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Mayweather ready for Guerrero
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. returns to the boxing ring exactly one year following his exciting 12-round clash with Miguel Cotto to face a different kind of challenge in interim WBC welterweight champion, Robert Guerrero.
“May-Day: MAYWEATHER vs. GUERRERO,” live from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV will be the first fight under the six-fight, 30-month contract Mayweather signed with SHOWTIME earlier this year.
Mayweather is the best fighter in the world, No. 1. Mayweather has competed at the highest level of the sport for many years against some of boxing’s best from 130, 135, 140, 147, and 154 pounds. Mayweatheer has earned the privilege of picking and choosing his opposition and on Saturday, in front of a world-wide SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View audience, Mayweather will put on another terrific performance.
“Obviously, Robert Guerrero has done something right to get here,” Mayweather said.” He’s the best out there. I’ve pushed myself to the limit. I’ve done all I can do to be the best I can be.”
Mayweather is right in the fact that Guerrero did something right to stand opposite Floyd. Guerrero is a world champion in multiple weight divisions. Guerrero, who has only one professional loss dating back to many years, has been on a steady climb toward a fight with Floyd. Mayweather works with Golden Boy Promotions, who finds fights for Floyd. In recent years, all of Mayweather’s victories were against Golden Boy-promoted fighters. This allows the fighters in Golden Boy’s stable to boost their resume by fighting one another. Guerrero, like Mayweather, slashed through any fighter Golden Boy put in front of him.
In Guerrero’s recent stint, he moved up two weight classes from 135 to 147 to defeat a solid puncher in Selcuk Aydin and punish former two-time welterweight champion Ander Berto. Guerrero is young, fresh, and has a lot of experience. His southpaw style makes his fights fun and interesting to watch.
Guerrero’s devotion to his wife Casey through her ordeal with cancer, having vacated a world title and a much needed purse just to be by his wife’s ailing side is a story within itself.
The cancer is long gone, as Guerrero has worked hard to remain focused and raise his game to another level. However, although Guerrero will be ijn the best shape of his life and is prepared to fight the best fight of his life in the biggest bout of his career, he simply isn’t on Mayweather’s level in terms of skill.
The closest Mayweather came to losing a professional fight was the night he fought Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Oscar De La Hoya. In what was a terrific fight between two great, great fighters, De La Hoya controlled the fight behind an eager left-jab. However, De La Hoya abandoned his jab and became a bit reckless; allowing Mayweather to counter and outbox De La Hoya.
Mayweather won, via split-decision.
The first Jose Luis Castillo battle was also a headache for Floyd. Castillo constantly pressured Mayweather and lost a very close decision. Mayweather made the necessary adjustments and coasted in the rematch.
There were many, many nights when Mayweather was virtually untouchable inside that boxing ring. Angel Manfredy, Arturo Gatti, Victor Ortiz, Ricky Hatton, the late Diego Corrales, Genaro Hernandez, and Juan Manuel Marquez were all wonderful fighters with different skills. The difference was Mayweather made them all look ordinary.
Mayweather is going to make Guerrero, a wonderful personality with a tremendous heart, and a great fighting spirit, look ordinary.
Remaining tickets for “MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero” are still available for purchase with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.