Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero: Ideal Strategy for Each Boxer

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVApril 30, 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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Anytime Floyd Mayweather steps in the ring, we're guaranteed to see one of the best fights of the year. But facing Robert Guerrero is no simple task for the 36-year-old who is coming off a year-long absence from the ring.

These boxers match up in an interesting way, with conflicting styles, but also boast some similarities in what they aim to accomplish. With the fight being of such magnitude, each of Mayweather's and Guerrero's strategies will be shifted accordingly. 

If "The Ghost" has any aspirations of becoming the first blemish in "Money May's" 43-0 record, he'll have to execute his strategy while ensuring Mayweather doesn't succeed at what he's aiming to do. 

Let's take a look at the perfect strategy for each boxer and what will help them achieve victory.


Robert Guerrero: Attack Early, But Don't Lose Focus

Simply the best chance for any fighter to take down the legendary and unstoppable Floyd Mayweather is to try surprising him early on, either to force a KO or beat up the boxer for early points and a momentum swing.

Money May is known as an incredibly durable fighter, going through beatings while being on the verge of collapsing just to get out of a round. But that's what makes him so great, and in 43 tries he's never let that aspect of his game result in defeat.

Getting on Mayweather early is the only way Guerrero can set the tone and prove to anyone in the world that he stands a chance in this fight. He may be a worthy opponent and six years younger, but The Ghost will have to prove his worth in the same ring as an all-time great.

Though if his early onslaught doesn't work, Guerrero has to stick with it and put his stock in the latter rounds. 

Guerrero will have to send Mayweather back to his corner with some blood drawn after Round 1. If he doesn't, it should be a long (or short) night for Guerrero. 


Floyd Mayweather: Wait for the Right Time, Pounce

It's no secret that Mayweather's opposition is going to be putting all of his eggs in one basket early on. 

Like I mentioned in Guerrero's strategy, he should be aiming to take Money May down in the opening rounds. When Mayweather deflects this strategy with his own defensive-minded excellence, there's no doubt Guerrero will start to get gassed from his efforts.

That's when Mayweather will have to take advantage and pounce on The Ghost. He'll have to prove his endurance is the best out there and he can hang around while Guerrero throws the kitchen sink at him.

Once he gets through that, Mayweather can use his overpowering jabs and hooks to batter up Guerrero. Despite his age of 36 and coming off a break, Mayweather is arguably the most in-shape boxer in his class and that will help him later on.

If Mayweather can get through Guerrero's early onslaught of punches unscathed and maybe even answer with a few of his own, he'll be in much better condition heading into the middle rounds and will have a plethora of opportunities to attack. 


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