In the main-event of Showtime PPV Boxing, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26 knockouts) took on Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 knockouts) in his return bout after a year-long layoff. As the promotion of the bout began, questions arose concerning everything from Mayweather’s age, to Guerrero’s aggression, and even to the fighters’ fathers. After months of hype and promotion however, the largest question came to be, “Can Robert Guerrero be the first many to defeat Mayweather?” As was proved Saturday night, the answer to that question was a resounding, “NO!”.
At the start of the 12-round welterweight bout, things were looking interesting. Guerrero had managed to get himself inside of Floyd’s defense, and managed to rough up the champion. Guerrero came forward throwing multiple shots, followed up by one big punch, and Mayweather simply responded with his trademark head movement or a clinch. To some, this may have come off as the signs of a frustrated fighter. To those familiar with Mayweather however, it was obvious that he was slowly getting a sense of Guerrero’s timing, and as soon as round 3 began the fight took a much less competitive turn.
From round 4 on, it was nothing short of the Mayweather show. Mayweather would effectively defend himself from any of Guerrero’s fairly predictable flurries while responding with his own lunging right hand. It’s this kind of vicious pattern that led to increasing frustration amongst Guerrero and his corner, which in turn made the night easier and easier for the crafty veteran, Mayweather. As was mentioned earlier, this fight was outright dominated for the remaining rounds by Mayweather, with round 7 being the only other round since the first three that Guerrero managed to implement any effective offense.
This thorough dominance was no doubt even felt by the crowd as countless “Boo’s” and chant’s of “Boo-ring!” could be heard during the broadcast. Regardless of what one thought of the fight, there’s no ignoring the fact that Team Mayweather came up with the perfect gameplan to stifle the hyper-aggressive offense of Guerrero. The judges scorecards only reinforced just how lopsided the victory was. The judges had unanimously scored it (117-111) for Mayweather.
During his post-fight interview, Mayweather revealed (to no surprise) that he had injured his right hand at some point during the fight. With increasing talk of him potentially facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 knockouts), it will be interesting to see if this effects the match-up actually coming to fruition. Until then however, all we could do appreciate what has been another thoroughly dominant Mayweather performance.