Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an exceptional athlete. Anyone that was unaware of that found out firsthand on Saturday night. At 36 years old, with a year of ring rust to shake off, Money was as good as he's ever been.
Mick Akers @mickakers
What ring rust? #mayday #mayweatherguerreo #boxing #44and05/5/2013, 4:49:57 AM
He easily defeated Robert Guerrero in a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Per BoxRec.com, all three judges scored the fight 117-111. I had it scored 118-110. Money retained the WBC welterweight title and improved to 44-0.
Guerrero's record fell to 31-2.
Here are the tools the ultimate technician used to dismantle his opponent.
Unlike Andre Berto, Mayweather didn't stand in a phone booth and remove his speed advantage. Berto's biggest mistake when he lost to Guerrero was limiting his head movement.
Mayweather's defensive tactics were on full display. The head movement was just the first piece of a massive jigsaw puzzle that boggled Guerrero's mind.
Toughness on the Inside
One of the biggest misconceptions about Mayweather is that he isn't physically strong. Guys think they can get in close and bully him. Guerrero found out that isn't the way to attack Money—especially not at 147 pounds.
Mayweather was the stronger fighter in the clinch. He routinely wrapped up Guerrero's right arm to keep him from pounding away in close quarters.
He also used an MMA tactic of turning his opponent whenever his opponent was close to the ropes. Sometimes it's the subtle things that demonstrate greatness.
The Straight Right From Hell
Money seemingly invented new ways to tag Guerrero with his right hand. From lead power shots to sweeping right crosses, Money found his mark with a ridiculous 60 percent of his power punches.
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He opened a cut on Guerrero's left eye with the shots. The accuracy and zip was like a Justin Verlander fastball.
Besides the absolute exhibition of boxing he put on, the best moment was Mayweather's mature and humble post-fight interview.
Money has put himself through a ton of issues with his own actions, but it is clear he is now a far more introspective man than ever before.
He didn't need to do a ton of barking, he did all his talking with his fists and wits.
Guerrero's father Ruben Guerrero was like a WWE wrestler that doesn't know when to come out of character.
Even Danny Garcia's dad Angel Garcia had enough class to conduct himself properly after the Zab Judah-Garcia bout; why didn't the elder Guerrero compose himself?
He could be heard yelling at Mayweather and his camp after the fight ended. I understand this was an emotional loss, but that behavior only made him and his son look worse.
The Ghost wasn't the most gracious loser, either. Despite being thoroughly outclassed, he found it difficult to give Money his due when the fight was over.
Tom Craze @Box_Bet
Plenty of things in boxing irritate me, but few as much as a guy who clearly lost all but one or two rounds raising his arms at the bell.5/5/2013, 5:16:42 AM
It is hard to know for sure what is on deck for Money. He has several directions he can go in. Many will pine for a meeting with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and others fighters will call him out as well.
One thing is for sure. If the same Money shows up for the next fight as the one that performed on Saturday night, his opponent will have his hands full.
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