Floyd "Money" Mayweather answered a good number of questions with his unanimous decision win over Robert Guerrero on Saturday night.
When you're a 36-year-old boxer stepping into the ring for the first time in a year, people will doubt you. Money proved the doubters wrong, but then again, should we even be surprised?
After a virtuoso performance, here's what we learned—or had reaffirmed—about the pound-for-pound king.
He's Still Very Fast
It would have been logical if Mayweather's speed had diminished. He's been fighting for 17 years and he's close to 40 years old. Father Time usually comes for the quickness first.
He must owe Floyd a favor because it was clear Mayweather hadn't lost a bit of his swiftness.
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Money repeatedly fired snapping right hands between Guerrero's guard before the Ghost could close his gloves. There is an old Richard Pryor stand-up comedy routine, were it not for the profanity, I'd include it here.
In the bit, the legendary comic says that Muhammad Ali's punches are so fast, you don't see them until they're coming back.
After Saturday night, Guerrero knows exactly what Pryor meant.
Instincts and Defensive Reflexes? Check
Mayweather said he brought his dad back to his camp to improve his defense. It obviously worked. Money was as slippery as he's ever been.
He made Guerrero flail and miss wildly most of the night.
The combination of head and lateral movement was sheer bodily-kinesthetic brilliance. Father Time usually has this trait high on his list of gifts to dull or remove as well.
Again, Mayweather has delayed the inevitable in a major way.
He Will Not Be Bullied
You hear announcers, fans and my peers in the media talk about pressuring and roughing Money up on the inside as means to success. Here's a news flash people: this 5'8", 147-pound guy is pretty strong.
He controlled the clinch against Guerrero and completely nullified any grappling tactics.
By the ninth round, Guerrero was frustrated and beaten mentally. He still gave a good effort, but in his heart, he had to know he had no chance.
As long as Money dedicates himself, as he always has, he has a shot at walking away from the sport unbeaten. This performance proved he has a long way to go before a decline is in the cards.
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