Mayweather: Guerrero is a dumbass; his pressure won’t work against me
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) sees Robert Guerrero’s game plan in how to beat him with pressure is simplistic one and feels it won’t work. Guerrero is going to be using the same method that’s been tried against Mayweather by numerous fighters in the past without success, and Mayweather doesn’t understand why Guerrero doesn’t have something else he can use because the pressure isn’t going to work.
Mayweather said: “43 had a game plan. ‘We’re going to keep pressure on Mayweather.’ It’s not going to work. The game plan is to just come in and get your payday, you f*****g dumbass.”
The problem that Guerrero has is he’s so certain that he can beat Mayweather the same way that he beat former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto with steady pressure that he doesn’t seem to have developed any other strategies to use if this fails to work.
When you end up working your entire training camp on one major game plan in how to win, it leaves you with little option come game time when it fails to work. It’s understandable why Guerrero would think that he can beat Mayweather with pressure after having watched Miguel Cotto give Mayweather problems last year in May in a close 12 round decision win by Mayweather.
What made it work for Cotto was that Mayweather decided on his own to stand his ground, fight Cotto’s fight, and beat him at his own game. Cotto has an advantage in that he came into the fight in the mid-160s, and that gave him a big weight advantage over Mayweather, who was still right around the 147 weight limit for the fight.
When Mayweather did finally start to use some movement in the 12th, he showed how easy it would have been for him if he used his feet to elude the pressure from Cotto from round one.
Guerrero has seen the Cotto-Mayweather fight and he obviously assumes he’s going to be able to do the same thing against Mayweather that Cotto did by just plodding forward for 12 rounds and never backing off on the pressure.