May 2nd, 2013 By Jarrad Woods
CAN SPIRITED EFFORT TOPPLE A KING?
New York, NY- Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero 31-1-1, 19 KOs) will engage in his biggest professional bout to date when he squares off against undefeated, pound-4-pound king, Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) on Saturday. Robert and his team have been campaigning for this bout for past couple of years and he has finally been granted his wish.
IS ROBERT SMOKIN’ OR JUST BLOWING SMOKE?
Robert has not tasted defeat in close to a decade and avenged his only loss, emphatically with a knockout. Whether the Ghost is all talk or the real deal, he appears ready, confident and determined. There are many aspects about this fight to like and Guerrero will put forth a great effort on Saturday night. The question is, will it be enough?
WILL “GHOST” CONJURE UP GHOSTS OF FLOYD’S PAST?
Looking back at a few earlier opponents who were able to give “Money” Mayweather real trouble, there were two, Jose Luis Castillo and Emanuel Augustus. Floyd called Agustus his toughest fight and Castillo gave Floyd a run for his money, resulting in his only rematch. Guerrero contains both of the strongest attributes of the aforementioned fighter’s as he can box like Augustus and can brawl like Castillo if he needs to. The question remains, can he be effective using either style?
HOW THE GHOST CAN WIN HERE
Robert has a slight height advantage and a larger frame than Mayweather. In order for him to be effective he must use his natural advantages as often as possible. The jab is a key tool that many have neglected when facing Mayweather but he must employ this to remain competitive. That along with effective aggressiveness will secure him a shot at winning. A sustained attack to the body on the inside and an effective jab on the outside are going to be the best shots he has to win.
NOTHING APPEARS TO BOTHER FLOYD MUCH
Although Mayweather’s stint in jail was relatively short, some wonder whether jail time will factor into Floyd’s potential rust in his first bout post being locked up. It is likely that he will only be slightly affected by jail time, if at all. Despite early reports of Floyd wasting away, he appears physically and mentally as strong as he was when he went in.
DECISION OR KNOCKOUT?
Some believe a knockout is likely given Roberts penchant for eating right hands and uppercuts. On the flip side, some see Mayweather’s age and recent lack of ring mobility playing well into Roberts aggressive style and potentially leading to Mayweather touching the canvas, officially for the first time. Although I would love to see a great fight culminating in a devastating knockout, it’s unlikely to happen. Mayweather is too slick to eat enough punches to get stopped and Robert has displayed a solid beard as he has risen up in weight classes and handled the shots well.
BOXING WORLD ACCORDING TO JARRAD
Being bay area bred, I wouldn’t be mad if Gilroy, CA’s Guerrero was able to do the improbable and hand Floyd his first loss. The resulting media firestorm and inevitable rematch would certainly liven the sport and produce more legacy defining challenges for both fighters. But in reality, it’s much more likely, barring the bizarre that we will see 12 rounds of boxing 101 resulting in Floyd Mayweather’s 44th victory. Whether my assumptions are wrong or right, I know that it will be a hellava fight.