Fans who booed Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the 12th round on Saturday night at the MGM Grand should be ashamed of themselves.
With Mayweather holding a sizable lead in the scorecards against Robert Guerrero, he did what he had done all fight: execute his style of boxing, which is combining historic defense with counterpunching.
Yet some wanted blood. They wanted Mayweather to knock out Guerrero, who was thoroughly outclassed in the fight.
Well, some people are missing the point.
First of all, there is no reason for Mayweather to risk his undefeated record by suddenly opening himself up on the attack. That would be a foolish move and one that, frankly, insults his intelligence in the ring.
Secondly, by needlessly criticizing Mayweather for not knocking somebody out, critics are insulting his style of boxing. I know people want to see knockouts, but they can't insult someone for being one of the greatest defensive boxers in the history of the sport.
What Mayweather is doing is historic. His defense is historic. We should be praising him for that instead of criticizing him.
You want to boo someone? Boo Guerrero, or boo any boxer who has faced Mayweather throughout his career and not forced him to be more aggressive.
One of Mayweather's most challenging fights of his career was against Miguel Cotto last May. Cotto, unlike countless others, found a way to pressure Mayweather into being more aggressive. It led to a spectacular fight.
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Mayweather isn't hiding. He showed against Cotto that he can be aggressive and still win. But there is no reason for him to blindly poke his head out from behind his gloves if he is dominating opponents. If he chose not to go for the kill against Guerrero, we should respect that because it actually speaks to his supreme intelligence...which is a good thing, right?
Do you know the percentage of punches Guerrero landed against Mayweather? Try 19 percent (113 of 581, via CompuBox).
That is an astoundingly low number for which Money should be given a round of applause, not a round of boos.
Before people think about booing Mayweather as he cruises to another victory, they should think about what they just witnessed. That is, perhaps the closest thing to defensive perfection as we've ever seen.
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