With a record of 43-0, Floyd Mayweather is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing today and one of the greatest of all time. Even if Robert Guerrero is able to match Mayweather physically on May 4, he is bound to get caught up in Mayweather's unmistakable aura.
For all the tools that Mayweather possesses as a fighter, his undefeated record may very well be his biggest weapon. If Mayweather defeats Guerrero on Saturday as most pundits expect there is no question that his quickness, evasiveness and in-ring savvy will play a role.
Does Mayweather have a mental edge over Guerrero?
At the same time, Mayweather already has a major competitive advantage heading into the fight. Guerrero has an impressive 31-1-1 record in his own right, but the fact that nobody has ever beaten Mayweather gives "Money" a mental edge. He has faced many of the best fighters in the business and very few of them have even come close to knocking him off.
Guerrero's most recent victory over Andre Berto was unquestionably the biggest of his career, but that doesn't even come close to measuring up to a bout with Mayweather. In Mayweather's case, however, he has beaten the likes of Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Arturo Gatti and countless other legends. Guerrero knows that and it has to have some sort of effect on him.
Mayweather enters every fight knowing that he is going to win, and even if Guerrero says that he has the same mentality there has to be some doubt in his mind. It's human nature to have doubt when entering a difficult situation and it is blatantly obvious that a fight with Mayweather is the most challenging bout of Guerrero's career by a wide margin.
Guerrero could have all the confidence in the world prior to the fight, but things change once the bell rings. It's impossible to know how fast and defensively gifted Mayweather is by watching him on film. The only way to find out for sure is to step into the ring with him. Everyone who has fought Mayweather before Guerrero has been dazzled by Mayweather's ability.
It's quite possible that Guerrero and his team have a grand plan to take down Mayweather, but that plan means nothing unless "The Ghost" executes it. Mayweather has a tendency to force changes in such plans as he is capable of adapting to any style. Guerrero will learn that on Saturday and he'll have to adjust just as quickly as Mayweather.
Mayweather hasn't been quite as vocal before this fight as he usually is, and that is a sign of maturity. It's also a sign that Mayweather knows that his body of work can do much of the talking for him. Mayweather doesn't need to tout his victories and his overall greatness because Guerrero is well aware and is likely to psych himself out anyway.
Even so, Mayweather has found ways to take subtle jabs at Guerrero in hopes that he'll gain an even bigger mental advantage. Mayweather has utilized Twitter, and while he hasn't mentioned Guerrero by name, he has cleverly announced his intention to defeat his opponent.
Mayweather posted a Ghostbusters logo, which relevant since Guerrero's nickname is "The Ghost." Mayweather also posted that he was listening to the Ghostbusters theme song, so it's obvious that his confidence hasn't wavered.
5 days until May Day [pic] — rock.li/p/102174— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) April 29, 2013
There will come a time during Saturday's fight when Guerrero faces adversity. Every opponent before him has been unable to overcome that adversity, so history is not on Guerrero's side. If Guerrero is somehow able to forget who he's fighting and focus on himself then perhaps he has a chance, but that is much easier said than done against Mayweather.
While anything can happen in boxing, it's quite likely that this fight has already been decided. No fight has ever been too big for Mayweather, and this fight is unquestionably Guerrero's biggest. Not only will Mayweather outclass Guerrero in the ring, but his aura and everything that goes along with it will put "Money" in the driver's seat from the second the bell rings.
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