Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero landed the fight of his life when he signed on for a May 4 bout against Floyd “Money” Mayweather. It’s nearly time to find out if the risk was worth the reward.
Guerrero (31-1-1) is an excellent fighter, but he’s never faced an opponent quite like Money. Mayweather (43-0) doesn’t need an introduction—there simply isn’t a better fighter on the planet.
The pound-for-pound champion is expected to dispatch Guerrero in typical fashion, but there wouldn’t be a reason to fight if the underdog never came out on top. Given Guerrero’s aggressiveness and power, there’s a good chance we might see some fireworks on Saturday night.
Let’s take a look at what the experts are saying about the May Day bout and break down the nuts and bolts of one of the best fights of the year.
|Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr.||Full Name||Robert Joseph Guerrero|
|145-147 pounds||Weight||145-147 pounds|
Ponce De Leon (via Dan Rafael of ESPN): WBC Featherweight Champion
I think Robert Guerrero can win if he fights the same way he fought Andre Berto, pressing the action like Jose Luis Castillo did against Floyd Mayweather. However, Mayweather is a great fighter and so difficult because his style, but I think Guerrero will win.
De Leon’s opinion doesn’t exactly mesh with popular opinion, but he has a point. Guerrero was extremely aggressive in his victory over Berto last November, showing the versatility to keep opponents on their toes and unable to capitalize on minor mistakes.
Given the Ghost’s ability to throw a lot of different punches with a blend of power and finesse, Mayweather shouldn’t the textbook dismantling he has grown accustomed to in his 43-fight professional career—though there’s a reason Mayweather is an overwhelming favorite in this fight.
Nonito Donaire Jr.: Four-Division Champion
Nonito Donaire @filipinoflash
World Champion Nonito Donaire on Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero vs. Floyd Mayweather http://t.co/7deukIKuZa2013-3-9 17:44:26
“He challenged him. ‘Fight me inside.’ If Mayweather can do that, then it’s going to be all Robert.”
So much has been made of Guerrero’s southpaw stance and how Mayweather will handle a look that has given him trouble in the past. While there may be something to that reasoning, it’s far more likely that aggression, age and Money’s quickness will play bigger roles in how May Day plays out.
I believe Mayweather wins because he is bigger, stronger and faster. He is also more technically sound and durable and has way more experience. That being said, outside of Manny and Sergio, I cannot think of a fighter who can give him a serious challenge right now. Robert Guerrero is as good as anyone else as far as deserving an opportunity.
Margueles hit the nail on the head with his take on this fight. Mayweather is a substantial favorite for a reason, and his blend of speed, boxing acumen and defensive prowess will likely result in win No. 44 for the pound-for-pound kingpin.
But as Margueles also stated, Guerrero won’t be an easy challenger. He has the resume to back up his inclusion in this fight, and it will be a big opportunity for the 30-year-old to take his career to a new level.
Kieran Mulvaney: ESPN (via ESPN.com)
Guerrero will make this a fight. He will hit Floyd Mayweather everywhere he can and be as aggressive as he can. That'll leave Mayweather hurting afterward, and will make it close on the cards. But it will also eventually play into Mayweather's hands, as he turns Guerrero's aggression against him to stop him with a succession of counterpunches in around the 10th.
Mulvaney touched on one of the most important aspects of this fight. While Guerrero’s aggressiveness will cause some problems for Mayweather on May 4, it will also give Money an opportunity to take advantage of mistakes.
Mayweather is the best defensive fighter in the world and his patience in waiting for his opponents to make mistakes is unmatched. Given his counterpunching ability and Guerrero’s tendency to fight out of control at times, there’s a good chance Mayweather catches him in the later rounds and makes the Ghost pay.