Despite what was a heavy defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, Robert Guerrero should hold his head up high.
There's no shame in being overmatched by a better fighter. That's what happened for The Ghost. He wasn't able to end the fight early, and as a result, the gulf in class between Mayweather and Guerrero became readily apparent.
Of course, The Ghost's performance let some have a field day at the fighter's expense. Here's one such joke by ESPN's Todd Grisham:
Todd Grisham @GrishamMMA
Maybe Guerrero is Casper the friendly "Ghost"5/5/2013, 4:39:30 AM
Guerrero is an extremely tough fighter. That was evidenced by the fact he was able to go the distance against Mayweather. Lesser fighters might have gotten frustrated and figured enough was enough and made a stupid mistake that would have ended the fight. The Ghost absorbed some big shots, but he kept on coming. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports was very complimentary of Guerrero's ability to stay on his feet:
Kevin Iole @KevinI
Guerrero deserves a lot of credit for making the 12th. He's taking a lot of big shots5/5/2013, 4:43:12 AM
There's something to be said for Guerrero's determination. When the fight was all but over, he could have thrown in the towel and gone down. Instead, he continued looking for that one punch that could end the fight.
Guerrero had the kind of power to knock out Mayweather early. Unfortunately for him, though, he lacked the kind speed in his punches for them to connect. It became apparent in about the third or fourth round that Mayweather would be able to take the best Guerrero could give him.
The Ghost had to wind up in order to try and land a knockout blow. For somebody who can read an opponent as much as Mayweather, that's way too much time until the window to land the punch has already closed. It also left Guerrero wide open for Mayweather to hit back on the counter, which he is so adept at doing.
When Plan A didn't work for Guerrero, he didn't have a Plan B. Up to this point, he hasn't really needed a Plan B, especially against somebody like Mayweather. It's unfair to expect The Ghost to have all of a sudden elevated his talent.
The problem when you go up against such a great fighter like Mayweather is that you're likely to look very weak, no matter how well you perform. Guerrero looked like a scrub at times against Money May, and most of that was down to the way Mayweather was able to defend. He's one of the greatest defensive boxers of all time. Guerrero is far from the only fighter who has been unable to send Mayweather to the mat.
Prior to The Ghost, 43 guys failed to get the better of Mayweather. There's nothing wrong with being No. 44.