Marquez: Robert Guerrero is Going to Have a Difficult Night

By Chris Robinson

Moments before the tense weigh-in between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero, I crossed paths with Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez.

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO’s) defends his WBC welterweight crown later tonight against Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a Showtime pay per view attraction and Marquez showed himself to be intrigued when asked for his thoughts on the matchup.

“I think this is a tough fight for the two fighters, but the fight is a tougher fight for Guerrero [because of] Mayweather’s style,” stated the four-division champion. “His speed, he counterpunches very good. It’s a difficult style.”

Of course, Marquez knows Mayweather very well, having lost a wide unanimous decision verdict to him three and a half years ago. On that fateful September night, Marquez was dropped in the second round and seemed completely befuddled by Mayweather’s brilliant blend of quickness, sharp-punching, and overall ring generalship.

Taking a moment to further elaborate on the clash of styles, Marquez revealed what each man would have to do to have success.

“Mayweather keeps Guerrero at the distance, landing so many punches, counter punches,” said Marquez, whose English has improved notably over the years. “And Guerrero, he needs to pressure and land combinations.”

Those giving Guerrero a realistic shot at victory are banking on the belief that the 36-year old Mayweather has slowed down a bit. In his last fight, Mayweather suffered a bloody nose and found himself caught up in a lot of back and forth action with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto before winning a comfortable decision.

Marquez loved Cotto’s attack in that fight but saw him slow down in the later rounds, perhaps giving a sign of what Guerrero must avoid if planning on being victorious tonight.

“It’s a great fight,” said Marquez of Mayweather-Cotto. “For me, I think Cotto won several rounds and he [was] tired in the last three rounds. He left the fight in the last three rounds. Mayweather won the fight, but Cotto won some rounds.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 05-06-2013

[QUOTE=Toltec77;13323977]Yup Floyd getting busted up tonight like it or not, win or lose he will get hurt.Guerrero is coming for blood, and he will deliver his share of punishment.[/QUOTE] Uhh, what happened? Let me guess - Floyd ran, right?

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 05-04-2013

[QUOTE=E.P.T.;13325019]:haha: Floyd fans are so emotional over this. :haha:[/QUOTE] this is why this site has become so crap. trolling has become acceptable and funny. hardly any serious boxing posters around here for all the trolls. why would anyone in the…

Comment by UTEP on 05-04-2013

[QUOTE=TLC8;13323816]JMM was outweighed fight night by 25lbs when he fought Floyd Junior. Floyd didn't even make weight, and he didn't care. 3 1/2 years ago. JMM was getting beat by Pacquiao on all three scorecards when he landed one hail…

Comment by apokalips on 05-04-2013

[QUOTE=JaYDeuce11;13323957]Marquez should of went after Mayweather 2 after KOing Pacuiao. He wouldve had his biggest payday ever and all the fame/recognition hes gotten jealous over Pacquiao!! But in relity, Mayweather toyed with Marquez and why on earth should Maywether grant…

Comment by handsome1-1 on 05-04-2013

Jmm won't ask for a rematch because HR k les he ll have to take the test and he ll see his Popeye muscles shrink hahaha and end up going in the ring a little fat bugger with no speed,…

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