Despite an intense build-up with marketing that spanned print media, reality television programming, social media outreach and the like, it was all a foregone conclusion. Floyd Mayweather stayed undefeated against Robert Guerrero on Saturday night, earning 117-111 scorecards by all three judges at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMA Fighting scored the bout 120-108 for Mayweather.
Mayweather also retained his WBC welterweight title and moved his perfect record to 44-0 while Guerrero slid to 31-2-1.
Guerrero tried to make things interesting early. Mayweather opened the first few frames without much movement, either with his head or feet and Guerrero was able to score with counter shots of his own. However, as time went on, Mayweather was able to make adjustments to everything Guerrero could offer. By the final round, Guerrero was forced into pressing Mayweather against the ropes while he attacked the body in a failed attempt that was headed nowhere.
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The differences for Mayweather were obvious from the outset. The hand speed for the undefeated fighter allowed him to pepper Guerrero throughout the course of the bout with stiff straight shots and hooks. While Guerrero found some luck pressuring Mayweather against the ropes, he wasn't able to do much with it offensively.
According to the punch totals on the Showtime pay-per-view broadcast, Mayweather scored on 41 percent of his strikes overall, 195 out of 476. He also landed 60 percent of his power punches. Guerrero, by contrast, landed only 19 percent of his strikes, 113 out of 581.
"He's a true warrior," Mayweather said of Guerro after the bout. "I take my hat off to Robert Guerrero. It was blood, sweat and tears tonight. What else can I say?"
"Everybody was saying because I'm at the age of 36 that I didn't have it any more, that my defense wasn't sharp after the [Miguel] Cotto, but I've proven myself," he said.
In his post-fight interview with Showtime broadcaster Jim Gray, Mayweather noted he'd potentially hurt his hand, although it was a potent weapon through the majority of the fight. "I hurt my hand midway through the fight, but I couldn't do it without my team. My team put together everything outside of the ring," Mayweather said.
For his part, Guerrero acknowledged Mayweather was better than what he believed him to be heading into their showdown.
"He was barely slipping by the punches. He's slick, he's quick. He came out and did his thing," Guerrero told Gray, also admitting Mayweather did better than he expected. "He was on his game tonight."
As for what's next, Mayweather was partially non-committal. While he did seem to confirm he'd like to return to action in September, he wouldn't confirm a bout with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez would necessarily be next. However, Mayweather did seem to suggest he had every intention of fulfilling the six-fight contract he signed with Showtime just months ago despite being 36 years of age.
"We've got five more to go," Mayweather told Gray. "Let's do it."