PREVIEW OF THE MAYWEATHER-GUERRERO UNDERCARD
By Rob Soucy
From Top to Bottom, May 4th Pay-Per-View Card Well Worth It's Hefty Price Tag
On May 4th, Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) returns against Robert Guerrero (31-1, 18 KO's) in what should be an entertaining fight. Golden Boy Promotion along with Mayweather Promotions have put together an undercard for the pay-per-view boradcast designed to attract even more fans. The chief support is a WBC feathwerweight championship fight Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) defending against Abner Mares, who vacated a 122-pound title to move up in weight. Mares has an untypically entertaining style for a pure boxer while Ponce De Leon is almost always in exciting fights.
Mares, (25-0, 13 KOs) has not scored a knockout victory in over three years and will need to outbox Ponce DeLeon to take the championship. He should be comfortable at the four-pounds higher weight but his lack of substantial punching power will allow Ponce De Leon to come forward without hesitation. Mares isn't afraid of losing, which could have him engaging more than one would expect. My prediction is that this fight could emerge as a fight-of-the-year candidate.
Ponce De Leon believes that he has an advantage being the natural featherweight and predicts that Mares will have a problem handling his power. To be successful he will need to pressure Mares throughout and bang his body early and often.
Also on the pay-per-view broadcast, J'Leon Love (15-0, 8 KO's) will face Gabriel Rosado. Love is increasing his level of competition tenfold because Rosado (21-6, 13 KO's) is a huge step up over his previous 15 opponents. Saying that Love has been moved carefully is an understatement as his opponents' combined record to date is just 82-98. However, Love is a talented young fighter and is ready for a tougher test.
Rosado has a huge edge in experience at a high level. Despite fighting at junior middleweight his entire career, Rosado stepped up to the plate without hesitation to challenge the feared Gennady Golovkin for the WBA middleweight title. Rosado was overmatched in losing to Golovkin but did not back down and was never off his feet despite a bloody beating. At 27, Rosado is in his prime and looks forward to the opportunity to give Love his first loss.
The last fight on the televised card features exciting Leo Santa Cruz who on veteran Venezuelan power puncher Alexander Munoz (36-4, 28 KOs). Santa Cruz (23-0-1, 13 KOs) is a punching machine, and this bout will probably serve as a showcase for Santa Cruz, but Munoz believes his experience will be the difference andhe has at least a puncher's chance.
From top to bottom the televised portion of this fight card is stacked with four quality fights, especially Ponce De Leon vs. mares, which I believe is about as good a title fight as can be made in the lower weight divisions right now. Love-Rosado is a very intriguing matchup that could go either way. And any time Floyd Mayweather laces 'em up it's an event by itself.
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