The 364-day wait is over, and Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO) reminded us of why he is the pound-for-pound king of the boxing world. Mayweather took home a unanimous decision victory over Robert Guerrero (36-2-1, 18 KO) and thus won the WBC and The Ring Welterweight titles.
When it comes right down to it, it was a matter of balance that led to Money's dismantling of The Ghost.
Guerrero gave this fight everything he had, and deserves praise for putting forth a magnificent effort. Unfortunately, giving your all doesn't always lead to landing with precision, and that's exactly what it takes to defeat Money May.
Mixing well-timed offensive aggression with defensive brilliance, Mayweather reminded the boxing world of how it's done.
How's that for brilliance?
Mayweather was dominant in every sense of the word, landing 41.0 percent of his total punches and 60.2 percent of his power punches. He landed 82 more total punches than Guerrero and 72 more power punches.
Mayweather did so while attempting 105 less.
Defensively, he was able to get out of harm's way at every turn of the fight. Even as Guerrero pushed him up against the ropes, Mayweather managed to dodge blows and landed crushing shots of his own in virtually every situation.
The boxing world's greatest counter-puncher continues to build his legacy.
Guerrero landed just 19.4 percent of his total punches thrown—21.5 percent less than Mayweather. On power punches, Guerrero landed 27.9 percent, which ended up being 32.3 percent less than Money.
What more do we need to say?
The truth of the matter is, this is far from the first time that Mayweather has dominated his opponent. In fact, Pretty Boy Floyd has been doing this for years.
Just check the stats.
In last 9 fights, @FloydMayweather landed 42% of total punches; Opponents 17% (wgt class avg: 32%) #MayDay #boxing5/5/2013, 12:55:15 AM
Yet another act of brilliance.
This has become the story of Mayweather's career, as he's paired precise punching with impenetrable defense. Against Guerrero, Money put those elite abilities on full display, tearing him apart at every turn.
A trend that has been present through 44 consecutive fights.