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On May 4th, Floyd Mayweather comes back to the ring as he faces Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. On the surface, Mayweather is the bigger fighter, Mayweather is the quicker fighter and Mayweather had never lost a fight so can Guerrero win? Guerrero began his career as a slick boxer but as he moved up in weight, he has become a brawler; willing to go toe to toe. In his last bout against Andre Berto, he chose to turn the fight into a street alley fight as oppose to box the quicker hand Berto. Fighting inside neutralize Berto’s speed and he managed to knock Berto down twice while winning a brutal fight.
Mayweather is the favored but the two fighters who gave Mayweather the toughest fights was Miguel Cotto and Jose Luis Castillo, who pressured Mayweather while forcing Mayweather to exert himself. De La Hoya had success when he jabbed Mayweather before losing a close decision. Mayweather is a defensive wizardry but pressure fighters can give him problems. At the age of 36 years old, Mayweather eventually has to show some effect of his age and Guerrero is the younger fighter. Can he pressured the older Mayweather and will Mayweather slow down enough for Guerrero to pull off a big upset? This should be a Mayweather win but Guerrero does have a chance simply because Mayweather is attempting to out run Father Time.
On April 13th, Nonito Donaire faces former great Cuban Amateur star in Guillermo Rigondeaux in a battle of super bantam weights. Donaire is now becoming the Philippine latest superstar as his fellow Philippine fighter Manny Pacquiao looks like a fighter on his downside. Rigondeaux has only fought 11 professional fights but with 400 amateur bouts, he has the experience to compete with the elites of his division. At the age of 32, Rigondeaux has spent his early career on the fast track and will give the slugging Donaire a good fight. This is an intriguing matchup with a power puncher versus a slick boxer with power.
In the heavyweight division, former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham faces 6’9”giant undefeated Tyson Fury in Fury first bout in United States on April 20th. Cunningham has been in many of big fights and for Fury, this is his first big fight outside Britain. How good is Fury and can Cunningham use his boxing style to produce an upset? If Fury wins the fight, this could put him on track for a Heavyweight title shot and of course, that means a date with one of the Klitschko’s brothers.
Another big battle that same weekend will be the slick boxer Austin Trout versus the hard punching Saul Alvarez. Alvarez will be the favorite but Trout victory over the hard punching Miguel Cotto shows that Trout is a legitimate threat to put a defeat on the undefeated Alvarez. Trout victory over Cotto was impressive as he out boxed the veteran Cotto, who has been in his share of big fights. Trout victory over Cotto is far more impressive than any victory Alvarez has on his record.
On April 27th, Undefeated Danny Garcia faces the veteran Zab Judah in a major junior welterweight title fight. Garcia biggest victory was over the over the hill Erik Morales and Amir Khan in a knockout victory upset. Judah has fought the best in the junior welterweight and welterweight division and at age 36, he is still a dangerous fighter. While Judah is past his prime, he still has the tools to upset Garcia, a tough and gritty fighter. While many view this as a Garcia victory, Judah may pull off a surprise. This is not an easy fight for Garcia.
And a super double header occurs May 18th. Devon Alexander put his welterweight title at risk against the undefeated Keli Brooks for Alexander IBF welterweight. And Lamont Peterson puts his IBF junior welterweight division against Lucas Matthysee, who was last seen knocking out Mike Dallas, Jr. There is a belief that Matthysee may be the best in the division and his two losses were close controversial losses to Judah and Devon Alexander. A victory by Matthysee will put him in line for a bout with the winner of the Judah-Garcia fight.
Finally on April 27th, Sergio Martinez fights in his home country Argentina against undefeated Martin Murray for what is the world recognized Middleweight title. Martinez is the big favorite but at age of 38, when does Martinez start showing his age?