School Was Out: Mayweather The Teacher, Guerrero The Student


117-111, 117-111, one. seventeen. one. eleven. Across the board. If you have not watched the fight then just by reading those scores you would already know what kind of fight it was. A complete display of superior boxing ability, and an utter shut down of his opponents. We’re not surprised.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. did it again in Las Vegas. The undisputed pound 4 pound king shined on the Cinco de Mayo weekend with another 12 round boxing lesson. The student: Robert Guerrero.

Coming into the fight, the question wasn’t if Guerrero had what it takes to win. The question was: Has Mayweather slowed down enough to lose? No. Proving me wrong. Although, I didn’t pick ‘The Ghost’ to win, I did feel that he would’ve made Mayweather dig deep to pull out another victory. It was quite the contrary.

The first quarter of the fight it started off a bit tentative. Both fighters trying to gauge distance to find a rhythm. When Robert Guerrero tried to apply the pressure I thought he would, he was met with straight rights for his troubles. And when he did find himself on the inside he was tied up and shut down as the ref came in to split them up. The straight right hand in the first three rounds foreshadowed what the story was going to be for the remainder of the fight.

By the end of round 3, Money May began to show the absent footwork that many of us thought was on permitted suspension. Using that movement to began the next quarter of the fight. Rounds 4, 5, and 6, were all Mayweather. You saw Floyd on his toes, shooting a torpedo-like right hands at every opportunity without hesitation. Robert Guerrero had no answers. When Guerrero found himself corning Mayweather, he simply was not effective. Guerrero just couldn’t find Mayweather to land any kind of telling blows, showing us who the true ‘Ghost’ was in there.

Entering the second half of the fight, Guerrero finally had a round you could possible give to him: The seventh. Mayweather spent the majority of the round on the ropes while Guerrero worked the body trying to get some kind of offense going. With nothing being fired back from Floyd to contest the round, you had no choice but to give to Robert. Though, whatever confidence could have grown inside Guerrero coming off that round was quickly stunted by May in next two. By mixing up his offense, Floyd Mayweather found success in a variety of blows. Lean left uppercuts, straight rights to the body, right uppercut counters, and the same looping right hook shown in the Cotto fight were all finding their targets resulting in cutting Guerrero on his left eye. The fight was getting tough for him now.

The final stretch of the match, it was clear Robert Guerrero needed a knock out to win. What was even clearer was that, that wasn’t going to happen. Mayweather continued his boxing lesson, never breaking his concentration. Embarrassing and reducing Guerrero to just taking the shots. Credit to Robert, he kept trying. Picking up the pressure trying to find answers but the only answer we found and the lesson of the day was: pressure is not the key to beat Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr.

Ding Ding Schools out.