Staples Center, Los Angeles, Jan. 23
By Peter Lim
Numerous blood-and-gut wars have taken their toll on both fighters and neither has looked as sharp or hungry as they were in their recent heydays. Perhaps it's a matter of them needing quality, high-profile opponents to ignite the fire in their bellies. But while Garcia has remained sturdy albeit unspectacular in recent bouts, Guerrero looked like a shot fighter in the gift of his split decision win over light-punching Aaron Martinez seven months ago.
Even if Guerrero can somehow recapture his past form that delivered signature victories over Andre Berto and Michael Katsidis, he nevertheless still falls short of pulling off a minor upset against Garcia. A more composite and multi-dimensional fighter, Garcia makes the better, more prudent mid-fight adjustments of the two to win a comfortable-to-lopsided decision.
Just what I needed; a spot-on prediction after a horrific three-fight losing streak.
Guerrero has a very specific skill set but once you figure it out, he lacks the ability to adjust or modify his game plan.