It can certainly be argued that Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero is one of the biggest threats to Floyd Mayweather's unblemished record, but when the dust settles on May 4, "Money" will be a perfect 44-0 and he'll still be atop the boxing world.
When Mayweather steps into the ring on May 4, it will be his first fight in a year as he last defeated Miguel Cotto on May 5, 2012. Mayweather was the clear winner against Cotto, but the Puerto Rican star gave him all he could handle. That hasn't always been the case with Mayweather's opponents, so it isn't likely that he'll take Guerrero lightly.
Mayweather is also coming off a very trying time in his life. Mayweather was released from jail back in August after serving two months of a three-month sentence stemming from a misdemeanor domestic battery charge, according to ESPN.com. Mayweather has always been brash and cocky, and while that probably won't change any time soon, perhaps he is more focused now than ever before.
Athletes often say that competing is an escape for them when something terrible happens in their everyday lives. Mayweather's life has presumably returned to normalcy since the end of his jail term, but it will always hang over his head. The only way to put the entire situation behind him is to excel in the ring, which is what he has done for the past 17 years as a professional.
It's obvious that boxing has always been important to Mayweather as evidenced by his excellence, but he may very well be taking it more seriously now than he ever has. At the age of 36 it's only natural that he has matured to some degree, and spending time in jail has to have some type of effect on a person's psyche.
Mayweather has been noticeably quieter during the lead up to this fight. He certainly isn't lacking confidence, but he seems content with letting his fists do the talking. That hasn't always been the case, but Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of his generation and is arguably the best boxer in the sport right now, so there's really no need for trash talk at this point.
Guerrero is six years younger than Mayweather, so he probably feels good about his chances of hanging with Floyd, but Mayweather is a physical marvel. No matter how old he gets, it seems like Mayweather never drops off in speed, stamina, agility or punching power. He could conceivably hit the wall at any time, but there's no evidence of it happening yet.
Mayweather also has a weight class advantage over Guerrero as Guerrero has only had two welterweight bouts. Mayweather has had several and he is very comfortable jumping from class to class. Mayweather always goes where the money is, and he never struggles to adjust to a change in weight.
Guerrero has defeated Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto since transitioning from lightweight, so he seems to be handling things well, but he has never faced a fighter of Mayweather's caliber at the welterweight level. Guerrero may feel great about his chances now, but it's a totally different animal once he actually gets into the ring.
If Mayweather defeats Guerrero, will you consider him the best fighter in boxing?
Not only is Mayweather more comfortable as a welterweight, but he is quicker, better defensively and more capable of controlling the pace of the fight. It simply doesn't appear as though there is any way that Guerrero can beat Mayweather. He can try to empty the chamber early by going for the knockout, but Mayweather has an iron jaw and Guerrero will simply punch himself out.
At the same time, if Guerrero tries to win on the scorecards, he's fighting a losing battle. Mayweather excels in the latter stages of fights due to his elite conditioning. No matter how you slice it, Mayweather has the advantage against Guerrero and against essentially any opponent he can possibly face.
There are constantly guys who step up and say that they'll put an end to Mayweather's undefeated run, but nobody has been able to do it thus far. Guerrero is a supremely-talented fighter, but he'll be the latest in a long line of victims as Mayweather once again proves why he is the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.
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