Mayweather vs. Guerrero: Keys to Each Fighter Gaining Upper Hand in Rivalry

Michael DulkaContributor IMay 1, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts after the end of the 12th round against Miguel Cotto during their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Robert Guerrero is the latest challenger trying to bring an end to Floyd Mayweather's undefeated run. The pair will fight Saturday in an intense bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 

While Mayweather might still be the king of boxing, don't expect this to be an easy fight. Guerrero is fully capable of being the first man to strike a tally in Mayweather's loss column. This fight is capable of ending in a split decision just as much as either fighter delivering a knockout blow. 

If you aren't already hyped up for this fight, just check out the preview:

Now let's take a look at the keys for each fighter to gain the advantage. 


Keys for Floyd Mayweather

Stay Patient

After a year away from the ring, Mayweather could very well come out of the gates slowly. It might take him into the second round before he fully gets his feet under him. Therefore, it's crucial that Mayweather stay focused and maintain it throughout the fight. Having fought last in November, Guerrero will be ready to go with a strong rhythm. 

By staying patient and reading Guerrero's approach, Mayweather has a great chance to figure out a plan of attack. In previous fights, the defensive Mayweather has proven he can keep patience and wait for his opportunities to exploit his opponent's plan. 


Take Advantage of Aggressiveness

While staying patient is the first key for Mayweather, taking advantage is the second. Guerrero's fighting style is fairly aggressive, and it's shown in his recent matchups. While he's been able to come out victorious, Guerrero has taken a beating at the hands of those opponents. Mayweather needs to take advantage of Guerrero being over-aggressive.

Guerrero will open himself up to punches, and Mayweather needs to punish him. The more patient Mayweather is, the more frustrated it will make Guerrero and lead to mistakes. Expect Mayweather to make a big push starting in the middle rounds. 


Keys for Robert Guerrero

Quick Start

As previously mentioned, Mayweather might come out a little bit rusty following the trials of the last year. If that's the case, Guerrero needs to come out quickly and punish Mayweather early on. He has to figure that all the time it takes Mayweather to get going is a head-start for him. 

It has to be assumed that the 36-year-old Mayweather is entering this fight with good conditioning. Without any nagging injuries, Mayweather should be prepared for the long run. This being his third fight in the last 10 months, Guerrero can't let fatigue be a factor. 


Be Smart, Stay Focused

Through 43 fights, nobody has been able to figure out Mayweather to the point of taking him down. Guerrero can't expect to figure out Mayweather all at once. He needs to stay focused, be smart with his attacks and adjust on the fly. This isn't the same quick powerhouse that once was Mayweather. 

While Mayweather will likely take a while to figure him out, Guerrero has to do the same. He won't win his fight by strictly attacking whenever he wants. Guerrero needs to stay patient and attack when the opportunity presents itself.