Boxer Floyd Mayweather will return to the ring after a year's absence, risking his World Boxing Council welterweight title against Robert Guerrero.
Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather returns to the ring on Saturday after a year's absence that included a jail stint, risking his World Boxing Council welterweight title against southpaw Robert Guerrero.
Mayweather, 43-0 with 26 knockouts, went to jail last June for domestic violence and, since his release eight months ago, has worked to regain fitness to defend his place atop the list of boxing's money-makers.
"I feel unbeatable," Mayweather said. "I'm in tip-top condition. I'm in great shape. I have been working hard.
"I just call it a vacation. Sometimes the body needs time to heal. The body needs time to rejuvenate. The body needs time to rest."
But fellow American Guerrero - 31-1 with 18 knockouts and a 15-fight win streak dating back to 2005 - sees an opportunity to humble Mayweather by inflicting the first loss of the champion's career.
"Not just humble Floyd but humble the boxing world," Guerrero says of his mission.
"Some people think Floyd is a god with the way he lives, the way he spends money. Some people think he is unbeatable.
"That zero has to go. He's going to have his first loss."
And Guerrero thinks the layoff will have more of an impact on Mayweather than he will admit.
"Having that year off, you have that ring rust," Guerrero said. "It's going to take a little time to shake that ring rust off. Being a whole year's layoff, he's going to feel the punches more."
Mayweather plans on making "The Ghost" feel a few blows as well.
"He is a solid opponent. He talks a good game," Mayweather said. "Now we have to see if he can fight as well as he talks. He's more like a grappler, a wrestler, than a boxer."
Guerrero comes off a 12-round decision over Andre Berto last November and expects Mayweather to be formidable, ring rust or not.Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Robert Guerrero , Mayweather-Guerrero , Mayweather vs Guerrero