By James Slater
Last night on Sky Sports’ weekly Ringside show, three British stars/former champions – in recent world middleweight title challenger Martin Murray, former European super-bantamweight champ Spencer Oliver and upcoming IBF bantamweight title challenger Jamie McDonnell – gave their pre-fight predictions on tomorrow’s big Floyd Mayweather Junior-Robert Guerrero fight in Las Vegas.
And, quite surprisingly, Oliver and Murray pick “The Ghost” to upset “Money May.”
“I think it will be close, but Guerrero out-hustles Mayweather, [with] his southpaw style,” said Oliver, these days a regular Sky Sports pundit. “Mayweather’s been inactive for 11-months and it’s all about timing. I feel styles makes fights and he’s picked the wrong opponent. I’m going for a Guerrero win.”
Martin Murray, who came so close to dethroning Sergio Martinez last Saturday, agrees.
“There’s just something about Guerrero,” Murray said. “I think he’s going to raise his game. If Guerrero doesn’t win, I think he’ll get robbed on points.”
McDonnell, who will face the unbeaten Julio Ceja for the vacant IBF bantamweight belt a week after Mayweather-Guerrero have settled their differences, is sticking with the reigning pound-for-pound king.
“My money’s definitely going on Mayweather,” Jamie said.
A number of other good judges seem to feel there is just ‘something’ about Guerrero, 31-1-1(18) and they also think he will upset the 43-0 master!