Floyd Mayweather is still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world—and it's not even close.
That may seem like quite the obvious statement if you just watched him obliterate Robert Guerrero on Saturday, but there were heaps of question marks surrounding the champ leading up to this fight.
Most of them stemmed from his tumultuous year.
After beating Miguel Cotto 364 days before Saturday's victory to run his record to 43-0, Money reported to Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas to serve a three-month jail sentence for domestic abuse.
Many wondered if that, combined with his age, would lead to a lack of focus, an accumulation of rust or simply a decrease in the quickness that so often defines him.
Well, no one is wondering anymore.
Mayweather may not have knocked The Ghost out, but Guerrero probably would have saved a good amount of face—both literally and figuratively—if he would have just gone down earlier in the fight.
That's how much of a blowout it was.
The 117-111, 117-111, 117-111 victory was classic Mayweather. He beat Guerrero with lightning-quick defense, an elusive counter-punching style, staggering accuracy (via ESPN Stats & Info) and a slew of thunderous right hands that cut open The Ghost:
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Mayweather Jr. landed 60 percent of his power punches according to Sho Stats. Guerrero landed 28 percent5/5/2013, 4:59:42 AM
The only way to truly describe it is with one word: Clinic.
It's not as if Guerrero was some pushover, either.
He entered at 31-1-1, was coming off a massive win over Andre Berto and had the type of unorthodox style to at least give the champ some problems. Moreover, he followed through with a sound, aggressive game plan.
But Mayweather was just too good for him, simply out-classing him in every aspect of the fight on his way to a dominant, almost machine-like win.
It wasn't just that Mayweather won, or even that he won via unanimous decision. It was how he won—using his legendary speed, elusiveness and in-ring intelligence when many believed he might show signs of losing the former two. Oh, and he did it with an injured hand (via the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur):
Vic Tafur @VicTafur
Mayweather says he hurt his hand midway through the fight; won’t answer question if he wants Alvarez next. #MayDay #boxing5/5/2013, 4:52:56 AM
Guerrero certainly wasn't the toughest competitor out there for Floyd, but it's often about the process, not just the result.
And the process proved that Mayweather is still Money.
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