COMMENTARY | The Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero results are in, and they proved that "Money" Mayweather's status as the pound for pound king in boxing remains unchanged and unquestionable. One year away from the ring, several months in prison and innumerable distractions have seemingly done nothing to detract from his craft within the squared circle.
Mayweather was in control from the start of his fight against Guerrero, and he never relinquished it. He actually continued to improve throughout the duration of the bout, demonstrating a level of control which was bordering on the absurd.
Guerrero was a game and active opponent, aggressively coming forward, staying focused and intent, and changing up his tactics throughout, always looking for an edge. Yet, Mayweather was able to remain calm, hands down by his waist, firing off counter shots and landing with his trademark precision.
He invited Guerrero to trap him in the corner, only to blast his way out. He stayed flat-footed in the pocket, allowing Guerrero to throw dangerous power shots, only to beautifully counter them in return.
Mayweather's best punch has always been his lead straight right hand. That's also the best punch to have in your arsenal against a southpaw. Mayweather began unleashing that weapon right from the start of the bout, never bothering to establish a jab or look for a left hook. His entire game plan centered on repeatedly throwing that straight right, and he landed it with ease.
By the end of the fight, Mayweather had connected on well more than 50% of his power shots, even as he eventually began nursing his oft-injured hand, which was apparently damaged somewhere during the course of the contest.
Guerrero did have his moments, and it did take Mayweather a few rounds to fully find his rhythm and his range, but the outcome was never much in question. All three judges scored the fight 117-111, a rare moment of agreement. I also scored the fight 117-111 while watching the fight live.
With the win, Mayweather improved to 44-0 with 26 knockouts, while Guerrero falls to 31-2-1, with 18 KO victories. Guerrero had not officially lost a fight in more than seven years, dating back to his time in the Featherweight division.
As for Mayweather's next fight, long since slotted in for September and assumed to be against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the victor wasn't ready to commit or make an announcement quite yet.
"We don't know who we're going to fight right now," Mayweather told Showtime's Jim Gray in his post-fight interview. Canelo is the obvious choice though, and anybody else would be not only a surprise, but a disappointment. Considering it's also the biggest money fight which can be made, it's also a lock to get done.
Guerrero, coming off defeat after climbing so far and so high to get this opportunity, remained confident and proud.
"He was barely slipping by the punches... he came out and did his thing," Guerrero told Gray. So was Mayweather better than he thought he would be? "A little better than I thought... he was on his game tonight," Guerrero acknowledged.
Of course, there's no shame in losing to Floyd Mayweather, and nobody has been able to reach a different verdict. Guerrero is still one of the best Welterweight fighters in the world, and after the exposure of this fight and his game performance he'll be in a better position to land more high profile matches in the future.
It's easy to get lost in Mayweather's lifestyle, his boasts and his ego. It's easy to be distracted by his obsession with money and cars. However, you have to realize that none of it would be possible if he wasn't such a supreme talent. Few men have ever accomplished the type of extended greatness and dominance in boxing that he has.
If you thought his reign was over, if you thought he showed signs of weakness or deterioration against Miguel Cotto, you were wrong. Mayweather is very much at the top of his game right now, and his cherished undefeated ledger remains intact.
Jake Emen runs the boxing news website ProBoxing-Fans.com, where you can find breaking news stories, interviews, rankings and more. You can also follow Jake and ProBoxing-Fans.com on Twitter, @ProBoxingFans.
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