This Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, two of the Top 10 pound for pound fighters in world boxing square off to decide the WBC Welterweight world crown in a fight that has a lot of boxing fans intrigued.
This will be Guerrero’s third fight in this weight class after campaigning at featherweight and lightweight for a majority of his career. Those who have said he wouldn’t handle such a jump in weight class have been proven wrong, including myself. Guerrero has defeated Selcuk Aydin and destroyed the naturally bigger Andre Berto at 147. What surprised most in the Berto fight, was the ease in which he handled Berto in close and out muscled him on the ropes. The ability to get inside to take away Berto’s edge in speed and agility won him the fight.
Guerrero has said recently that the same tactics that were adopted against Berto, were going to be employed in this fight. You probably think that, logically, it makes sense to. To a certain point it does.
It wasn’t that long ago ago that comparisons were being made between Berto and Guerrero’s next opponent, undefeated pound for pound king, Floyd Mayweather. Both have speed and have agility, but there is one thing that distinguishes the difference in class between the two, defense.
This is exactly what will win Mayweather the fight. Mayweather is far too good a fighter to even let Guerrero in that close. Berto hadn’t the necessary defensive skill to keep Guerrero away from him. Mayweather is a whole different story. Similar tactics have been used in the past by guys such as De La Hoya, Cotto, Ortiz and Marquez. With the exception of Ortiz, and with all due respect to Guerrero, the other three are better fighters and failed to stop Mayweather.
If they couldn’t do it, I can’t see Guerrero doing it either. I am looking for Floyd to catch Guerrero coming in and either hurting him badly or knocking him out. Unfortunately for “The Ghost”, as brave and gallant as he is, Floyd just has too many weapons and ring smarts to get the job done.
On the undercard is another blockbuster between the supremely talented Abner Mares and Daniel Ponce De Leon for the WBC Featherweight world crown as well as the promising J’Leon Love taking on Gabriel Rosado for the vacant NABF middleweight title.