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Mayweather vs. Guerrero 2013: Which Fighter Has the Edge in Major Bout?

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 17: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out at the Mayweather Boxing Club on April 17, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero for the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013.  (Photo by Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 4, 2013

Floyd Mayweather (43-0) will take on Robert Guerrero (31-1-1) in an epic bout on May 4, 2013, scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

With the welterweight title on the line, we're no doubt set for a thrilling match that will surely see the best of both fighters on the night. However, there can only be one winner, and it will be fascinating to see whether Guerrero has what it takes to end Mayweather's impressive undefeated streak.

Both possess a brilliant skill set and have a proven history of success on the biggest stage. Yet which star has the edge heading into their major fight in Vegas?

The answer to that would have to be Money himself, Floyd Mayweather Jr..

Mayweather's incredible streak at 43-0 shows just how dominant he's been over the past decade or so in the sport, and just how switched on he gets when he steps into the ring. By the time his bout against Guerrero gets underway, he'll have gone 364 days without a fight to his name, which could leave some to suggest he might be rusty for this one—but it's hard to see that happening with Money.

He is a switched-on athlete who knows exactly what the world expects of him (and what he expects of himself) when he enters the ring, regardless of his opponent.

Mayweather has seen every style there is going around at the moment, and while every fighter's style is different to some extent, he'll have no troubles getting the better of Guerrero in this one and the tough, aggressive style that he'll try to impact here.

Guerrero is a former two-division titlist who has also won interim belts in two other weight classes—making him a very tough opponent for Mayweather.

There's no doubting that he has shown he can beat the best in the world, and he is deservedly ranked as the fifth-best welterweight in the world right now.

However, he just doesn't have the speed or the counterpunching talent needed to stop Money. He lacks the X-factor in his game that is seemingly needed to unlock one of the greatest fighters in the sport today, and he will struggle to stop the flow if Mayweather gets on a roll here.

Money's last fight against Miguel Cotto showed just how dominant he can be at his best, and it showed that he can emerge triumphant from a tough fight. And unless Guerrero has a hidden explosiveness we're yet to see from him, it's hard to see the result being any different here.

Mayweather has the edge—mentally, physically, historically—over Guerrero, and he will use that to post up the 44th win of his professional boxing career.

It might not be the dominant, fourth-round knockout from Mayweather like we saw two years ago against Victor Ortiz, but it will be a victory nonetheless—just like the last nine times he's entered the ring at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

 

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