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Three thoughts on Floyd Mayweather beating Robert Guerrero

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It was an easy 12-round win for Floyd Mayweather over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

It was an easy 12-round win for Floyd Mayweather over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

LAS VEGAS — Three thoughts on Floyd Mayweather’s easy win over Robert Guerrero:

A blowout I thought, a blowout I got: Guerrero talked tough before the fight, promising to rough up Mayweather, promising to do to him what no fighter had before. But how many times have we heard that before? When Guerrero did get in the ring, he found himself up against a quicker, stronger, more elusive fighter. The first two rounds were close, but after that it was repetitive. Mayweather pot-shotted Guerrero with right hands, so many in fact that he said he broke it in the middle rounds. Guerrero chased Mayweather around the ring throughout the fight, trying to pin him against the ropes, trying to do to Mayweather what he did to Andre Berto last year.

GALLERY: Action shots of Mayweather-Guerrero

But Mayweather (surprise!) is not Berto. For the most part, Mayweather kept the fight in the middle of the ring, going to the ropes, it seemed, only when he wanted to. When Guerrero did get inside, Mayweather parried most of his punches and kept a stiff guard up to prevent anything significant from getting through. According to CompuBox, Mayweather connected on 41 percent of his punches (to Guerrero’s 19 percent), 19 percent of his jabs (compared to 11 percent for Guerrero) and a whopping 60 percent of his power shots (28 percent for Guerrero). It was a boxing clinic by a fighter taking on an opponent nowhere near his level.

No rust: Mayweather isn’t the same springboarding defensive fighter he once was, the end result of age costing him some of his mobility. But coming off a one-year layoff and a two-month prison sentence, he was more elusive than he was in his last fight, against Miguel Cotto. Time after time Guerrero went for a big hook and came up with air. Time after time Guerrero tried to crowd Mayweather, only to have him disappear right in front of him. Going into the fight, I thought the only way Guerrero could win would be if Mayweather aged in the ring. Put simply, he didn’t.

Where now, Floyd? There is going to be a groundswell of support for Mayweather — who confirmed before the fight he would be back in September and that he intended to fight five more times — to face Canelo Alvarez in the fall, and Alvarez, who has replaced a defanged Manny Pacquiao as Mayweather’s preferred opponent, is a solid choice. But is there any real reason to believe that an inexperienced Alvarez will be able to locate Mayweather any better than Guerrero? Mayweather’s potential pool of opponents — Alvarez, Danny Garcia, Amir Khan — just aren’t on Mayweather’s level. It’s Floyd’s world, as long as he can keep his skills on top of it.

– Chris Mannix

  • Published On May 05, 2013
  • 37 comments
    SteveStahler
    SteveStahler

    Gayweather will NEVER be known as the fight all comers champ  He is a chump Champ. He will never be known as one of the greatest and ANY top 10 fighter at welter, junior middle or middle weight would have kicked his azz in the 70s and 80s.

    mon1
    mon1

    maynever very clever

    vegasvic13
    vegasvic13

    next! DWTS could win he can dance.

     

    jaco55
    jaco55 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

    Why don't we hear more about how Mayweather DESTROYED Marquez and it's still debatable after all the Pacquio/Marquez whether or not Marquez won 3 out the 4!

    Nolinol
    Nolinol

    Are we gonna put him into the pantheon of greatness because he fought fighters of less skill than him?  He is a marketing genius, a man who can put up a huge charity fight to raise fund for himself and his ego, and all of you boxing writers gloss over him and "his outstanding performance, no ring rust, and all this crap...".  The measure of greatness is to take any worthy challenger without any precondition because he believes in what he can ultimately do.  For all what he is doing to the sport of boxing, it is just okay.  But if we deeply consider it, he also represents an anomaly in boxing just like his friend/enemy, fellow fundraiser (for himself) Bob Arum.  If there was a fight of the century that did not take place because of greed and ego, let us put these two in the Boxing Hall of Shame.

    StacyHutchens
    StacyHutchens

     @Nolinol  Loooool! Do you fools even know Mayweather's record or you just hear something and parrot it out cos some talking head said it?? Here is a link for you to get a grasp of the people he has fought. He has beaten more champions than anyone else in his division. Your hate of Mayweather is clouding your judgement my friend..........

