It’s not often for me that a fight preview has to be written on the night of the weigh-in, although on this occasion I feel the need to on witnessing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero hitting the scales in Las Vegas.
The two seasoned multi-weight champions, who both had no problem making weight, had contrasting demeanours as both went through the pre-fight formalities tonight and some could argue that the intensity was more evolved on the side of the challenger.
WBC title holder Mayweather, who at 36 has been there and bought the T-shirt franchise, looked decidedly subdued throughout the process and may well be a product of his 87 day incarceration as the pound for pound king seems a more matured human being.
The usual brash exterior of Mayweather was not on show and even when the staredown threatened to spill out of hand, ‘Money’ kept right on chewing and let Guerrero have the upper hand at what will be their final meet before fight time.
It makes me think that Mayweather could have a plan with his low-key attitude – as immediately after they split apart, Guerrero began the macho fist-pumps and barks to the crowd, which could be Floyd’s way of luring the ‘Ghost’ into a false sense of security.
The whole event has only served to reiterate my original stance that Mayweather will want to put a marker down on his return and clarify that his 30-month contract with Showtime is to begin with a huge bang tomorrow night at the MGM Grand.
Granted that 30 year-old Guerrero has played his part in proceedings and will come again, but I just feel that a knockout victory is on the cards for Mayweather as boxing’s best rises from the ashes on the back of his darkest year to date.
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