COMMENTARY | The big event in May, of course, is Floyd Mayweather's pay-per-view showdown with Robert Guerrero. Love him or hate him, it can't be denied that "Money" is boxing's cash cow right now and the single biggest economic driving force in the sport today.
Outside of the Mayweather-Guerrero PPV, the rest of the month looks solid with three or four bouts that could have Fight of the Year potential and the return of two veterans with careers going very much in the opposite direction.
Here's a look at May's ten "must see" bouts:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs) vs. Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs)
Will "The Ghost" be the one to finally topple "Money" from his pedestal? All signs point to "no," but the tough challenger from Gilroy, California is sure to put forth an awesome effort in his debut on boxing's biggest and brightest main stage.
Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs)
On the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard, Mares will be moving up from junior featherweight to take on his biggest, strongest opponent to date. WBC featherweight champ, Ponce de Leon is as tough as they come, parlaying two heavy hands and a blue collar work ethic into an outstanding career.
J'Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) vs. Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs)
Also on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard, 25-year-old middleweight prospect, Love, takes his first step up in class against the tough and determined Rosado. Don't let the record or his bloody loss to Gennady Golovkin fool you-Philadelphia's Rosado is a vastly improved boxer with a hardcore fighter's mentality.
Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) vs. Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs)
The defending IBF, WBO, WBA heavyweight champ, Klitschko, should roll right over his undefeated Italian challenger. The real intrigue in this bout will be in seeing how he does it and, after the fight, who he will single out as next in line.
Denis Lebedev (25-1, 19 KOs) vs. Guillermo Jones (38-3-2, 30 KOs)
This one has been a long time in the making as Russia's Lebedev finally gets a shot at beating the man who held the WBA cruiserweight title before him. The inactive Jones had his WBA belt (finally) stripped from him and given to Lebedev and will be looking to reclaim it from a truly hungry foe.
Edgar Sosa (48-7, 29 KOs) vs. Giovani Segura (29-2-1, 25 KOs)
This all-Mexican flyweight battle promises to deliver blood, war, and destruction in a bite-sized portion. The heavy-handed Segura desperately needs a big win to get back into the title picture while the veteran, Sosa, may be just one big win away from another shot at the belt.
Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KOs) vs. Pablo Cesar Cano (26-2-1, 20 KOs)
Yes, Mosley is a mere shadow of his former self and Cano is hardly a giant-killer, but this bout is worth watching if only for curiosity's sake. Can the 41-year-old Mosley manage to put on an impressive performance against an earnest, but seemingly outgunned younger challenger like Cano?
Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) vs. Lucas Martin Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs)
Barring some weird accident or unexpected change in ring styles, this one has Fight of the Year potential written all over it. The dogged determination of Peterson will meet the heavy-handed aggression of Matthysse in a battle of wills for a shot at junior welterweight dominance.
Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) vs. Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs)
This blockbuster Canadian bout will feature, arguably, the two most popular fighters in Canada in a clash for light heavyweight relevance. Both fighters are not too far removed from embarrassing losses and a win is a definite must.
Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs) vs. Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs)
Their first fight was a memorable battle and there's no reason to believe that this rematch won't pick up right where the other one left off. However, unlike their first encounter in 2010, Froch will come into this bout as the well-regarded favorite against a Kessler who may or may not be on the downside of a solid career.
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