Boxing fans have grown accustomed to seeing Floyd “Money” Mayweather talk the talk and walk the walk. He’s walked away from all 43 of his professional fights with his gloves in the air and a familiar look of confidence on his face.
As long as Money keeps winning, people will keep shelling it out to watch him fight. And on May 4, fans will be treated to a May Day bout against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero that may answer some questions about how long Mayweather can keep doing what he’s done his entire career.
Guerrero is a huge underdog in this fight, but there’s a reason Mayweather continues to find opponents willing to go toe to toe with him and it’s not just the money. Everyone wants his shot at taking down the best fighter on the planet.
The 30-year-old Guerrero is next in line, but he’ll have his work cut out for him. Can he become the first fighter to beat Mayweather, or will he join the group of failed challengers as loser No. 44? We’ll find out, but he too will have some questions to answer in this bout.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest concerns facing both fighters as they prepare for May Day and a showdown that has the potential to make history.
|Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr.||Full Name||Robert Joseph Guerrero|
|145-147 pounds||Weight||145-147 pounds|
Can The Ghost Make Them Count?
Mayweather is one of the best all-around fighters to ever lace up the gloves, but he does lack in the power department. However, he makes up for his lack of elite power-punching ability with incredible speed and defensive prowess—not to mention boxing intelligence that may be unmatched by anyone in the sport.
Guerrero brings to the table superior aggressiveness and power. The Ghost earned his 31-1-1 record by throwing every shot imaginable at his opponents, and he did it regularly.
But will that work against Mayweather?
If history is any indication, the answer is a resounding “no.” Mayweather has taken his share of punishment in the ring, but his defense and counterpunching skills are top-notch. Opponents who get overly aggressive often end up face down on the mat as a result.
For Guerrero to win, he needs to create the perfect storm of aggression and cautiousness. One wrong move and Money will give referee Joe Cortez a reason to practice his counting skills.
Will This be the Beginning of the End?
At 36, Mayweather can’t expect to retain his elite quickness for much longer. He’s shown little sign of slowing in previous fights (save for a few stumbles against Miguel Cotto last year), but Money also hasn’t fought in a year and missed a couple of important training months courtesy of a stint behind bars.
No one will expect Father Time to put his stamp on Money until it actually happens, but rest assured—it will happen at some point.
Even if Mayweather cruises past Guerrero (as most expect to be the case), he’ll still be faced with questions of his age, especially with a slate of ambitious young fighters lining up to take their shot at the pound-for-pound kingpin. Without an absolutely dominant performance on May 4, questions will continue to arise as to how long Mayweather can keep doing what he has always done.
What Makes Guerrero Different?
Forty-three challengers have given it their best shot, and 43 challengers have left the ring empty-handed. Mayweather’s dominance in the sport is unmatched by any fighter of his generation.
So what makes Guerrero different from anyone Money has already seen?
Apart from being a southpaw (something that Money has struggled with at times in the past), there’s nothing that sets Guerrero apart from any other fighter to go toe to toe with Mayweather. He just doesn’t do any one thing well enough to cause major concern for the five-division champ.
The Ghost has age, power and aggression on his side, but none of those attributes has slowed Mayweather in the past. And with the longest training camp of his career almost in the books (pictures of which he tweets regularly), you can count on Money being well-prepared with a strong game plan in mind.
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For Guerrero to put the first blemish on Mayweather’s record, he’ll have to go a step above what he has always done. There’s just nothing that sets him apart from the crowd.
We may see a shocking outcome in this fight, but the odds are stacked in favor of a Mayweather victory. Guerrero has to fight like a special boxer to upend Money, and that's unlikely to happen.