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Experts' predictions for Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero

mayweather-vs-guerrero The undefeated Floyd Mayweather (left) is a heavy favorite against Robert Guerrero, who last lost in 2006. (AP)

SI.com’s boxing experts predict Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero (9 p.m. ET, SHOWTIME PPV). Share your prediction in the comments below.

CHRIS MANNIX

Boxing’s inimitable hype machine has worked overtime to pump up Guerrero, when the reality is this: He’s not on Mayweather’s level. No question, Guerrero earned this fight. He fought the fights no one wanted (see Aydin, Selcuk) he beat a legitimate former titleholder (Andre Berto) and he looked good in both. But think about critical physical attributes: Speed, power, defense. Mayweather has the edge in all of them. I think Guerrero gets hit early and often, and I think Mayweather’s underrated power finishes him off before the final bell. Mayweather by eighth round knockout.

BRYAN ARMEN GRAHAM

Throughout history, boxing's best-laid plans have been torpedoed spectacularly at the most unexpected times. Mayweather's six-fight contract with Showtime, which has been trumpeted as the richest individual athlete deal of all time, certainly falls under that header. Then you consider Floyd's advanced age (36), the documented history of fighters not being the same after prison, and the idea that no athlete -- however gifted -- is immune from the proverbial bad day at the office: whether it's a broken hand in the first round or the performance of a lifetime from an opponent. It's as if I'm more prone to pick nature, rather than Guerrero (a taller, primer two-division champion who is no walkover), to end Floyd's undefeated run. But in the end I must walk by sight and not by faith. Mayweather's legs aren't what they once were and he's been inactive, but he remains the most mentally agile fighter of his generation. Clear advantages in talent, experience, skill and ring intelligence will be enough to carry the day. Mayweather by majority decision.

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