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Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights to stay perfect

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Floyd Mayweather Credit: Floyd Mayweather (Getty Images)

The world’s top pound-for-pound pugilist is back in action Saturday night as Floyd Mayweather takes on Robert Guerrero with the WBC and The Ring welterweight belts up for grabs at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The polarizing Mayweather has yet to taste defeat in his career, much to the dismay of his detractors of which there are many. He’s brash, and he’s been embroiled in legal troubles — he served 87 days in jail last year for domestic abuse and had to pay the IRS $5.6 million in back taxes in 2009. His style isn’t the most crowd-pleasing every time out.

But Mayweather’s record in the ring speaks for itself. Since returning from a premature retirement in 2009, the 36-year-old has earned unanimous decisions against elite fighters Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto. He also knocked out Victor Ortiz in a strange finish two years ago.

And there’s a good chance Mayweather will add Guerrero to his list of conquests and run his record to 44-0. He’s a technician of the highest order. He’s not one to bully his opponent — leave that tactic to Guerrero — but he’s going to land a good percentage of his punches and his defensive style will keep him relatively competitive early before fully taking control of the action in the later rounds.

Even as Mayweather slows down, there’s no reason to think Guerrero is going to shock the world this weekend. All three judges will see it for Mayweather.

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