Canelo: Guerrero didn’t have a game plan against Mayweather
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) isn’t giving Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero much credit for the effort he put in against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) last May in losing by a 12 round unanimous decision.
Canelo thinks Guerrero lost because he didn’t have a real plan in how to beat Mayweather like he will when he faces Mayweather on September 14th.
Canelo said this as quoted by esnewsreporting “Fortunately, Guerrero didn’t pose a problem for Floyd, and he really didn’t have a game plan. He just went at Floyd and didn’t do anything.”
Mayweather beat Guerrero by the scores 117-111, 117-111 and 117-111.
I disagree with Canelo. I think Guerrero had a plan, much like Canelo’s likely plan for Mayweather, but pressuring didn’t work because Floyd was too fast at hitting and getting out of the way of his shots.
There really wasn’t much Guerrero could do once that plan failed because it’s not as if he was going to beat Mayweather in throwing punches from the outside. Guerrero’s whole game plan was to work his way in close and then mug Mayweather like he did Andre Berto.
It didn’t work and there was nothing else Guerrero could. He was stuck with his limited fighting style that prevents him from beating guys like Mayweather from the outside. Canelo is basically Guerrero 1B. He’s the same fighter basically.
Canelo needs to get in close to throwing his body shots, and if Mayweather doesn’t let him, then Canelo is out of luck. He doesn’t have a plan B, and if he says he does then he’s kidding himself. If Canelo is forced to try and beat Mayweather from the outside then he’s going to be lost. It’s not going to happen.
Canelo is too much like a little tank and he’s not build for speed. He reminds me of a Vinny Pazienza type fighter that does real well on the inside, but who struggles when the fight goes to the outside and he’s facing a fast guy with excellent defense.
Pazienza was out of his league when he fought Roy Jones Jr. and he couldn’t lay a glove on him because Jones Jr. wouldn’t fight on the inside and he wouldn’t stand in one place. It’s going to be the same thing with Mayweather vs. Canelo.