Atlas: Guerrero didn’t have a plan against Mayweather
By Dan Ambrose: ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas was disappointed from what he saw from Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) in his failed attempt to defeat WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Atlas expected Guerrero to have some kind of logical plan to try and win the fight, but instead Guerrero stood on the outside and took pot shots for most of the fight. When did plod forward, he’s eat big right hand shots and get tied up after missing two or three shots.
Guerrero looked totally clueless and also scared. I expected Guerrero to look confused, because he had never fought anyone even close to the skill level of Mayweather before during his career. However, what I wasn’t expecting was for Guerrero to look as timid as a lamb out there against Mayweather, especially after all that bold talk that Guerrero had done about him not being intimidated by Mayweather.
As it turns out, Guerrero did end up looking scared of Mayweather once he tasted some of his underrated power. Guerrero looked like he was afraid to come forward in the last half of the fight for fear of getting hit with one of Mayweather’s big right hand shots.
Atlas said to ESPN: “How do you go into that kind of fight without a plan? You’re fighting a very specific skillset, a very specific style. All you can do is walk into the front door all fight long, no feinting with a counter puncher to get him out of position, leading with left hands all night long where a guy with good vision like Mayweather can see that coming and get away from it; you’re the slower guy, the less finesseful guy, you’re the less skillful guy, you’re going to have to rough him up when you get inside, you have to make it a fight, you have to make hay, but instead you get inside and allow yourself to be tied up. It takes two to tangle and it takes two to be tied up. Yes, Floyd is smart; he tied him up, but Guerrero put his hands behind Floyd all night long and didn’t do the one thing he had to do in order to if he was going to have a chance in this fight, fight on the inside, but Floyd was faster, smarter and better.”