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Experts’ predictions for Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero

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The undefeated Floyd Mayweather (left) is a heavy favorite against Robert Guerrero, who last lost in 2006. (AP)

SI.com’s boxing experts predict Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero (9 p.m. ET, SHOWTIME PPV). Share your prediction in the comments below.

CHRIS MANNIX

Boxing’s inimitable hype machine has worked overtime to pump up Guerrero, when the reality is this: He’s not on Mayweather’s level. No question, Guerrero earned this fight. He fought the fights no one wanted (see Aydin, Selcuk) he beat a legitimate former titleholder (Andre Berto) and he looked good in both. But think about critical physical attributes: Speed, power, defense. Mayweather has the edge in all of them. I think Guerrero gets hit early and often, and I think Mayweather’s underrated power finishes him off before the final bell. Mayweather by eighth round knockout.

BRYAN ARMEN GRAHAM

Throughout history, boxing’s best-laid plans have been torpedoed spectacularly at the most unexpected times. Mayweather’s six-fight contract with Showtime, which has been trumpeted as the richest individual athlete deal of all time, certainly falls under that header. Then you consider Floyd’s advanced age (36), the documented history of fighters not being the same after prison, and the idea that no athlete — however gifted — is immune from the proverbial bad day at the office: whether it’s a broken hand in the first round or the performance of a lifetime from an opponent. It’s as if I’m more prone to pick nature, rather than Guerrero (a taller, primer two-division champion who is no walkover), to end Floyd’s undefeated run. But in the end I must walk by sight and not by faith. Mayweather’s legs aren’t what they once were and he’s been inactive, but he remains the most mentally agile fighter of his generation. Clear advantages in talent, experience, skill and ring intelligence will be enough to carry the day. Mayweather by majority decision.

  • Published On May 03, 2013
  • 5 comments
    LoTaylor
    LoTaylor

    Mayweather  will win the fight, because he is the most talented of the two fighters.  It never fails,  haters will hate on black fighters.  I remember when  Ali was heavtyweight champ   Michael spinks was litht heavy   Marvin Haggler was middle  champ,  Ray Leonard was welter   and  Aaron Pryor was jr.  welterweight  all black,  yet the critics still hated

    well    Go back and look at some of the hamburgers that you never criticized for not fighting  quality fighters like boom boom   manchini   what  a joke.

    opaque
    opaque

     @LoTaylor

     Hmm, an interesting, if somewhat revisionist and hateful, take on boxing history.  Yeah, every last thing written about those champions back in the day wasn't 100% accurate or fair.  So what, welcome to the real world on planet Earth.  Those guys all absorbed their share of criticism for various reasons both during and after their careers, some of it justified incidentally, but they're also amongst the most revered names in the history of the sport.  Not sure what you'd expect in terms of their legacies beyond that.  Ray "Boom Boom" Manicini was never criticized in your opinion?  lol  Whatever, I'm sure that would be news to him.  What's a joke is that grammatically your comment appears to have been composed by a ten-year-old when you're obviously middle-aged at the very least.  What can I say, learn to proofread before posting.  I'm a black man by the way, so don't bother pulling out your always handy race card in some lame attempt to defend yourself when what I've stated here is perfectly true.