On Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather (43-0) will square off against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1) for the WBC and vacant The Ring Welterweight Championships.
This is a battle that many fans of the sport did not expect, but after beating Andre Berto in his previous fight, Guerrero has proven to the boxing community and The Money Team that he is a viable opponent.
While Mayweather will enter this fight heavily favored—Money comes in at -800 while The Ghost sits at +500 (h/t BoDog)—there is no doubt that Guerrero will not go down without a fight.
This is shaping up to be one of the best bouts of 2013.
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
When: Saturday, May 4 at 9 p.m. EST
Watch: Pay-Per-View for $59.99
Live Stream: Showtime Anytime
Featherweight Championship: Mexico Daniel Ponce de León vs. Mexico Abner Mares
Middleweight: United States J'Leon Love vs. United States Gabriel Rosado
Super Bantamweight: Mexico Léo Santa Cruz vs. Venezuela Alexander Muñoz
(Via ESPN’s Dan Rafael)
Mayweather's Keys to Victory
Floyd Mayweather comes into this fight as the pound-for-pound toughest man in boxing, a future Hall of Famer and an undefeated champion. But he will be focused solely on one man in this fight: Robert Guerrero.
While there is no questioning how much Mayweather talks before his fights—or even during the bouts—he has prided himself on being in the best shape possible, both physically and mentally, before these marquee bouts.
Add in the natural speed, raw quickness and underestimated power to one of the best work ethics in sports, and Mayweather is the total package.
Mayweather will likely see a more aggressive style from The Ghost, but while constantly counterpunching would be a bad position for most fighters, Money is just as dangerous from the ropes as he is pushing the tempo of the fight.
As long as Mayweather takes advantage of the mistakes that Guerrero makes and doesn’t take unnecessary chances, there is little doubt that Money will walk away victorious.
Guerrero's Keys to Victory
While Mayweather lives on his speed, Guerrero is a methodical fighter that has used a unique mixture of patience and power to get this far.
If The Ghost wants to win, though, he must fight like he did against Berto in his previous bout.
Instead of fighting flat-footed and waiting for shots to open up, Guerrero must attack Mayweather from the opening bell and not let up until the rounds are over. Mayweather is a great counterpuncher, but he showed in the Miguel Cotto fight that power can give him trouble.
It is normally a horrible idea to get in close against Mayweather and attack, but The Ghost has the power to make him pay for any openings he leaves.
The advantage is clearly in Money’s favor, but if Guerrero stays aggressive throughout the fight, he has the power and stamina to steal a victory.
Main Event Prediction
As much power as Guerrero possesses on the inside, Mayweather has an answer for all with effective counterpunches and elusiveness. Money will spend all the time he needs allowing The Ghost to attack and tire himself out.
After six rounds of non-stop attacks, Mayweather will be looking for the hands dropping away from his opponent's head and landing the devastating blows that can ultimately win him a decision or knock out Guerrero.
The Ghost will get his fair share chances to land shots on Money—Father Time is catching up with Mayweather—but as long as the undefeated champion doesn’t take too much damage while waiting Guerrero out, the fight will play right into his hands.
Mayweather will stay unblemished with a unanimous decision victory.