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5 Reasons Floyd Mayweather Is Making a Mistake Fighting Robert Guerrero

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2013

5 Reasons Floyd Mayweather Is Making a Mistake Fighting Robert Guerrero

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. will return to the ring to defend his WBC welterweight championship against mandatory challenger Robert Guerrero on May 4 in Las Vegas.

    Most observers expect Mayweather to have an easy time in the fight and setup a potentially more dangerous showdown with junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in the fall.

    But those same observers overlook Guerrero at their own peril. This fight is a lot more competitive, and dangerous than it appears on paper.

    These are five reasons that Floyd Mayweather is making a mistake in taking on Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero in May. 

Inactivity

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    By the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. steps through the ropes for his bout with Robert Guerrero in May, he will have been outside a boxing ring for nearly a year to the day. His last bout, with Miguel Cotto, took place on May 5 of last year.

    Since then Mayweather was held out of the ring by a variety of issues, most notably a jail sentence for domestic abuse. He served a two-month sentence last summer for the offense and publicly flirted with the idea of not returning to the ring as a result.

    Inactivity has been something of a staple of Mayweather's career these past several years and he has never seemed to suffer ill effects in the past. 

    But he was also younger then and didn't have the negative experience of a jail term.

    Robert Guerrero is no easy task for any fighter—much less one coming off such a long, and taxing layoff.

Guerrero Is Hungry

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    Robert Guerrero is a hungry, tough champion with a fierce desire to prove himself. 

    Many people have wrongly compared this fight to the last relatively unknown fighter that Mayweather selected as an opponent—Victor Ortiz.

    That shows a fundamental misunderstanding of who Robert Guerrero is and what makes him tick. And it shows a lack of understanding of his mental toughness both inside and outside the boxing ring.

    Guerrero is a multi-time world champion in four different weight divisions. In 2010 he was forced to vacate his super featherweight championship in order to aid in the care of his wife who was battling leukemia at the time.

    He's struggled his entire career for recognition and has earned everything he's gotten. He will not give up this opportunity without a fight. 

Age

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    For those of us who have followed Floyd Mayweather since he turned pro after the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games it's hard to believe he's already 36 years old.

    Not old by any stretch but definitely a dangerous and oftentimes tricky age for a fighter. This is particularly true of a boxer who relies as much on reflexes, timing and defense as "Money" has done throughout his career.

    He's never been the strongest fighter but he's always been the quickest and has made elite fighters look silly with his defense and movement.

    At 36 and with a year out of the ring and a jail sentence behind him, it's plausible to question whether Mayweather will be the same fighter he has been in the past. And if he slips just a slight bit he could be in trouble against the hard-charging Guerrero.

Too Many Hats?

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    There was a time when Floyd Mayweather was just a fighter. 

    Now he's a fighter, promoter, trainer, social media mogul, etc. 

    Putting it simply he might just be wearing too many hats at this point to give his full commitment to the product inside the ring.  

    There was a time when a less than fully committed Floyd Mayweather was still light years ahead of every other fighter placed into the ring with him. 

    But his last fight with Miguel Cotto was a little dicier than we've seen from him in the past. It remains to be seen if Mayweather's increased willingness to engage was a choice or a need due to slightly slipping skills. 

    Or if they were the result of a less-than-100 percent commitment to the fight. Either way it's a lot for any fighter to chew and still remain elite.

Guerrero Will Come to Fight

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    Robert Guerrero made some waves with his recent dominant victory over former welterweight champion, and at one time super-prospect, Andre Berto in November. 

    It was a tremendous performance and emphasized many of the characteristics that make Guerrero a dangerous opponent.

    He's highly determined, swarms and stays on top of you, and is willing to rough you up using both legal and at times illegal means. 

    It's a risk for Mayweather to take on a fighter with this style, given he's had a moderate level of difficulty with them in the past, and it could provide many dicey moments.

    It's obvious that Robert Guerrero will enter the ring at the MGM Grand as a heavy underdog. But he's certainly a live dog and has the confidence to believe he'll shock the world.

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