In one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year, Floyd Mayweather defeated Robert Guerrero via unanimous decision to win the WBC and The Ring Welterweight titles. As always seems to be the case with Mayweather, the numbers from this bout were absolutely tremendous.
So what were the key statistics from Money's victory over Guerrero?
For starters, this isn't the first time that Mayweather has come through in a title fight. In fact, Mayweather is one of the most decorated fighters of our time and has the record to prove it.
Not only is Mayweather a perfect 44-0, but 47.7 percent of his wins have come in title fights.
FloydMayweather Jr. wins by unanimous decision - improves to a perfect 44-0. 21 of those wins have come in title fights— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 5, 2013
Use any adjectives you want, but the only fittings ones are along the lines of, "legendary."
Of those 21 victories in title fights, five have come at welterweight, including tonight. Not only does that prove his dominance in this division, but it displays his versatility.
No matter what weight he fights at, Mayweather is dominant.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins 5th career title bout at welterweight... he's also won title fights in 4 other weight classes— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 5, 2013
Need we say more?
In terms of career success, Mayweather is a pure and utterly active legend. Not only is he undefeated at 44-0, but he's won on the grandest of stages and never let us down while in the ring.
If that's not enough, try this—it had been 364 days since Mayweather had last boxed.
All About the Money
As much as we'd like to, we cannot simply focus on what transpired during the actual fight. Instead, we must turn our attention to one of the most impressive figures in all of professional sports.
Mayweather received a boxing record $32 million guaranteed from this fight (via ESPN).
"I think when you see a total like that it speaks for itself," Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer, whose company will pay Mayweather, told ESPN.com. "He has established clearly that level of $32 million as a guarantee and remember: He will make much more after everything is counted because he keeps 90 percent of the profit from the event. The $32 million is just the contract minimum. The bulk of everything else goes to him."
Mayweather makes more with one fight than most individuals could hope to see in a lifetime.
As we get back into the ring, however, we cannot ignore the fact that Mayweather absolutely dominated this fight. Guerrero deserves mountains of respect for his effort, as he gave every ounce of his body to this match from start to finish.
Unfortunately for Guerrero, it was Mayweather who landed the punches.
Throughout the duration of this fight, there was one common theme that we simply cannot deny. Robert Guerrero was the pace-pusher early, Floyd Mayweather took control and then it became a match of precision and aggression.
Guerrero was on the attack, Mayweather was on point.
How's that for evidence?
Mayweather landed 82 more punches than Guerrero. Perhaps more importantly, he converted 22 percent more of his total punch attempts.
It was all about defense for Mayweather, however, as he limited Guerrero to 19 percent of his total punches landing. That includes 11 percent of his jabs and 28 percent of his power punches.
Mayweather came through on 60 percent of his heavy throws.