Six-time boxing champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero was charged with illegally traveling with an unloaded pistol and three unloaded high capacity bullet magazines after attempting to board a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy airport.
The weapon and 15-bullet clips were discovered during a routine pre-flight check-in Thursday morning when the 30-year old Guerrero presented a locked gun box to a Delta Airlines ticket agent. He told authorities that he brought the unloaded firearm with him to New York City from Virginia when he arrived in town earlier in the week.
“I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks," said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in a statement. " 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."
Guerrero is currently being held pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Court and could face up to four years in prison in convicted.
Guerrero is lined up to fight WBC welterweight champ Floyd “Money” Mayweather in Nevada on May 4.
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Earlier this week, while promoting his May 4th bout against the ever eccentric Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Ghost boxer spoke with Fox News Latino about being a role model in the Latino community. Guerrero and Mayweather, the son of the boxing legend by the same name, will go head to head in Vegas for the welterweight title matchup.
"God has put me in this position to humble Floyd Mayweather,” Guerrero said.
Born in a small town in California, boxing was always an integral part of Guerrero’s upbringing. As a Mexican, he said, boxing was “part of our heritage.”
“Growing up watching great Mexican fighters inspired me to work hard.”
Now, Guerrero said he is just trying “to be the best I can.”
“Whether you are Latino or African American, I try to inspire everybody that views me.”
When asked what words he has for his fellow champ Mayweather, Guerrero answers with a smile: “Be ready…I’m coming”