By Julius Stecker: Boxing has always been the one sport that has separated itself from all others. There is a reason why you will have a boxing movie every 4 or 5 up for an Academy Award. Why do people still love Rocky? Why did people care about Micky Ward? Why do people still talk about Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson? The reasons are not because of jabs, left hooks, hand speed, and or defense. The explanations for this are boxing provides us with the ultimate life metaphor.
It grants us with the underdog and the survival stories, it gives us the drama of one of one combat, and it provides for the individual who participates in it a legacy to remember and possible great financial reward. May 4th will give us all of this and more. We will have a prohibitive underdog in Robert the Ghost Guerrero. Guerrero’s personal family struggle with the scourge of cancer will not leave a dry eye in the building, once the world finds out what they had to go through to get this opportunity.
It will have perhaps the greatest prize fighter (Floyd Mayweather Jr.) of the last 25 years involved. He will be attempting to continue on his stellar legacy and once again send another challenger back to where he came, while keeping his undefeated record. The event could have the best undercard match-up of the last decade. Canelo Alvarez, perhaps boxing’s brightest young budding star, will possibly be taking on boxing’s most underrated champion Austin Trout in a Jr. Middleweight unification bout.
There will be those out there who will say this card isn’t worth the probable $70 price tag. There will be those who will say Mayweather will walk through Guerrero with ease. And there will be those who say boxing is a dying sport. But once May 4th is finished boxing will have won the day. The world will soon learn about the struggle and Casey and Robert Guerrero’s fight against cancer. The world will soon find out if Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still the skilled and dominant champ he was before his stint in jail last year.
The world will soon find out if Robert Guerrero is good enough to be in the same ring with Mayweather, and if he is great enough to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the last decade. And the world will soon find out if boxing can still put on a good fight card from top to bottom. So in the end Boxing wins. It will win the way it always has won. It will win because of its drama, it will win because of its stories, and it will win because of its legacy.