Mayweather vs. Guerrero Fight Card: Full Breakdown of Tonight's Bouts
Finally, Floyd Mayweather returns to the ring in a highly anticipated match against Robert Guerrero. However, there are plenty of bouts to watch to keep you entertained before the main event.
While fans wait to see "Money" defend his welterweight title, the MGM Grand will host seven other fights that feature a wide range of talent. Some boxers are just starting their young careers, while others are defending their titles.
Either way, these matches are certain to provide plenty of excitement as fans prepare for the main event.
Here is a breakdown of each bout that will be featured on Showtime pay-per-view.
Lanell Bellows vs. Matt Garretson: Super Middleweight, Four Rounds
These two fighters are just getting started in their boxing careers, as the two have combined for only six professional fights. The good news is that neither of them have lost, although Lanell Bellows did finish with a draw against Roberto Yong.
However, Matt Garretson is yet to face anyone near the talent of Bellows and has not even left West Virginia for a bout. He should be in for a rude awakening against the strong fighter.
Prediction: Lanell Bellows via TKO
Ronald Gavril vs. Roberto Yong: Super Middleweight, Four Rounds
In the past couple of years, Roberto Yong has become a bit of a measuring stick for young fighters. He is constantly competing against boxers who have had success at lower levels, and he has shown only moderate success.
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However, experience will go a long way in this one. Ronald Gavril has three impressive victories to his credit, but the Romanian could struggle to adjust to the big stage as Yong's craftiness comes through.
Prediction: Roberto Yong via UD
Luis Arias vs. DonYil Livingston: Super Middleweight, Six Rounds
DonYil Livingston started off his career strong at 8-0-1, but he has since lost his last two fights to Elie Augustama and Paul Mendez. He is now looking to beat a fighter who is not only younger and quicker but also bigger.
Luis Arias has loads of potential, and he will take the next step in his career by dominating Livingston.
Prediction: Luis Arias via KO
Badou Jack vs. Michael Gbenga: Super Middleweight, Eight Rounds
Michael Gbenga is certainly an exciting boxer to watch. All of his 16 wins have come via knockout, although he has also lost seven times to more talented boxers.
Unfortunately, the record is not as good as it seems. His last nine victories have taken place in Ghana against competitors with zero career wins.
Badou Jack is good enough to avoid the big punches by Gbenga. He should move to 14-0 in his career.
Prediction: Badou Jack via TKO
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alexander Munoz: Super Bantamweight, 10 Rounds
There have not been many challenges, so far, for Leo Santa Cruz, who has already earned the IBF bantamweight title. He will now move up a weight class to try to win the USBA super bantamweight championship.
While Alexander Munoz has the experience, he has struggled of late, especially against younger fighters like Koki Komeda. This should leave an opening for the 24-year-old Santa Cruz to get the win.
Prediction: Leo Santa Cruz via KO
J'Leon Love vs. Gabriel Rosado: Middleweight, 10 Rounds
In this battle for the NABF middleweight title, the question will be how well Gabriel Rosado can recover from his last match. The Philadelphia native lost his chance to win the WBA and IBO middleweight titles when his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.
He still has a lot of talent, but the question remains about whether he will have the focus to compete a few months later.
J'Leon Love has not been the most exciting boxer, but at 15-0, he gets the job done. This run should continue on Saturday.
Prediction: J'Leon Love via unanimous decision
Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Abner Mares: Featherweight, 12 Rounds
The battle of champ against champ is certain to be an exciting one. Daniel Ponce de Leon will put his WBC featherweight title on the line against the man who last held the WBC super bantamweight title before changing divisions.
While Abner Mares has never lost, Ponce de Leon has shown that he could struggle against boxers with strong technique like Yuriorkis Gamboa and Adrien Broner. His opponent might not be at that level, but he is close.
A good approach will allow Mares to outwork his Mexican compatriot and leave with the title.
Prediction: Abner Mares via UD
Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero: Welterweight, 12 Rounds
Obviously, this is the bout that everyone wants to see. Floyd Mayweather has not competed since defeating Miguel Cotto on May 5 last year. There is certain to be some rust.
Robert Guerrero is also much more than a warmup act after accumulating a 31-1-1 record in his career. He has not lost since 2006. However, he also has not faced anyone near the caliber of Mayweather.
Although Money might start slowly in this one, his pure skill will win the day as he looks to dominant this fight until the end.
Prediction: Floyd Mayweather by UD
Note: All records courtesy of Boxrec.com.
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