Floyed Mayweather Jr. executed a masterful unanimous decision victory over former multiple-division titleholder Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, winning by the scores of 117-111 on all scorecards of the three judges.
Defeating Miguel Cotto on May 5 last year, Mayweather (44-0-26 knockouts) at 36 was still fast and accurate, landing over 60 percent of his power shots on the lefthanded Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 Kos), who had held titles at featherweight and junior lightweight, and interim belts at lightweight and welterweight.
Guerrero of Gilroy, California, showed promise in the first two rounds, landing solid left crosses on Mayweather. Mayweather, who has won titles in every division from 130 to 154 pounds, took control from the third round on, hitting Guerrero with hard right crosses that sapped Guerrero’s confidence each round.
The encounter increasingly tilted to Mayweather’s side beginning round five, when a right cross from him rocked Guerrero back on his heels.
Guerrero who was visibly lacking in speed missed his power shots too often. Or, they were parried by Mayweather’s gloves, adding to Guerrero’s frustration.
Quoting Muhammad Ali, Mayweather’s father shouted from the ringside: “The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.”
Guerrero’s face manifested visible mark of punishment in round eight. Mayweather’s right cross opened up a cut above Guerrero’s left eye, but Guerrero a true fighter that he was though wounded continued to come forward to absorb more beatings.
Obviously, irked with the absence of hot action, the crowd booed the last 30 seconds of the fight.
Mayweather said he has proven to himself that he’s still sharp at 36 to disprove others claim to the contrary. He said he failed to push for a knockout after hurting his often injured right hand midway during the bout
Guerrero, after the fight, commented that Mayweather was a little better than he thought. He said he
landed some good punches but Floyd is a great fighter
Mayweather’s next bout is slated for September 14, a good date for boxing promoters because of its nearness to the September 16 Mexican Independence Day.
When asked whether Mexican fan favorite and WBC/WBA unified junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) would be his opponent in September, Mayweather was elusive.
He said we don’t know who we’re gonna fight right now. Let me go home and rest first and talk it over with his manager and adviser.