Can Robert Guerrero shock the world?
By Mark Havey: Robert Guerrero is a humble family man. He lives in a close knit neighborhood and surrounds himself with a small group of trusted associates and relatives. Tomorrow he gets his dream fight against a man who is the complete opposite. Floyd Mayweather is ranked at the top of the pound 4 pound list and is the highest paid athlete in any sport.
He is the world’s premier counter puncher. A defensive genius who’s ability to elude punches far exceeds anyone current boxer.
Guerrero has shown optimism that has surprised me. Boxers are self publicist’s who talk well even when they know defeat is predestined. But Robert Guerrero seems different. Like many boxers, he has been calling Mayweather out for a while. And like most boxers he knows that fight brings a huge pay day. Who doesn’t spend their life chasing money? but with Guerrero it seems more. He believes he is preordained for greatness. Can Floyd Mayweather punch that belief out of him?
Brawler vs tactician sums this fight up. History has proven that rarely ends well for the brawler. There have been brawler such as Sugar Ray Robinson who’s brutal punching capability is too much for a tactician. But Guerrero isn’t at that standard. Mayweather is possibly the best defensive fighter ever. certainly the best we have seen in the last 20 years. For me to believe that Guerrero will win he would have to be the best brawler of the last 20 years. But he isn’t even the best today. Manny Pacquiao, Saul Alvarez, Brandon Rios, Danny Garcia, even Miguel Cotto. They are all better strikers that Guerrero and all close enough in weight to be eligible to fight Mayweather. He certainly lacks the speed to beat Floyd over 12 rounds.
However Guerrero does have more than just a punchers chance. His family motivate him and give him a desire that I think many Mayweather opponents have lacked. He does have the power to knock Mayweather out. He is deeply religious and believes he has the backing of God. But is best chances comes in the form of timing. Mayweather isn’t a young man any more. When he fought Cotto I noticed his speed, reflexes and footwork had all declined. The problem is that those qualities were still of an exceptional standard. Timing is so important in boxing and the time could be right. it isn’t a legal obligation of Mayweather’s to stick to this six fight deal. But if he does I believe he will lose before he retires. If the time isn’t now then it isn’t far off.
I can’t see Robert Guerrero shocking the world tomorrow. Power counts for little when it can’t find a chin to connect with. The fact remains that there are fighters in, or around the welterweight limit that can do anything that Guerrero can do, and do it better. I wouldn’t be shocked if the fight was stopped by the doctor or by Guerrero walking on to a shot. His lack of speed will be the deciding factor.