When Floyd “Money” Mayweather (43-0) squares off against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1) on May 4 at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas, the undefeated champion will be in a lose-lose situation.
While there is no questioning that Mayweather is the favorite leading into this bout—current betting line has Money at -800 and Guerrero at +500 (Bovada)—the fact that the odds are stacked so high against The Ghost is a bad sign for Mayweather.
Guerrero is a solid fighter that has earned his way to this point of his career fighting relative unknowns. Besides a unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto in his previous bout, The Ghost has failed to fight any serious contenders.
That lack of elite experience in big fights leads to the questions about why Mayweather would take a matchup like this. Not only is Money expected to win handily, the fact that almost everyone is expecting him to dominate should show that the undefeated star took on a fight too easy for his talent level.
The problem is that it won’t be easy, though.
Guerrero knows that this could be his one chance at glory in the boxing world, and while Mayweather can’t gain anymore notoriety or respect with a victory, The Ghost could etch his name in the history books forever if he stunned the world and walked away victorious.
Mayweather spoke to EastCoastBoxing.com during media workouts about why he wanted to fight Guerrero and the danger when the odds are so heavily in his favor:
I want a fighter to come in confident. We don’t want the odds to be crazy, but the odds will always be crazy because I’ve proven myself over the years. But we want a fighter like Robert Guerrero who’s confident and believes in his skills. Only thing that we [The Money Team] can do is push me to the limit and take me to that next level. That’s what it’s about…Now he got the fight with me. The game plan is to go out there, be smart and get the victory the best way I know how, continue to give the fans what they want to see, work hard and set record-breaking numbers.
Mayweather still has supreme confidence in his skills and will almost certainly walk away victorious, but most experts feel Guerrero doesn’t pose a legitimate threat the way fighters Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya and others did in Money’s previous fights.
While Mayweather and his team will claim that this is a marquee bout on its own, this feels like a warm-up fight that knocks the rust off after Money’s stay in prison.
Does Floyd Mayweather benefit from fighting Robert Guerrero?
There is no doubt that a victory over Guerrero would likely lead to a huge fall matchup against a real star in the boxing world (Canelo Alvarez is a name the Mayweather camp must consider), but that doesn’t change the lack of a challenge that will be presented by The Ghost.
This May 4 bout on paper looks like Mayweather taking the easy way out.
When boxing fans look back on this fight, many will think about whom Mayweather was dodging by taking on Guerrero instead of thinking about how well Money performed against The Ghost.
Even if Mayweather walks away victorious, few boxing fans will view him as a better fighter or as more of a legend; It’s a lose-lose situation.