Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. will have his hands full with Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero on Saturday night, but I predict he will emerge victorious. After a year-long absence from the ring, the 36-year-old pound-for-pound champion has a significant challenge before him.
Guerrero is hungry and capable of pulling off one of the biggest wins in boxing history. I say "wins" and not upset, because even though Mayweather is undefeated and favored, per OddsShark.com, his age and inactivity wouldn't make a loss that shocking.
Also, Guerrero is no tomato can. Fans should be prepared to see Money pushed similar to the way he was against Miguel Cotto in May 2012.
The Ghost is going to pressure Mayweather, but Money's saving grace will be his in-ring intelligence. It has always been the quality he could rely on more than any of his physical gifts.
That is likely what has many picking Money to remain undefeated.
Money thinks on his feet and possesses the ability to adjust mid-fight. Few fighters have that in their arsenal. While Guerrero may have his moments—especially early on—Mayweather will do what it takes to win.
Expect to see the uppercut become a major weapon for Money around the fourth round. As he begins to land the punch with some regularity, he will create space to operate.
Once he has created the space, he will be able to use his quickness, instincts and punching accuracy to pot shot Guerrero from the outside.
Though Mayweather is obviously at his best in space, one of the most underrated aspects of his game is his strength on the inside. Guerrero was able to bully Andre Berto against the ropes and in close quarters.
He will not have the same success against Mayweather.
Money is strong enough to hold his ground upon initial contact and savvy enough to employ lateral movement to create different angles.
I don't see the fight ending in a KO. A stoppage from cuts is possible, but Guerrero has demonstrated against both Berto and Selcuk Aydin that he has a solid chin.
Instead, Mayweather will win a hard-fought unanimous decision to remain the undisputed king of the sport.
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