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WBC welterweight title
Floyd Mayweather Jr 43(26)-0 vs. Robert Guerrero 31(18)-1-1
If you don’t know who Floyd Mayweather Jr. is then I’m going to assume you’re utterly new to boxing and have had minimal exposure to the sport. In which case, let me tell you that he’s the most famous athlete — period — in combat sports. He is also universally acknowledged as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.
There are other facts worth knowing about Mayweather. For one, he is 36-years-old and reaching the tail end of his career. Once a stunning speedster, Mayweather has visibly slowed down over the years, but that doesn’t matter much since he gets by more on skill than athleticism. That isn’t to say that Mayweather doesn’t train hard, but it is to say that as Mayweather’s body gets affected by wear and tear, he’s still able to dominate due to his deep knowledge of the sweet science.
Last year, Mayweather spent 90 days in jail. Due to his celebrity status, he spent a good portion of his time in solitary confinement. We don’t know how this experience will affect Mayweather — if at all.
As for Mayweather’s accomplishments in the ring, they are many. He’s held titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight divisions — that’s 5 weight classes in all. To put things into further perspective, Mayweather is 20-0 in title fights.
Mayweather has too many notable wins on his resume, so I’ll just list his most recent ones: Miguel Cotto, Victor Ortiz, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and the previously undefeated Ricky Hatton.
Now just who is Robert Guerrero? Obviously, he’s not as well known as Mayweather. In fact, he’s downright obscure. Still, he’s very much a legitimate contender. Like Mayweather, Guerrero is a multi-divisional world titlist. He’s held belts at featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight.
Last year, he did something impressive: he skipped the light welterweight division entirely, won the interim WBC welterweight title while Mayweather was in prison, then he defended it while beating up Andre Berto in the process. In doing so, he established himself as one of the best welterweights in the world.
There’s been some legal problems with Guerrero recently. While in New York to promote his fight with Mayweather, Guerrero declared — just as he was about to board a plane — that he was in possession of a gun. This resulted in his arrest as well as being charged with a felony. Guerrero is due in court after his fight. We have no idea how his legal problems are going to affect him.
Guerrero’s recent high profile wins have come over Andre Berto, Selcuk Aydin, Michael Katsidis, Vicente Escobedo, and Joel Casamayor. The only loss on his record is to Gamaliel Diaz, which was later avenged in a rematch.
Prediction: Mayweather by UD.
WBC featherweight title
Daniel Ponce De Leon 44(35)-4 vs. Abner Mares 25(13)-0-1
On the other card is another fight I’m looking forward to. Establishing himself as a force at bantamweight (even though he recently held a title at super bantamweight), Mares is moving up in weight and challenging a very legit titlist in Daniel Ponce De Leon.
Mares is known for being a dirty, nasty fighter who’s not afraid to foul to get the win. Yet, even though he often flouts the rules, there’s not doubt he’s got skills. At his best, Mares is an aggressive pressure fighter with great ring generalship who’s known to neutralize the most slippery of foes.
At bantamweight, Mares held the IBF, WBC, and IBO belts. He moved up to super bantamweight yet for some bizarre reason continued to fight only bantamweights, and held the WBC super bantamweight tile as a result.
Mares has recent victories over Anselmo Moreno, Eric Morel, Joseph Agbeko (x2), Vic Darchinyan, and Carlos Fulgencio. His lone draw is to Yonnhy Perez.
Ponce De Leon, for his part, is an aggressive puncher with power. He has a 73% KO ratio. Still his skills as a boxer shouldn’t be under-estimated. As a testament to his skill, Ponce De Leon arguably outboxed Adrien Broner and should have won by decision — but the judges ruled otherwise.
Even so, Ponce De Leon has held the WBO world title at super bantamweight, and currently holds the WBC featherweight title.
Since losing to Yuriorkis Gamboa, Ponce De Leon has been on a 3 fight win streak and is 4-2 in his last 6 fights. He has wins over Jhonny Gonzalez, Eduardo Lazcano, Omar Estrella, Sergio Manuel Medina, and Antonio Escalante. He has losses to Gamboa, Broner, Juan Manuel Lopez, and Celestino Caballero.
Prediction: Ponce De Leon by UD.
J’Leon Love 15(8)-0 vs. Gabriel Rosado 21(13)-6
Love is a noteworthy prospect, but I suspect this fight is just too much of a step up. He just hasn’t fought anyone to prepare him for Rosado. His only significant opponent on record is Derrick Findley. God bless Findley, but he’s more will than skill.
Rosado, on the other hand, has plenty of skill — and heart in spades. Last January, in a WBA and IBO title challenge, he gave Gennady Golovkin the hardest fight his had in eons. Rosado was stopped, but it was due to cuts. Golovkin couldn’t knock Rosado down, and Rosado managed to mix in his own hard shots.
He also has legit power. 3 of Rosado’s last 4 fights ended with him winning definitively by KO. Rosado has no problem whatsoever walking into punishment in order to end things quickly.
Looks at Rosado’s noteworthy wins of late: Charles Whittaker, Sechew Powell, Jesus Soto Karass, Ayi Bruce, and Saul Roman. All these fighters are respectable — and of a much higher quality than Love has faced.
Rosado has losses to Golovkin, Derek Ennis (by MD), Alfredo Angulo, Fernando Guerrero, Joshua Onyango, and Chris Gray.
Prediction: Rosado by KO9.