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Roger Mayweather Will Not Be In Floyd’s Corner, Replaced By Leonard Ellerbe?

Looks like Floyd Mayweather Jr. has decided to leave his uncle and head trainer Roger Mayweather out of his corner during the upcoming fight against Robert Guerrero, due to Roger’s health issues, and instead will have Leonard Ellerbe as part of the corner crew.

“I feel my dad, there are certain things he can see, because Roger, sometimes, when you have sugar diabetes, your vision gets bad. I can’t afford for somebody’s vision to be bad in a big fight like this,” stated Mayweather Jr.

It is definitely hard to disagree with Floyd’s thinking, as being in a world championship fight, you don’t want to take any chances. Despite Roger being a tremendous trainer, Diabetes and age must have him going downhill. If his vision is truly impacted, as it is in the majority of older people with Diabetes, than he is most definitely not the best person to give advice to Floyd in-between the rounds.

Floyd Sr. doesn’t agree with his son’s decision, but will do as he is told:

“I would’ve preferred something like that to be somebody who has fought. This is not a game where you play. You make sure the person knows what the hell they’re talking about. My son is running the show the way he wants to run it, it’s his show, and he can do that. As far as me, myself, there’s nothing I can say about it, but I don’t think it’s wise. I think the corner would be much better if he had my brother in there. Plus, if I fall out, he falls in,” reasoned Floyd Sr.

That is exactly what I was thinking: what would Leonard’s purpose be in the corner? He can’t serve as a cut man and he certainly isn’t fit to give any advice, so I guess putting cool water on Floyd’s head will be the limit of his responsibilities.

Ruben Guerrero on the other hand thinks that it’s Floyd Sr. who should be left out of the fight:

“That’s a big mistake, baby. When’s the last time he (Mayweather Sr.) won? Everybody got knocked out, right? He hasn’t won a fight. Roger, I respect him, he’s one of the best. Him (Floyd Sr.), he’s a clown. Roger’s the best trainer, baby. Roger should be the main guy,” suggested Robert’s father.

I’m sure that there are many different opinions on this topic, but I think that Roger not only deserves to be in his nephew’s corner, but will be of more value than Leonard Ellerbe.

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Will Mayweather Jr. Adjust To Guerrero’s Style?

When Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights anyone, one of the main questions the boxing fans discuss is how long will it take for Floyd to adjust and figure out a working strategy against his opponent.

There have been many rivals with dozens of strategies and ideas of how to beat Mayweather Jr., but thus far nothing seemed to work. So what will be different about Guerrero? Is his style different from all those others? What in Guerrero’s style could give Mayweather Jr. trouble?

Of all the possible things that are playing against Mayweather Jr. in his upcoming fight is his age, possibly, and nothing else.

Guerrero has heart and a lot of drive, but his bang-em style might be perfect for Floyd’s counter-punching expertise. Chasing down and cornering Mayweather Jr. simply doesn’t seem to work, as his shoulder roll defensive maneuvering is superb. The best way to beat Floyd is to catch him with a counter punch somewhere in the middle of the ring, kind of the way Mosley did when he fought Floyd. But a standing target is something that Mayweather Jr. is not.

Of course catching Floyd is no easy task, and it doesn’t seem that Guerrero is quick enough to do that consistently. Instead, Robert would have to go toe to toe with Floyd, knowing that he can punch at least just as hard, and can certainly take a punch, possibly better than Mayweather Jr. can.

Looking back at Floyd, he is not a fast starter, and takes some time in learning the way his opponents fights, looking for mistakes and repetitions. So how long do you think it will take for Mayweather Jr. to figure out Robert Guerrero? Or will it be Guerrero that comes with the right game plan and hands Mayweather Jr. his first “L”?

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Leonard Ellerbe: Floyd Mayweather vs. Amir Khan in the U.K. in 2014 Likely!

Apparently, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team are already talking about going overseas to the U.K. and doing a huge promotion and fighting Amir Khan.

In a recent interview with The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Box Nation, Leonard Ellerge talked about this idea, and had suggested that there is a very strong possibility of it happening.

“There’s definitely a very strong possibility that Floyd will fight in the U.K. We’ll see how this thing plays out, his focus is on Saturday night and then we’ll go from there. But we’re definitely going to bring a big, big event to the U.K. I’m talking with a couple of people now and they’re giving us some options, and Floyd will definitely be coming to theU.K.The U.K are his biggest and best fans. He has a tremendous love affair for the U.K fans,” said Ellerbe.

I don’t know about you, but if they are actually able to make to organize an event against Khan on Amir’s turf, it will be the biggest payday in Mayweather’s career. Not only would the arena hold a colossal amount of people paying much higher prices for the seats, but the PPV buys from the U.K. and U.S.A. would be extraordinary.

Of course as Ellerbe stated, they are not looking past Guerrero, or are they?

 

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Mayweather Jr.: “This Is The Longest I Have Trained For Any Fight”

“On May 4th I am going to go out there, be ready and hopefully he is ready too. This is the longest I have trained for any fight, so it should be a great night. I am going to dish it out against Robert Guerrero on this one. I am going to be the Mayweather that is active. I have young guys who are really pushing me in the gym for this fight. Sure I have bad days in the gym, but I don’t have bad fight nights, bad paydays,” stated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a recent interview.

Is this really the longest camp he has ever had? Is it because he feels that the time off has really did its damage this time around?

I am not necessarily sure that an active Mayweather Jr. is a good idea for this fight. Floyd is known for his speed and maneuverability, not much for his knockout power. Guerrero can take a punch and can give one back. Aside from that, Robert’s stamina is in question, as well as his ability to move about the ring.

If Floyd fights the way he is used to, with quick in-and-outs and counterpunching, this should be one of the easiest fights of his career. Guerrero will not be able to successfully chase him down or cut off the ring.

Of course many people are curious whether time off as well as his incarceration experience took a toll on his boxing abilities, thus Floyd has a statement to make in his upcoming bout. He has to not only win, but has to do it with a bang (preferably a knockout). He has to show that he is still the fastest and smartest fighter in boxing, and that it’s still worth buying his fights.

Robert Guerrero is also coming to show the world that he is an absolute best, and his opportunity in fighting Mayweather Jr. is by far the best way to do it.

What started off as a fight that most people hoped would not come to fruition, is turning out to sound better and better as the days close in.

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