Some may have taken Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero's trash talk against Floyd "Money" Mayweather as an example of confidence. But it is more likely that Money has Guerrero right where he wants him.
Guerrero told Fight Hype:
Definitely he's ripe for the picking. You know, he's been out for a year...I see a lot of slippage.
I see him slowing down as far as his legs not being as quick as they used to be, but his timing is great, very sharp, smart in the ring; he's been putting a lot more pressure on guys and I really think that has to do with not being able to move as good on his legs
All of those observations sound like a formula for a winnable fight, but the comments also come off as wishful thinking. What happens if Mayweather isn't as slow as Guerrero expects him to be?
Guerrero added more flame to the fire with this response to a recent tweet from Mayweather:
Robert Guerrero @GHOSTBOXING
@FloydMayweather hope u liked working corners I'm gonna make it permanent pretty boy! The fans want it @shosports 70 days left buddy! #43-12/24/2013, 6:16:04 AM
What happens when The Ghost finds out that Mayweather is deceptively strong on the inside and the bullying tactics he employed against Andre Berto may not be as effective against Mayweather?
While everything Guerrero is saying could prove to be true, his comments are both revealing and motivational. Mayweather can easily hear that his next opponent feels he's beatable now that he's been incarcerated and that age has made him vulnerable.
Obviously, Guerrero is trying to sell and hype the fight, as well, but I wouldn't doubt that he truly believes these things to be true.
We can assume that Guerrero wouldn't like his chances to defeat Mayweather as much if Money were younger and not coming off a long layoff. But I worry about a fighter looking to pounce on prey that may not be as "ripe for the pickings" as he expects.
Perhaps Mayweather's greatest quality in his ability to adjust mid-fight. If Guerrero starts fast and looks to take control early, but Money still out-boxes him, will he then be able to adjust?
What is his Plan B, or does it even exist?
Mayweather's reluctance to respond to Guerrero is the smart way to approach the situation. He's allowing Guerrero to sell all the wolf tickets, and subsequently taking a different role in the fight hype procedures.
This time around, Mayweather is the quiet fighter seemingly content with doing his talking in the ring—or at least closer to the actual fight date. Even if Guerrero's assumptions are true, he could still be in for a battle he can't win.
If his talk of Money's demise is premature, the Ghost will eat his words.