Mayweather vs. Guerrero: Breaking Down the Biggest Weaknesses for Each Fighter

Justin OnslowContributor IIMay 4, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 17: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out at the Mayweather Boxing Club on April 17, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero for the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013.  (Photo by Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)
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Outlining Floyd Mayweather’s weaknesses is a lot like writing a bad review for a Lamborghini because of its ugly door handles. There simply aren’t many areas in which the undefeated fighter lacks elite skill and tremendous talent.

While Robert Guerrero certainly has a chance of putting the first blemish on Mayweather’s record, this wouldn’t be the first time a fighter was given a chance to do so. At 43-0, there simply isn’t a better boxer on the planet.

But we won’t be able to say that forever. The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is 36, and he’s seen his share of abuse in the ring. He’s never lost a fight, but that wear and tear will eventually catch up with him.

The big question is when it will finally happen.

When Mayweather and Guerrero square off this evening, that question may be answered—at least for now. The odds certainly aren’t in Guerrero’s favor.

For the 30-year-old to have a chance against the five-division world champ, a lot is going to have to go in his favor. Guerrero has to key in on whatever weakness he can find in Mayweather’s game.

What are those weaknesses? They are few and far between, but there are undoubtedly some areas in which Guerrero can take advantage.

Likewise, Mayweather will have to expose his counterpart’s biggest flaws in order to keep his spotless record intact. We’ll take a look at both fighters and break down their biggest weaknesses below.


Floyd Mayweather (43-0) vs. Robert Guerrero (31-1-1)

If there’s one noticeable flaw in Mayweather’s game, it is his tendency to fight in bursts of energy. While that’s not unusual for any fighter, it does open the door for a more aggressive opponent to wear him down with prolonged attacks.

At 36, Mayweather has lost a step since his formative days. He isn’t slow by any means, but there’s certainly an opportunity for Guerrero to use his youthful exuberance to wear down his opponent.

Being a tremendous defensive fighter will still make such a scenario a long shot, however. Guerrero is an aggressive fighter who has the tendency to get out of control at times, and Mayweather may be the only boxer on the planet who can effectively take advantage with his counterpunches.

While Mayweather has few noticeable flaws, there are some questions that have never really been answered—questions about his mental make-up that could prove to be damaging should Guerrero manage to exploit them.

The pound-for-pound champion has rarely experienced what it takes to battle back in a fight, and he’s never had to pick himself up off the canvas to finish one. If Guerrero can get ahead early or find a way to land a punch on Mayweather’s chin, this fight could take on a whole new look.

There’s a reason none of those scenarios have played out, though. Mayweather is such a talented, cerebral and otherwise defensively-skilled fighter that it may take more than lucky shot to knock him off his throne.

Guerrero’s biggest weakness in this fight will be his overly aggressive style. While it may play in his favor at times in the early going, Mayweather only needs one opportunity to catch Guerrero out of position. Should Guerrero get overly anxious in attempting to wear down his opponent, Mayweather has the ability to end it with one counterpunch.

Guerrero deserves the benefit of the doubt given his tremendous record and ideal mix of speed and power, but the odds are stacked in Mayweather’s favor. It’s going to take a monumental performance to end his undefeated run.