Guerrero: I’ve got what it takes to beat Mayweather; people will be in shock
By Chris Williams: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero says he’s going to prove boxing fans wrong when he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4th on HBO at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Guerrero points out that few fans believed that he could move up to welterweight and beat the likes of Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin, and now many of these same fans don’t see Guerrero capable of beating Mayweather Jr.
Guerrero said to eastsideboxing.com “People will find out the truth very soon…I’m a natural southpaw who can adapt to different styles in the ring. I’m also more athletic than most realize. It’s all there to defeat Floyd…everyone will be in shock…I’m going to tell everyone ‘I told you so.’”
I don’t see Guerrero being able to shock the world like he thinks he thinks he will. I don’t see him shocking anybody in this fight. It’s going to be a pretty normal fight for Mayweather with him likely pitching a shutout over Guerrero.
Guerrero seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder about people underestimating him since he’s moved up from light, but can you really blame boxing fans for doubting the guy? Any fighter that moves up from lightweight to welterweight without stopping off at light welterweight is going to be doubted by boxing fans, because it’s a huge jump up in weight. You don’t see too many guys that can do that, and Guerrero didn’t look all that great in beating Aydin in his first fight at welterweight.
Guerrero looked beatable going into his second fight at 147 against a ring rusty Andre Berto. However, Guerrero was able to win that fight for a variety of reasons. First off, Berto changed his fighting stance and adopted the Mayweather shoulder role, which he did a really poor job of using it.
Instead of it helping his defense, it made him a lot worse because he ended up learning in the direction of the southpaw Guerrero’s left hands all night. The other reason why Berto lost was because he didn’t throw enough punches.
Berto used to be able to throw a lot of punches in his early 20s, but now that he’s nearing 30, he’s much less active. Berto’s final mistake was fighting off the ropes for the entire fight instead of the center of the ring. This made it easy for Guerrero to win because he’s a better inside fighter than Berto.