5 things learned from Mayweather/Guerrero

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This ESPN piece written by Kieran Mulvaney discusses five things that we can take away from the most recent Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero fight. Who is next for Floyd? Can he promote five more fights knowing that he is already contractually guaranteed big bucks? Is there anyone out there that can compete with Floyd? Will Canelo/Mayweather be the next Pacquiao/Mayweather?

Article from ESPN, written by Kieran Mulvaney. Access the article here:

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9245190/mayweather-guerrero-card

Mayweather Rises Again

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By Rudy Mondragón

A calm, collected and mellow Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KOs) stepped into the ring and outclassed Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs). With this win, Floyd retains his WBC Welterweight title. Many said that at age 36, Floyd was showing signs of decline. On the night of May 4, 2013, Floyd Mayweather Jr. showed the world that it is not about age, it’s about taking care of your body and fighting smart. Last night was a true manifestation of that.

I scored the first two rounds in favor of Guerrero. Classic Mayweather taking the first few rounds to study his opponent to make the necessary adjustments. Mayweather tested his straight right in the first round only to find The Ghost counter him with a nice left to the body. A great reaction by Robert, but that was the last clean shot that he would get in the remainder of the fight as Mayweather found his speed, timing, and distance. After the third round, Mayweather began to dictate the pace of the fight. He looked like a matador in the ring, drawing Guerrero in to throw punches and miss. This woud eventually frustrate Robert. His father couldn’t find the right words between rounds to guide his son. All he could say was, “come on mijo!” Not the most effective words you want to hear as a fighter… Especially when you are in the ring with a master crafter of the game.

Round 8 drew the first blood of the fight as Mayweather landed a clean punch, creating a cut above the left eye of Guerrero. It was here that Mayweather tried to put Guerrero away as he throw some heavy punches that landed. After realizing that Guerrero was not for the taking, Mayweather continued to make The Ghost miss and land counter punches.

Fans booed in the final round as Mayweather used his feet to move away from Guerrero attacks. Majority of fight fans want to see massive blows, a brawl type fight. What those who were booing did not see and appreciate were the subtle things Floyd did throughout the fight to win. His ring generalship to dictate the fight, traps he set for Guerrero, reading his opponents attacks to duck and weave out of them, and denying Guerrero any angles to land head blows and uppercuts… I can go on and on. The subtle defensive and offensive things Mayweather does in the ring are important because it helps him land accurate and effective punches and also helps him avoid punishment. His high boxing IQ and the fact that he has taken care of his body is why he is relevant today, undefeated and able to do what he does at age 36.

All three judges had Mayweather winning 117-111. I had it 118-110, Guerrero only winning the first two rounds. Robert displayed a valiant effort and was determined to not be stopped. He also looked lost and confused in the ring. He smothered himself in his attempts to smother Floyd. He tried to bully Floyd and was unsuccessful in trying to create a toe-to-toe brawl. It was quickly clear that Floyd was no Andre Berto, who Guerrero was able to bully and punk in the ring. Mayweather is fast, stronger and smarter than Berto.  He clearly showed that against the hard working Robert Guerrero.

Whats next? Although Floyd hurt his right hand, he stated that he is set to fight again in September. Will he fight Canelo? As a true promoter, Floyd did not answer that question to keep fight fans on the edge of their seats. As for Robert, there are rumors of a possible Victor Ortiz showdown this year. Two southpaws in the ring?! Let’s make that happen with the goal of making the fall of 2013 one hell of a boxing season!

judge: Jerry Roth 117-111 | judge: Duane Ford 117-111 | judge: Julie Lederman 117-111 

Watch the full fight here:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xzlpye_floyd-mayweather-vs-robert-guerrero-boxe-fight-video_sport?start=259#.UYa80is_-2A

It’s About Being Smart: Mayweather//Guerrero Breakdown

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By Rudy Mondragón

Here we are again, fast approaching one of the most important weekends in boxing: Cinco de Mayo weekend. As boxing fans, we love it. It never gets old, especially when you have two good fighters in the ring. Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) will face Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr (43-0, 26 KOs) for the WBC Welterweight title in what appears to be an exciting main event.

The two campus have challenged each other verbally.  Mayweather Jr saying he is tired of the same sympathy story regarding Guerrero’s wife’s battle with cancer. The Ghost saying he will knock out Mayweather Jr. Guerrero’s father saying he will knockout Mayweather Sr. in a street fight. And just today, Ruben Guerrero calling Floyd Mayweather Jr. a women beater during a press conference.

Nothing new in the hype-up process of any fight. No doubt  Mayweather Jr. did wrong, he did his time for misdemeanor battery and I hope he’s learned from that experience. Watching Ruben Guerrero at the podium, one can see that he lost his composure and went on a rant that made him and his team look horrible. Today’s press conference tells us something. Camp Guerrero (the father more specifically) lost their cool. If the press conference was too hot for them, I can only imagine Saturday night being unfamiliar terrain that will be too much for Team Guerrero.  

Many questions will be answered after this fight for both fighters  Will this fight reveal something new about Mayweather? How will his one year layoff affect him? What affect did the 2 months in jail for misdemeanor battery do to him? Will having a six fight, 30 month contract with Showtime make him less hunger? Will having his father in his corner be a good thing?

How well has Robert recovered since his November war with Berto? How will a pending gun charges hearing for Guerrero affect him mentally come May 4th? How will he respond to the pressures of being on a larger boxing stage? Will his aggressive style be effective? Or will he walk into classic Mayweather rights?

