Guerrero: Mayweather ran when he felt my power
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Chris Williams: Despite eating right hands all night long and made to look like an over-matched contender, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) is convinced that the only reason he lost the fight to WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) last night is because Mayweather ran from him instead of standing in the box to fight him the way that Guerrero wanted and needed him to do in order for him to win.
Mayweather used a little bit of movement, but not a lot to beat Guerrero by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Guerrero said to hustleboss.com “He [Mayweather] felt the power and got on his bike. Anytime I got close to him he was out quick.”
Guerrero came across as a little bitter about his loss, and seemed unable to give Mayweather credit for having beaten him so convincingly. After all, it wasn’t Mayweather’s movement that allowed him to land 60% of his punches while limiting Guerrero to just 19%.
Mayweather was simply on another level and for Guerrero to blame his loss on Mayweather’s running is kind of sad because that shows you that Guerrero is unable to grasp what happened to him in the fight. If he thinks Mayweather only won the fight because he was running then that’s kind of scary.
As a fighter, you need to be able to come to terms with your losses because if you blame it on things that don’t jibe with reality, then you continue to make the same mistakes. I guess there’s not much Guerrero could improve on even if he wanted to. He was too slow to react to Mayweather’s right hands, and he was getting hit cleanly with them all night long. It was pretty obvious that Mayweather was too fast for him.
Mayweather really used very little movement against Guerrero. The movement that he did use was subtle where he would pull out from the ropes when cornered there. I guess Guerrero wanted him to stand in one place and not use any head movement or defense like a lot of his past opponents, but that’s the difference between Mayweather and a lot of the guys that Guerrero fought at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight.
If Guerrero was hoping that Mayweather would like Michael Katsidis, one of Guerrero’s past opponents, then he shouldn’t have agreed to take the fight. If Guerrero wants to fight those types of guys then he has no business fighting the best in the division because they’re not going to fight in a primitive manner.
I’m sure Guerrero can find plenty of guys that will stand in one place if he moves down to having his fights televised on ESPN2. He can fight a lot of guys that just stand there for 12 rounds so he can tee off on them in rough them up.
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