Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero: Analyzing Bout's Importance for Each Boxer
Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero were on opposite ends of the spectrum on Saturday night, as Money cruised to a 12-round unanimous-decision victory over The Ghost, highlighting important aspects for each boxer.
Prior to this fight, Money had not fought since May 5, 2012—a 12-round unanimous-decision victory over Miguel Cotto. He spent two months in prison last summer after pleading guilty to domestic abuse charges of the mother of his two children, which was the reason for the layoff (h/t Dan Rafael of ESPN).
Guerrero, meanwhile, had not lost a fight since 2005. Most recently, he beat Andre Berto in a 12-round unanimous-decision victory on Nov. 24, 2012.
What the loss proved for The Ghost was that he's not worthy of fighting opponents who are on the same fighting level as Mayweather. Although he held tough and took the fight a full 12 rounds, Money was extremely defensive in this fight, and he still practically dominated Guerrero.
That said, this loss could set The Ghost up for a potential fight against Miguel Cotto, who lost his most recent match to Austin Trout on Dec. 1, 2012. I think Guerrero's methodical boxing style would serve well against whatever style Cotto decided to come out with.
As for Mayweather, this fight only further proved that the layoff didn't affect him and that he's the No. 1 boxer on the planet. Money's full arsenal of quickness, speed, defense and accuracy was on display against The Ghost, which led to the easy decision.
While there's certainly higher-quality competition out there for Mayweather, this fight further proved that he needs to start fighting better-quality competition to further bolster his resume as one of the greatest boxers to ever live.
Surely his record speaks for the type of fighter that he is, but I think Money needs a few more signature wins over quality opponents—like Canelo Alvarez—before we start mentioning him with other Hall of Fame boxers.
In the end, I believe this fight proved that Guerrero isn't on the same premier level as Mayweather and that Money is undoubtedly the best boxer, but he needs better competition before his career ends to really be considered one of the greatest ever.
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