Floyd “Money” Mayweather successfully defended his WBC Welterweight title by scoring a lopsided decision victory over challenged Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on Saturday Night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judges Jerry Roth, Julie Lederman, and Duane Ford all scored the bout 117-111. I scored the bout 118-110. With the win, Mayweather is now a perfect 44-0 with 26 KOs. Guerrero fell to 31-2-1 with 18 KOs.
For Mayweather, it was another masterful performance by the best boxer in the world today. Guerrero was supposed to bring a stern challenge to Mayweather. After years of asking and positioning himself for the fight, Guerrero entered the bout with extreme confidence. Fresh off his victory over Andre Berto, Guerrero looked primed to bring an aggressive, high punch output, rough house style that would test the 36 year old champion. Guerrero sported advantages in age and size and fights out of the southpaw stance which figured to give Mayweather some trouble. Instead, Mayweather made this fight look like a walk in the park.
For the first two rounds, Mayweather fought flat footed as he and Guerrero adjusted to what one another was bringing to the ring. In the third round, Mayweather began to move laterally and started to find a home for his lead right hand. Guerrero continued to try to find a home for any number of different attacks, but Mayweather’s defense was superb. As the bout continued, Mayweather landed more and more. Guerrero was game, but clearly outmatched. In the eighth round, Mayweather opened up a cut over the left eye of Guerrero adding blood to the beating that was already taking place. In the end, it was pure domination by Mayweather. The only rounds I scored for Guerrero were because Mayweather essentially took a break and did not throw as much.
Aside from some of the above mentioned advantages, many who thought Guerrero could pull the upset pointed to the rate at which Mayweather was hit in his last bout against Miguel Cotto. Mayweather’s defense was much improved compared to that May 2012 unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto. Some of that is thanks to the return of Floyd Mayweather Sr. to his son’s corner. Mayweather’s defense was on point.
Mayweather’s punching was extremely accurate. I don’t always buy into CompuBox punch stats because they are not always correct and usually don’t always tell the full story of the fight. However, I will mention that CompuBox had Mayweather landing 60% of his power shots. Correct or not, it was obvious to the naked eye that Mayweather was landing at will on Guerrero in dominating fashion. Mayweather could not miss with his straight right hand. He landed it over and over again. As the bout progressed, Mayweather mixed in left and right hooks that also continually found the target.
It was another dominating performance for boxing’s pound for pound king. Fighters with Mayweather’s mix of skills, speed, technique, and boxing IQ don’t come around often. I appreciate every chance I get to see boxing at it’s finest.