Al Bernstein predicts tough fight for Floyd, unsure on Pacquiao v Marquez 5
Respect analyst Al Bernstein has given his expert opinion to WBN on the upcoming battle between pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero, along with his view on whether Manny Pacquiao will be granted another bout with rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
Bernstein, who commentates for Mayweather’s new network Showtime, sees the 43-0 fighter as the obvious favourite as always on May 4 in Las Vegas, but says Guerrero could become the first to overhaul ‘Money’ if he gets his tactics right next month
“Robert Guerrero’s chances will be determined by how well he handles Mayweather when Floyd is on the ropes,” Bernstein told World Boxing News.
“Robert was able to mug Berto there, landing good punches, but also bullying him physically. Some thought with some extracurricular activity.
“Mayweather now often fights off the ropes and he’s very effective at it. Guerrero is a tough out for Mayweather and he does have a chance to win, but like everyone else, is an underdog to Floyd.”
Another big fight that is much-talked about in 2013 is the possibility of Pacquiao facing Marquez again in September or October, with Bernstein sceptical as to whether a fifth fight goes ahead.
Marquez scored a jaw-dropping knockout victory of the formerly invincible Filipino to avenge what the Mexican saw as two bad judging decisions in the past, although Bernstein says the last fight will have no bearing on the next…if it can be agreed at all.”
“I am not sure if Pacquiao v Marquez 5 happens,” said Bernstein. “I know they are exploring all options for both Manny and JMM, but If they do fight again, I think it’s still a 50-50 fight like all the rest – despite the KO last time out.”