With a decisive unanimous-decision victory over Robert Guerrero, it's official—Floyd Mayweather is back on top.
It's not as though he actually ever left, he just dropped in to remind everyone that he is still the king.
Mayweather hasn't put an emphasis on remaining busy in the latter parts of his career. He's only fought five times in the last six years. It's obvious that ring rust hasn't meant much to him in his 30s. Just like the champion's other fights, he won them in convincing fashion.
But this time, things were a bit different. His year away from the ring included a stint in prison. Something that can have a drastic effect on a man.
Questions loomed as to whether Mayweather could come back from this kind of layoff and remain the pound-for-pound king. That's what made Guerrero the perfect opponent for him.
Mayweather has always been a savvy matchmaker. His detractors will say that he handpicks opponents—to an extent that's true. He realizes that almost all of his marketing value comes from that zero that stands in his loss column and he isn't afraid to protect it.
Considering the circumstances, it would have been extremely dangerous for Mayweather to take on an especially dangerous fight this time around. Someone like Canelo Alvarez or even Juan Manuel Marquez could have presented serious issues had Mayweather not come back in top condition.
Guerrero was the right opponent at the right time, though. Successful enough to sell the fight and gritty enough to make it interesting, but lacking the skill it takes to actually give Mayweather problems.
Saturday night, Mayweather showed that he's still in top form. And that means that he should be looking to step up to the competition.
With five fights still remaining on his new deal with Showtime, including a possible fight in September, Mayweather should be looking to remain much more active than he has in the past.
With the ring rust effectively shaken off (if there even was any) and another dominant performance in the books, he must take on even bigger challenges with his next opponents.
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