Floyd Decisions Guerrero, Say Fans

By Clarence George on February 22, 2013
Floyd Decisions Guerrero, Say Fans
Does The Ghost have what it takes to play Harry Greb to Mayweather's Gene Tunney?

RingTV.com’s latest and ongoing poll asks “What will be the result of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero fight on May 4?” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. At stake, the WBC welterweight title.

As of now, 50.3% of the fans expect Mayweather to win by decision, while 18% think he’ll win by stoppage. A combined total of 30.3% anticipate a Guerrero win—17.6% by KO or TKO, 12.7% by decision. Only 1.4% think the fight will end in a draw.

Mayweather, who’ll turn 36 on February 24, is generally considered today’s best pound-for-pounder. A pro since 1996, “Money” (43-0-0, 26 KOs) is WBC welterweight champ, as well as the WBA junior middleweight champ. He’s graced the ring with his presence on a once-a-year basis since 2009. His most recent fight took place last May, when he defeated Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision.

Guerrero, who’ll be celebrating his 30th birthday on March 27, is a 12-year pro. “The Ghost” (31-1-1, 18 KOs) fought twice last year, beating Selcuk Aydin in July and Andre Berto in November, both by unanimous decision. The southpaw’s only loss came by split decision against Gamaliel Diaz in 2005. In addition, Guerrero drew against Julian Rodriguez in 2004. Two of his fights were declared no contests—his 2006 bout with Orlando Salido after Salido tested positive for steroids and his 2009 match with Daud Cino Yordan when an accidental headbutt in the second prevented Guerrero from continuing the fight.

Does Guerrero have what it takes to play Harry Greb to Mayweather’s Gene Tunney, handing him the sole defeat of his career? Will “The Ghost” forever haunt Mayweather as the man who changed that cherished “0” to a blighted “1”? I don’t think so. Guerrero is good. He’s just not good enough to devalue “Money.” The 50.3% are right— Mayweather by decision. By unanimous decision, in my opinion.

Next up for “Money,” on September 14, the winner of Saul Alvarez-Austin Trout. I suspect it will be Alvarez testing his mettle against Mayweather, and with no more success than Guerrero.

Mayweather fighting twice in the same year? Can a warm embrace between Top Rank’s Bob Arum and Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer be far behind?

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  1. Gajjers 02:46pm, 02/22/2013

    Seems like a lot of fans are picking the winner with their hearts, rather than their heads - hey, they’re fan(atic)s, right? Judging by the clips included in the article, these two do not belong in the same arena, let alone the same ring, but the fight game being what it is, the intangibles - age, ring-rust, over-confidence, career momentum, sheer determination, relative speed, durability etc., may play a bigger part in what actually transpires in the ring than what appears straightforward on paper. I just hope for a cracking good contest.

  2. Bodyshots 02:09pm, 02/22/2013

    Guerrero’s a worthy and versatile contender. however, he is simply overmatched. a minor miracle and/or dramatic decline in Floyd’s fighting ability are the only scenarios that can result in a “W” for Guerrero. Floyd is among the strongest if not Thee strongest welter out there and has the poise and tools to defuse and exploit a brawling fight-plan from Guerrero. he’s also got the superior skills and reflexes to outclass Guerrero in a boxing-punching duel. in fact, which Mayweather shows up is the primary source of suspense leading up to this fight. Team Guerrero is a thinking and calculating team and i’m certain that they believe they’ll be able to adapt/innovate something that will allow Guerrero to ding Mayweather with his best shot(s). however, that is usually Floyd’s cue to kick-it-up a notch (or two, or three) and apply his breakaway poise, skills, and talent for another dominant win. in fact, provoking Floyd’s undivided attention in a boxing ring may be the worst thing that an opponent can do. Guerrero will enjoy a moment or two but eventually Floyd will begin to exploit Guerrero’s increasing frustration and outclass him for a mid- to late-rounds TKO.

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