Victor Ortiz vs. Robert Guerrero: Early Odds, Live Stream Schedule, Predictions

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2021

Robert Guerrero is seen during a WBC welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Before Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas step into the ring on Saturday night, Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero will have the opportunity to spark some late-career momentum at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

The two former world champions will serve as the penultimate matchup of the evening. While both have been exciting championships fighters in their primes both have been rather inactive recently. 

Guerrero (38 years old) will be making his first appearance since September 2019 when he took a unanimous decision over Gerald Thomas. Ortiz (34 years old) might be a bit younger but he's been even less active. We haven't seen him fight since February when he fought Devon Alexander to a majority draw. 

Pacquiao vs. Ugas is the main attraction but Guerrero and Diaz are a much tighter matchup and the difference is reflected in the odds. Here's a look at how Vegas looks at the fight along with the schedule for the evening and a prediction fo the top undercard fight. 

Fight Info

Date: Saturday, August 21

Time: 9 p.m. ET

Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Live Stream: Fox Sports PPV

Odds: Guerrero (-152; bet $152 to win $100); Ortiz (+120; $100 bet wins $120)

Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

The oddsmakers are giving a slight edge to the elder Guerrero to win the fight. The Ghost made a name for himself for the run he made in the early 2010's. He captured the interim WBC welterweight crown with a win over Selcuk Aydin. 

That lead to a title defense against Andre Berto. Guerrero beat Berto via unanimous decision which then set up the biggest fight of his career against Floyd Mayweather

Guerrero's caution to the wind style made for an interesting bout with Money, but like most people, he came up well short. 

Losing to Mayweather is something both fighters have in common. In 2011, Ortiz also defeated Andre Berto in a WBC title fight. 

That lead to a fourth-round controversial TKO loss to Mayweather. 

Given both fighters rise up the rankings came at similar times it's surprising their paths did not cross. Guerrero acknowledged that in talking with Dan Rafael of RingTV. 

“Back then this was one of those main event pay-per-view fights,” Guerrero said. “Me and Victor were both hot at the same time and doing a lot in boxing. But as I say, better late then never, right?”

Ortiz is also excited to be getting a crack against someone he could have fought many years ago. 

“Robert Guerrero is a legend who I’ve always admired. I look forward to competing against him and giving fans the toe-to-toe battle they’re expecting. I’ve had a great camp and I’m so excited to be part of this enormous event," he said, per Boxing Scene

Both men have reputations as brawlers. They have both relied on their power in different fights throughout the years to give them the edge. However, Guerrero has been training to get back to his roots as a classic, traditional boxer. 

“My career at the lighter weights I was a boxer-puncher, stayed behind the jab, working, slipping (punches), on my toes,” he said, per Rafael. “The higher (in weight) I got I just wanted to slug and slug and slug and try to walk the big guys down, but that only gets you so far at that world class level, especially when you’re a little guy coming up."

Deciding to not only come back from retirement at his age but also to get back in the gym and try to modify his style are signs that Guerrero is taking this fight seriously. 

Ortiz will look to make this a brawl but it's not in Guerrero's best interest to fall into that trap. If he can establish the jab, incorporate his movement and pick his spots when he's willing to trade punches he could build a sizeable lead on the scorecards. 

Prediction: Guerrero via decision (97-93)

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