be a wake-up call that winning the Mayweather sweepstakes does not make you a pay-per-view star that deserves million dollar paydays. Should he also lose out on this dispute in New York, Guerrero will be in the unenviable position of being at the bottom of Golden Boy’s priority list.

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