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_Mayweather,_Jr.

    Suge
    Suge

    Guerrero has a chance is what everyone was saying before the bell rung...All Access received favorable ratings because fans really thought all of the tough talk from him and his Pops could translate to Mayweather being rough up like Berto. News flash: Martinez & Alvarez and any other fighter that fights in a weight class well above the 147 lbs. class Mayweather has controlled over the years is a JOKE. What fans fail to realize is that the 147 lbs. welterweight class is only the weigh in weight but come fight night the weight for every fighter balloons to their actual walk around weight which cancels Martinez and Alvarez out of the mix. Please do your research in dream match ups before posting because it sounds like bitterness and hatred towards a man that has acquire a lot of wealth by outsmarting the GREEDY/Snakes listed as Boxing promoters.  I would luv to see Floyd vs Pacman but we all know how that went...no blood testing for Pacman but every other fighter can take it with no issues.   

    recruitingAngel
    recruitingAngel

     @Suge Still stuck on the testing excuse? Its almost like talking to a child. Reality is available.  Please join us in reality.

     

    Floyd: Take the test

    Pacquiao:  Agrees to testing

    Flody: Take the test

    Pacquiao: Agrees to take the test even 1 hour up to the fight

    Floyd:  We can't fight because you haven't agreed to the test.

     

     

    What a joke.

    O.N.K.
    O.N.K. like.author.displayName 1 Like

     @recruitingAngel  @Suge that is not rue. Pac never agreed to testing.  it was always an issue with him. And you are stupid if you would get in the ring with someone who is on steroids, i dont care how skilled you are.  it is cheating.  as soon as he had to slow down on the roids......face plant

    Labo
    Labo

    oh and there's three more.. scripted, duckhead, gay

    Labo
    Labo

    three things gayweather vs leon guererro. boring, boring, boring!!!

    jamestkirk
    jamestkirk

    First, Oscar De la Hoya has become very corrupt like the rest of the boxing promoters. Everyone knew Guerrero was all hyped and was never a threat to Mayweather. Guerrero fought like a uncoordinated clod with no punching power whatsoever. It was all a show, this is a scam involving class B fighters. Guerrero father looked like some Mexican caricature from a Looney Tunes cartoon in a zoot suit. The Showtime production is a high school pep rally, again second rate. HBO is far superior!!!! De la Hoya I never trusted your beedy eyeballs--I think, you through some fights and you were overated and after the Trinidad fight--you sucked the rest of your boxing career, now your even more shady.

    Ok Mayweather you are a master boxer. Hopefully you can fight someone like Sergio Martinez, but you have dodged him for years. Give us a real fight not a boxing clinic.

    clemwilson1970
    clemwilson1970

     Now can Rueben Guerrero crawl back in the hole he came out of for the last 6 weeks and stay where Rueben belongs underground?

    recruitingAngel
    recruitingAngel

    He will avoid any fighter that has potential to give him trouble, he will avoid Canelo just like he avoided Margarito and Pacquiao.  It is beyond me why his fans continue to gobble up his marketing thinking that a fight with Guerrero would have been more competitive than a fight with Pacquiao.  It is obvious they are floydtards and not boxing fans when they make excuses why we a fight SHOULDN'T happen. 

    StacyHutchens
    StacyHutchens like.author.displayName 1 Like

     @recruitingAngel  I do not think you have any idea what you are talking about. Typical of you guys who hate on Mayweather. Margarito?? Pacquiao??

     

    Cotto, Mosley, Williams, Santos, James, Lozoya..... People who beat the crap out of Margarito.... Rustico Torrecampo, Medgoen Singsurat, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez...... People who knocked Pac out....

     

    Yeah, Mayweather is afraid of Pac and Margarito.......................looooooooooooool!!!

     

    Mayweather has fought and beaten more champions than both those jokers. It's called google. Put in Mayweather and go to Wikipedia and look at Mayweather's record then come back here with a bit more foresight

    recruitingAngel
    recruitingAngel

     @StacyHutchens  @recruitingAngel   I went to wikipedia and it showed that he did not fight Margarito or Pacquiao.    My point still stands.

