Mayweather vs Guerrero: Ghost's Aggressiveness Will Help in Rest of Career

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 5, 2013

May 4, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather (black gloves) and Robert Guerrero (red gloves) during their WBC Welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won unanimously. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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It was a tough bout for Robert Guerrero, who lost to Floyd Mayweather by a unanimous decision.  The score was 117-111, but you have to admire Ghost’s aggressiveness.

In fact, that aggressiveness may not have translated to a win in this fight, but it will certainly help with the rest of his career.

Guerrero came out focused and ready in the first round against Mayweather.  He kept Floyd flat-footed for the first few rounds and did a good job countering Money’s right hand in Round 1.

Even near the end of the fight, Guerrero kept staying aggressive.  He never back down, even when he got a cut in the eighth round and the blood started to flow.  He kept pushing Floyd back, but Mayweather was just too fast.

Even if Guerrero wasn’t able to win, he has to be happy with how much aggressiveness he showed.  He came in with a lot of confidence, but it’s hard to take down a guy who came into the fight with an undefeated record of 43-0.

His ability to control the fight in terms of momentum will go a long way in his career.  He was clearly able to get Mayweather up against the ropes multiple times, but Floyd was just too elusive and found ways to get out of tough situations.

When Guerrero goes up against a slower opponent, he will have a significant advantage.  After going up against such an evasive fighter, anyone slower will be dominated in terms of controlling the pace of the fight when going up against the Ghost.

One of the weaknesses in Guerrero’s game was his leaky defense against Floyd.  That was mostly because he was opening up despite staying aggressive.  If he can go up against a fighter that doesn’t negate that aggressiveness with quickness, then his defense will be much better than it was against Mayweather.

Even after the fight, Guerrero has a 31-2-1 record, so he has to be happy with his career up to this point.  The fact that he wasn’t knocked out by arguably the best boxer of this generation says a lot about him.  He certainly has the toughness to fight in this sport, but he also has the aggressiveness to thrive, even when he’s down.