'Unbeatable' Mayweather ready to be a ghostbuster
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0) looks to take his winning tally to 44 when he faces Robert Guerrero (31-1-1) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas live on BoxNation.
For Mayweather it is the same story going into the fight, he's still the consensus best fighter in the world, his opponent his a considerable underdog and he's still the premier pay-per-view attraction in the sport. However if a year out of the ring and two months in prison really have accelerated the aging process for Mayweather, he may indeed be more vulnerable then ever before.
If our eyes were not deceiving us during his last fight against Miguel Cotto, and the Money man's legs really are moving fractionally slower, then we could see this master of the defensive arts being hit more often than is customary.
But if Robert Guerrero, who calls himself the Ghost, really had a hammer in his hand, then the odds would be significantly shorter then the 10-1 on offer in the Las Vegas casinos.
It is hard to believe that Guerrero will be the man to end the most cherished unbeaten record in boxing, given he has moved up in weight and class, he has been obliged to go the distance in his last six fights.
Guerrero did win them all and it was the beating he adminstered in his most recent, last November, which secured him his tilt at the Money.
Andre Berto was expected to add a second loss to Guerrero's career record but he was floored twice on his way to a bloody 12-round defeat.
Also, Guerrero has won six world titles in four weight divisions. That is highly respectable if not as impressive as the resume of Mayweather, whose WBC and Ring magazine belts are on the line here.
Mayweather shrugged off claims by Guerrero that his inactivity would have any impact on his performance and repeated his conviction that he is one of the best fighters in the history of the sport.
Mayweather said "I feel unbeatable, I'm not going into a fight thinking I'm beatable. I'm in this sport to go down as the best and to do what I feel capable of doing. If that's the way (for Guerrero) to build his confidence, to get himself mentally prepared, then more power to him. But I'm in tip-top shape. I've been in the gym working hard. You don't get to the pinnacle by not facing the best and fighting the best competition. I beat everyone in the 90s and I beat everyone in the 2000s and here I still am 17 years later.
My main focus is to win. I focus on winning and I'm always going to control the tempo of any fight because of my experience."
Guerrero insists he is ready to cause the upset. "I'm excited and I've worked hard for this," he said. "I've worked hard to be in this position. I'm ready. I've had the right fights to be here. I've been built up the right way. You've got to be ready to do everything."
The chief support sees talented Abner Mares (25-0-1) moving up to featherweight, having relinquished his super bantam crown, against puncher Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4) for the WBC strap.