After months of heated build-up, Floyd Mayweather (43-0) and Robert Guerrero (31-1-1) will finally meet in the ring on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Mayweather will be making his highly anticipated return to the ring after a near year-long absence that included a stint in prison. He earned a hard-fought decision win over Miguel Cotto his last time out and will be looking to continue his impressive career-long undefeated streak.
Guerrero will look to make his own legacy by becoming the first man to defeat Mayweather. He's showcased his skills against the likes of Andre Berto, but defeating Mayweather will be a daunting task.
Whether Mayweather puts on another brilliant performance or Guerrero shocks the world, this is a can't-miss affair for any fight fan.
Here's all the info you need to make sure you don't miss a thing on boxing's big night.
Will Mayweather's Layoff Hurt Him?
Those looking for a reason that Mayweather may not perform well on Saturday need only to look at the long layoff since his last fight.
A year outside of the ring can be difficult for anyone to handle. Throw in the rigors of prison and those issues can be exacerbated. It wouldn't be the biggest surprise in the world to see Mayweather get off to a slow start because of the ring rust.
On the flip side, he's been fighting less and less as his career goes on. He has only fought six times in the last seven years anyway.
Long layoffs are nothing new for Mayweather, but he is 36 now. How the layoff affects him will be a mystery until he gets in there and starts exchanging punches with Guerrero.
Can Guerrero Live Up To His Own Expectations?
The one advantage of being an underdog is that you have no expectations to live up to. Especially against a pound-for-pound stalwart like Mayweather.
No one expects Guerrero to win. He can go out and fight relaxed knowing that a loss is what everyone expects from him. That is, unless Guerrero creates expectations for himself—and that's exactly what he's done.
From tweeting that he's going to make history and ruin Mayweather's perfect record:
Robert Guerrero @GHOSTBOXING
May 4th @SHOsports #MayDay cant come soon enough!! History will be made! Q4/21/2013, 4:48:36 AM
Robert Guerrero @GHOSTBOXING
@FloydMayweather hope u liked working corners I'm gonna make it permanent pretty boy! The fans want it @shosports 70 days left buddy! #43-12/24/2013, 6:16:04 AM
To beating up a Floyd Mayweather pinata—Guerrero has shown his own version of swagger heading into this fight.
Now the only question that remains is whether or not Guerrero's confidence will help him shock the world. Earning the upset won't be easy. It would take a nearly flawless performance from The Ghost.
But that's why fights are fought in the ring. Guerrero could change the entire course of his career at any time in the fight, and that's why this is a must-see matchup.