Boxing

Mayweather vs. Guerrero: Bold Predictions for Highly-Anticipated May 4 Bout

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 17: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out at the Mayweather Boxing Club on April 17, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero for the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013.  (Photo by Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 30, 2013

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will extend his run of boxing perfection in a fight that winds up being far more entertaining than many anticipate. 

Robert Guerrero doesn't carry a lot of name power and his resume is fairly light, but he is an accomplished and talented former champion who has lost just one fight in his 33 professional outings.

He will offer up decent competition for "Money" in a fight that proves to be worth our viewing time. Here is how I see it playing out. 

 

Money Will Look Unbeatable Early

Money is going to come out in this fight itching to put on a show. After all, I'm sure this is a moment he often dreamed about while serving time in the Clark County Detention Center. 

Floyd will return directly into the center of the national spotlight, exactly where he likes to be. And for all his wild quotes and flashy style, Money has always been a hard worker and will make sure he is prepared for his return to the stage, which of course, is something he also wants us to know

Mayweather won't be content to let this fight get off to a slow start. He will draw Guerrero in, flash his stellar defense and look for every opportunity to hurt his opponent with counter attacks. He will find great success and take control of the fight, but he won't be able to end it. 

 

Guerrero Will Have Success in Mid Rounds

Guerrero has spent the majority of his career fighting as a featherweight, but he has shown he can handle the power that comes with moving up in weight class. 

He put this on full display his last time in the ring as he withstood a brutal battle with Andre Berto. Guerrero is a tough boxer, and he won't be an easy out. He will withstand an early flourish from Money, and then actually find some success in the mid rounds as Money settles in and realizes Guerrero won't go away.

I expect Money to go to the ropes for a big portion of this fight to utilize his subtle and evasive defense and look for counter punches. Ultimately, this will help carry him to victory, but it will get him in a bit of trouble.

Guerrero is a physical fighter and he knows how to attack an opponent on the ropes; that's where he dealt the bulk of his damage to Berto.

Now, obviously, this is going to be a much more difficult task with Money, but Guerrero will still get in a few quality shots and score some solid rounds.  

 

Money Will Win via Unanimous Decision

Those few quality rounds will not be enough to carry Guerrero to victory.

After spending the early portion of this fight with Mayweather putting on a clinic and then working hard to try to earn a knockout as Floyd relies on the ropes, Guerrero will exhaust himself, and it will only be harder to hit Money as the fight wears on. 

As this fight progresses, Guerrero will get increasingly desperate to land big shots, and Money will pick him apart. 

This fight will go the distance, but it will be clear that a unanimous decision for Mayweather is the only rightful outcome. 

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