     

    On other hand you are making the arguement because nobody has beaten floyd, that means nobody can beat floyd which is a poor argument and not logical.    You are also making the poor arguement that because other fighters have beat Pacquiao that means Floyd will beat pacquiao.  It is very simple to see how poor your arguements are, do you not see it? Let me help you:

     

    Let me give you an example how illogical your thinking is:

     

    The Spurs are a defensive team that shut out the offensive team called the Warriors.  The Heat are an offensive team.  Therefore the Heat cannot beat the Spurs.

     

    another example:

     

    The Celtics (team 1) has lost to the Heat (team 2, the Bulls (team 3) and whatever other team, lets say the Clippers.

     

    As a result, the Celtics will loose to Lakers.

     

     

    These are the arguments you are making.  Most non-pacquiao haters will see how illogical you sound.  Reality welcomes you.

     

     

    O.N.K.
    O.N.K.

     @recruitingAngel  @StacyHutchens You kno nothing about boxing.  pac is not technically sound at all!!  his wild swinging will leave him wide open.  What happened to ricky hatton?  Pac is a slightly better version of mayorga.....mayweather would tee off on him all day long.  And mayweather is accurate, not a volume puncher.  As for margarito, if you think they are in the same class then you may as well just go watch mma cuz you are a novice

    recruitingAngel
    recruitingAngel

    How does another mans victory (JMM) over Pacquiao make a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao any less competitive.  Its as crazy as saying something like if the Spurs can defensively shut out the Miami Heat, no need to see them play any other offensive team because we will know the outcome.

    JoliverPaloso
    JoliverPaloso

    maynever should fight sergio martinez.. he just ducking class A boxer. guererro is just a class D. no wonder maynever will always win a brawler boxer. fight martinez then you can see what happen..trust me..

     

    leehwgoc
    leehwgoc like.author.displayName 1 Like

     @JoliverPaloso Look, I don't like Mayweather either, but you just come off as a willfully ignorant moron by pretending that he has no 'class A boxer' wins over the course of his 44-win career.  In fact, he's had dozens.  And it still wasn't all that long ago that he completely dominated Marquez.  Do you not count the guy that dethroned Pacman as 'class A'? 

     

    But anyway, Mayweather would destroy Martinez.  Just like he destroys everybody.  /yawn

    nacho_nacho
    nacho_nacho

     @leehwgoc hmm, know your weight class..a welterweight isn't just going to go up to the middleweight class and destroy anybody..when was the last time he fought at 160? And if you mean destroy, he's going to outpoint him, then that might be the most boring fight on ppv. People wanted to see a Pacman v Mayweather fight but for whatever reason Floyd just ducked and ran..now it will never happen..

    SukeMadiq
    SukeMadiq

    Now he can go back to beating his girlfriends and not knowing how to read.

    Gary42
    Gary42 like.author.displayName 1 Like

    The man paid his due's, let the man be, he is the pound for pound best fighter out there. just open your eye's.....................thanks Floyd.

    SukeMadiq
    SukeMadiq

     @Gary42 

    Still he is a little wife beating prick.

    O.N.K.
    O.N.K. like.author.displayName 1 Like

     @SukeMadiq  @Gary42 anyone with a name tag as yours on a site dominated by men is a little wife beating prick.  stay on subject woman!!  we are talking about boxing here

    juliuslex
    juliuslex like.author.displayName 1 Like

     @SukeMadiq and you can continue hating on arguably the greatest fighter since Ali. What is it that motivates you haters, will you all try to change the script if you get old? Dont worry some of us geezers wont let you 20yrs from today, fella. lol try again chump

    SukeMadiq
    SukeMadiq

     @juliuslex 

    Please, Duran, Leonard, Hagler would have likely all beat him.

    O.N.K.
    O.N.K. like.author.displayName 1 Like

     @SukeMadiq  @juliuslex i cant stand mayweather as a man but AS A MAN, i have to admit that Floyd is the most technically sound boxer since sugar ray and sweet pea.  and thats both sugar rays

    leehwgoc
    leehwgoc like.author.displayName 1 Like

     @SukeMadiq  @juliuslex  You'd *like* to think so, but objectively there's no reason whatsoever for you to assume that... but plenty of reason to presume the inverse.

     

    Floyd is a garbage human being.  He's also one of the all-time greatest boxers.  And wishing and wanting on a sentimental level won't make it otherwise.

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