Robert Guerrero is going to be on the biggest stage boxing can offer, sharing the spotlight and fighting “Money” himself, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Last week, we published a story on the top reasons why Mayweather could lose to Guerrero. The piece created some real buzz and controversy, and so we decided to follow that up with a look at the bout from the reverse angle.
Of course, there are many things against the young, hungry lion in Guerrero. Not everyone believes Guerrero should even be sharing the ring with Mayweather, however, one thing we can say is that he has earned his spot to be fighting the top man in the sport.
With all of that said, check out the top 3 reasons that Mayweather will defeat Guerrero.
Experience is the best weapon to have going into major fights. And it’s not just in the ring experience, either. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been at this pinnacle of boxing for a very long time now, so the amount of press conferences he has to go to, the interviews he has to do, all the questions towards him all the time, he has been there before and is comfortable doing so, he even feels better doing it.
When it comes to prize fighting experience, hardly anybody in the game can compare to Mayweather. He simply knows how to win. The little adjustments Floyd makes during fights is the thing that sets him above other fighters right now.
When he was fighting Miguel Cotto, by the 4th and 5th rounds, Floyd’s straight right hand was not landing how he wanted it to, so he ended up finding the looping right, which would go around Cotto’s guard. After Cotto had adjusted to that, Floyd found the uppercut which would continue to land. It is the little things he does in fights which make it so hard to take that 0 from him. Robert Guerrero just does not have enough experience at this high a level yet. Robert’s biggest name opponent is Andre Berto and, well, Berto isn’t Floyd Mayweather.
Guerrero may be effective for the first few rounds but like all come forward fighters, Floyd will counter, land his body shots and break him down round by round.
The Wild Card
It shook up the boxing world when Robert Guerrero was found and arrested with an unloaded firearm in New York’s JFK airport. I personally have no idea why he would bring it on a plane, not knowing just exactly how the law works for the licenses for that particular state. It was an extremely ridiculous idea on his part, even if it was just aimless ignorance and not malicious in any way.
What’s done is done and now he will be going to court after the fight and possibly be facing serious prison time. Will this be on the back of his mind at all come fight night, knowing he is going to have to fight harder than ever to get the victory to ensure his family’s security while he may be headed to prison?
When some fighters fight harder, they tend to become a little reckless, and being reckless against Floyd Mayweather is a doomed approach. The more he opens up, the more Floyd will counter back with shots of his own and that may just set up Floyds offense easier.
It’s the most obvious reason why Mayweather should emerge victorious on May 4th. Guerrero has shown that he’s strong, he has the heart of a lion, and the power and chin to go with it. But if we compare the skill sets and ring IQs of the two fighters, Floyd Mayweather is up by a mile. He always know where he is and where he wants to go at all times during a fight, and he knows exactly how to get that done.
Mayweather may still be one of the fastest handed people in the boxing world right now. His hand speed is on display every time he goes out to perform. If his hand speed is not enough to bother you in a fight, his timing, defense and reflexes are the ones to catch your attention. Most opponents can barely see any hard clean shots land on Mayweather due to his defense and counter punching prowess.
His power may not be as up to par with Robert’s, but it is going to hurt enough to keep anyone thinking twice about making moves in the ring. The subtle feints that Floyd does, making his opponents flinch and then question their own approach, may be as effective as his own punches. Looking back on the Shane Mosley fight, Mosley was able to hurt Floyd early, but once Floyd gained his ground again, and started feinting and countering, Shane was the most confused boxer I may have ever seen.
Combined, these are the things that will make Money May way too much for Robert to handle come fight night.
Yet, there is one thing that is impossible to measure, and that is one’s will to win. We’ll never know what may happen until fight night, and as Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a game plan until they get punched in the face.”