Now that we can officially put to bed the debate surrounding the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, we can now look forward to the return of the unquestioned top dog in the sport: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Money May is set to step between the ropes for the first time in a year when he takes on Robert Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As expected, the pound-for-pound king is a prohibitive favorite against Guerrero, who despite his lack of name recall, is a tidy 31-1-1 in his career with 18 knockouts to show for his efforts. But make no mistake, Vegas books aren’t giving The Ghost much of a chance against Pretty Boy, listing the latter at 1/10 odds to chalk up yet another ‘W’ to his undefeated record. On the flip side, Guerrero has been listed as a 7/1 underdog, a surprisingly low line could be a sign that nobody should be taking this kid lightly. A draw is at 33/1.
In the past year, Floyd has made more headlines for his penchant of posting his betting slips on Instagram so it’s a relief that we can finally see him back in the boxing ring where he belongs.
The fight is billed as a title fight with Mayweather’s WBC welterweight title on the line, but as with recent Mayweather, belts don’t mean a whole lot in the bigger scheme of things. People will be drawn in to the fight not because there’s some hardware on the line, hardware that seems to have been rendered irrelevant when it comes to Floyd, but because of the possibility, slim as it is, of him actually losing.
We like Guerrero and he’s proven to be a solid fighter and he put his name on the map with a lopsided beatdown of Andre Berto, but he’s nowhere near the class of Floyd Mayweather Jr. At best, he can probably go the distance against Money May, but don’t expect him to win a lot of rounds.
Expect more odds to be made by Vegas books leading up to the fight on May 4. Putting money on Floyd to win is only profitable if you have huge sums of money and even then you’re risking a whole lot for a marginal pay day. So consider the upcoming prop bets that will undoubtedly be offered in this fight. At least those have some value to them. Or you can just close your eyes and hope that Robert Guerrero lands that same shocking right hand Juan Manuel Marquez threw that completely flattened Manny Pacquiao.
In any case, a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is always a spectacle. And even if he’s fighting someone who isn’t a household name, we’re still going to expect a whole lot of fireworks come May 4.