It may not be particularly bold to assert that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs) will defeat Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) on May 4 to defend his WBC Welterweight title and obtain The Ring's welterweight championship belt.
However, there are plenty of red flags that could make things more difficult than usual for Money May in this bout. Despite all the adversity he will be facing after a hiatus that included a stint in prison, Mayweather will find a way to improve to 44-0 for his illustrious career.
But that doesn't mean it will be easy. Guerrero's southpaw stance is going to pose problems as it is because of its unconventionality.
Adjusting to that from the start will be a challenge, as Mayweather will likely want to get his feel back and kick off the rust he'll likely have in the ring in such a high-stakes bout.
That could lend itself to Guerrero coming out aggressive and attacking, getting in a few strong punches and grabbing the early advantage in Round 1.
From there, though, the technical prowess of the 36-year-old Mayweather will begin to surface once again. That should result in squaring things up over the course of the next three minutes. Although Guerrero is talented and throws a heavy hook, he will get overzealous in the third round, which will play right into Mayweather's hands.
That is the point in the fight when Mayweather will take control. As fantastic as he is in terms of getting into his opponents' heads psychologically, too, that will only cause Guerrero to press even more.
Even several months ago in their first encounter on Showtime, it was clear that Guerrero was frazzled as Mayweather got up in his face and began trash talking at very close proximity. Guerrero insisted he was unfazed, but the damage looked to have already been done.
The jabbing may get under Guerrero's skin, but he's packed some punch with words as well, implying that history will be made and that he will get the better of Mayweather this coming Saturday:
Robert Guerrero @GHOSTBOXING
May 4th @SHOsports #MayDay cant come soon enough!! History will be made! Q2013-4-21 04:48:36
Guerrero went into more detail about how he feels he matches up with Mayweather, per ESPN's Dan Rafael:
[Mayweather is] definitely ripe for the picking. He's been out for a year. It does take a toll with that ring rust. I've experienced it...It does take a toll on you.
I think it's perfect timing (to be fighting Mayweather now), but you can't let that carry you through the day because Floyd Mayweather is a very sharp fighter, and even though he was in jail, and he was out (of the ring) for a year, the guy is in incredible shape and he's going to be ready, and I've got to be ready for him.
Mayweather isn't in a position where he'll be able to dominate Guerrero to the point of toying with him, but the strategy of taking punishment and easing his way into the fight will kindle the fire Guerrero has to knock off the unbeaten living legend.
So it may be a fast start for The Ghost, but after a while, his skills will disappear as Mayweather gets settled.
Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel and Casino will once again play host to a Mayweather triumph, as he'll eventually wear down his powerful opponent to notch a unanimous decision in 12 rounds.