There are many things to consider for this fight. Below are the keys to victory for both men:

Robert Guerrero

  1. Execute a high pressure fight from the beginning. Overwhelm Mayweather in a phone booth fight and attack the body.
  2. Mix it up. Box and use his jab, use faints, attack from different angles, enter the phone booth to exchange punches, and switch to orthodox at times. This will make it harder for Mayweather to adjust and execute.
  3. Remain calm, collected and poised. Stick to your game plan and don’t get sucked in to fighting Mayweather’s fight. Don’t believe me, watch the Hatton and Ortiz fights.

Floyd Mayweather

  1. Be yourself. Utilize your defensive stance (chin tucked, shoulder roll) and make Guerrero miss early and counter with rights. This will frustrate him.
  2. Beat Guerrero to the punch when he lunges forward. Guerrero has the habit of putting his head down when he enters the phone booth.
  3. Mayweather Jr. will need to be patient and pick his shots. This will help him break Guerrero down and allow him to go for a late stoppage.

Prediction

The Ghost knows that he will need to be aggressive early on and look to hurt Mayweather. This is going to play into Mayweather’s hands. Look for Mayweather to quickly adjust and exploit Guerrero’s weakness. Guerrero’s weakness will be his belief that brawling and smothering Mayweather in a phone booth will be effective. It won’t and Mayweather will frustrate Guerrero by connecting clean blows to the head. Guerrero will have success and get the crowed going by attacking Mayweather’s body and missing head shots in close proximity. However, Mayweather will connect and by the middle of the fight, I can see Guerrero’s face begin to swell. Let’s not forget what Berto did to Guerrero’s face. With his boxing ability, Mayweather can do that and then some.

I see Guerrero trying to brawl, but finding little success. The truth is that Guerrero will be out classed. Mayweather will find a way to get a late stoppage not because he is the baddest man on the planet, but because he is the smartest.

Mayweather wins via TKO, Round 9

Cracking the Da Vinci Code

mayweather-guerreroBy Rudy Mondragón

Blood Money Boxing Experience fans, check out this deep, one-on-one interview clip between Stephen A Smith and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Breakdown and prediction of the Floyd Mayweather Jr (43-0, 26 KOs) vs Robert Guerrero (31-1, 18 KOs) May 4th showdown coming soon. Check back later this week.

You can also check out Rudy Mondragón of the Blood Money Boxing family on ESPN Deportes Seattle breaking down the fight with Diego Arrioja and Paco Diaz. Tune in this Saturday between 10am – 1pm.

I’m the Best, I must Confess, All the Rest, There’s no Contest

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By Rudy Mondragón

Lock and load boxing fans, Floyd Mayweather (43-0) is set to take on Robert Guerrero (31-1-1) on the 4th of May in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight will mark a full year since Mayweather’s last fight where he unanimously defeated Miguel Cotto (37-4) for the WBA Super World light middleweight title. A month later, Floyd served a two month jail term for a domestic abuse conviction. Guerrero, a bit busier than Floyd, has fought twice in the last year. Most recent is his impressive underdog win against Andre Berto. Guerrero, being the stylist boxer that he is, did well to beat a good fighter in Berto. We are yet to see what The Ghost can do however, as he has not faced an elite fighter. May 4th, 2013 will be his opportunity to prove to the boxing world whether or not he should be considered elite or merely a good, hard working fighter.

With any good match up comes the entertainment aspect. Boxer versus boxer, face to face at press conferences, Twitter wars, YouTube videos, etc. Yes, this fight has a lot of it and more is yet to come. Mayweather recently worked the corner of one of his fighter’s and following the match, Guerrero was quick to tweet a message about how he will permanently make Floyd a full-time trainer. What is interesting about the hype of this fight however, is that Money May has not done much trash talking, but seems to be more focused on his promotions company. Maybe it’s still early and Money May is yet to engage in a mental chess match with his opponent via trash talking, we will see. It is the fathers of the two fighters who have taken the lead to trash talk and challenge each other to a street fight. Ruben Guerrero, father of The Ghost, is undefeated in the streets, 30-0 to be exact, and has proclaimed that he will “kick his [Mayweather Sr] f***ing ass, him and his son (Boxingscene).” Mental warfare, nothing new in the boxing game.

This match up has the potential for an exciting fight. Floyd Mayweather is a professor of boxing, he can pick his opponents apart, counter punch them with his straight right, execute expert defensive skills, and can finish off his rival if he see’s an opening. Guerrero is a stylist, he fights his opponents with a style that he thinks will make it difficult for his challenger. He will come forward, clinch to frustrate his opponent and use his head as a third glove in an effort to make it a dog fight. Guerrero has done it before and I am sure he will try it against Floyd. Only difference here is that he is facing Money May, who has the ability to adapt, not get hit, and counter attack the south paw to the point where he can break him down. The truth is that a fighter like Guerrero will need more than just god in his corner and hard work to get a win against Floyd. Guerrero has a huge heart and a strong sense of faith, but lacks the skill and boxing IQ to engage in a chess match against an elite boxing tactician.

Prediction for the fight will come soon, stay tuned folks. For now, I will leave you with a short poem by Floyd Mayweather Sr., which applies to Money May against The Ghost: Floyd is the best, I must confess, all the rest, there’s no contest.