Floyd Mayweather Jr. delivered in a big way on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, outclassing WBC Welterweight title fight opponent Robert Guerrero over the course of 12 rounds and reminding us why he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today.
Money May won the fight via unanimous decision, improving his professional record to 44-0.
It doesn't take a long look at the tape to see that Guerrero (31-2-1) was outmatched from the opening bell. Mayweather looked comfortable, confident and in control throughout the bout, putting everything on display, including his quickness, power and superb defense.
Although we already knew Money May was a stud coming in, his dismantling of the Ghost only made us more confident in that fact.
Here's what we learned from May Day.
Money Hasn't Lost His Power, Quickness
At 36, it's quite possible that Mayweather is getting quicker and stronger as he ages.
Money landed a remarkable 60 percent of his power punches on Saturday night, bloodying Guerrero and eliminating any and all doubt that he was the best boxer in the ring.
Mayweather was super quick as well, reading and reacting to Guerrero's every move and deciding on a counter almost instantly. Clearly, the one-year layoff was beneficial to Money, who, instead of looking rusty or winded, seemed to get stronger as the fight wore on.
This stat from CompuBox can't be encouraging for any of Money's future opponents.
In last 9 fights, @FloydMayweather landed 42% of total punches; Opponents 17% (wgt class avg: 32%) #MayDay #boxing5/5/2013, 12:55:15 AM
Mayweather's pinpoint accuracy is made more lethal by his exceptional defensive prowess.
Defense Still Wins
You can't beat what you can't hit. That was the case for Robert Guerrero on Saturday as he was able to land only 19 percent of his punches against Mayweather.
It's no secret that Money worked with his father Floyd Sr. for this title fight, a defensive-minded trainer who had his son looking 10 years younger inside the ring this weekend. Floyd Sr. had nothing but praise for his son after the fight on Saturday (via ESPN.com's Dan Rafael):
I thought Floyd did an excellent job, I helped bring back the defense because I thought he was getting hit too much. There was nothing he couldn't do in there anyway tonight. But after the Cotto fight, he came to me and said, 'Please train me. I feel like I'm getting hit too much.' Honestly, Floyd could have danced the whole fight, but instead he used his defense and I told him to steal him with the right hand. That was the shot [Guerrero] couldn't see.
Money's renewed focus on defense was obvious from the start on Saturday, as Guerrero failed to figure him out.
But Money can't rest now. Remaining one of boxing's greatest defensive fighters will be key for Mayweather as he gets older. As Floyd Sr. touched on after the fight, Money was hit far too often last year by Miguel Cotto in a fight that raised questions about how much longer Money would remain elite.
But those questions were answered loud and clear on Saturday; Mayweather is on top, and will be for some time.
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