Mayweather: Guerrero is a dirty, flat-footed fighter
By Dan Ambrose: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) didn’t know much about Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) before agreeing to defend his title against him on May 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada, but since the fight was signed, Mayweather has discovered that Guerrero is a “dirty fighter” in his view and with a “flat-footed” fighting style.
Mayweather to Showtime: “From what I’ve seen, he’s [Guerrero] just a very, very dirty fighter. There’s nothing sharp about his fight game, but he’s here; he’s the guy in front of me and we’ll just have to see what he brings to the table come May 4th. He says he’s been calling me out for a year, but I really don’t know him except for the couple of clips that we’ve seen. Just for starters, he’s a flat-footed fighter. I’m a warrior. I know how to win. Come fight night, I’m able to expose any fighter. We the ghost busters.”
Trying to keep from getting fouled by Guerrero may prove to be next to impossible for Mayweather. Keeping the fight clean will be the referee’s job and if he allows Guerrero to fight in the same manager he did in his last fight against Andre Berto, then Mayweather could be in for a long night unless he can keep on the move to avoid Guerrero’s holding & hitting tendencies.
There’s no question that Guerrero is a flat-footed fighter with little ability to move around the ring other than walking after his opponents. If Mayweather uses any kind of foot-work in this fight, he should make Guerrero look really bad. If you look at the guys that Guerrero has been matched up against his entire career, he’s faced mostly guys that would come right at him or stand and elect to trade with him.
That’s why Guerrero was so eager to get Mayweather to agree to fight him in a toe-to-toe battle because he knows he can’t handle Mayweather’s ability to move around the ring and pot shot him. Guerrero absolutely has to have Mayweather slug with him to have a tiny chance at winning the fight.