Boxer Robert Guerrero arrested at New York airport for attempting to bring handgun onto an airplane

Kevin Iole
Boxing Experts Blog

Boxer Robert Guerrero, who is slated to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4 in the main event of a Showtime pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, was arrested Thursday morning at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport for attempting to board an airplane with a handgun.

According to multiple reports, Guerrero, 30, was arrested after trying to bring an unloaded gun onto a Delta flight bound for Las Vegas. The New York Post reported that the gun was a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic. However, the local NBC affiliate reported the gun was a 9 mm Smith & Wesson. Guerrero had no ammunition with him.

Charges against Guerrero, who was in New York to promote his fight with Mayweather, are pending.

The status of the fight is unknown, though the arrest is unlikely to impact it. Luis DeCubas Jr., Guerrero's manager, could not be reached for comment. He was reportedly with Guerrero when the boxer was taken into custody. The voicemail on DeCubas' cell phone was full and could not accept messages. He did not immediately respond to a text message.

Showtime spokesman Chris DeBlasio said the network would decline comment at this time.

Guerrero appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club" on Monday along with his wife, Casey. He spoke openly of his Christian faith and of how he got through his wife's life-threatening illness. On Tuesday, he had a news conference with New York area media.

Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, lauded Guerrero at the Tuesday news conference.

We wanted to make sure the East Coast knew about Robert, knew how classy he is and how wonderful he is as an individual.

More to come on this as more details become available.

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