Floyd Mayweather's return to the boxing ring ended with a unanimous victory, extending his record to 44-0.
This win is simply a prequel of things to come regarding Money's dominance after the bell.
It was quite an impressive showing because he didn't have a fight in a year, which included a jail sentence last summer, per the Associated Press via ESPN.com. Still, he worked Robert Guerrero throughout the fight and did not show any signs of lag.
Mayweather timed the majority of his dodges and counterattacks to a T, and that efficiency ultimately led to a strong title defense.
Regarding his September bout, While Money's hand injury he suffered against The Ghost sparked initial concern, ESPN.com's Dan Rafael writes that Mayweather is fine:
Mayweather's hand looked swollen and discolored when he showed it to media members after the postfight news conference. The health of Mayweather's hand is critical if he is to return to fight an opponent to be determined on Sept. 14.
"He went to the hospital [Saturday] night, and everything is fine," Kelly Swanson, Mayweather's longtime publicist, told ESPN.com on Sunday. "He just experienced some soreness."
Money has plenty of time to heal and prepare before he fights again. Furthermore, he doesn't need an offensive approach to win.
Mayweather's defense was crucial to defeating Guerrero, which, in turn, allowed him to counterattack at a solid rate. As for his September match, change is not needed.
Given Money's overall performance on Saturday, expect him to enhance that display this fall. With sufficient time to prepare, Mayweather is provided with an opportunity to polish up every aspect of his game.
His incredible defense is also developing as an even greater advantage. And although it's not appealing entertainment for some fans, Mayweather had to improve defensively, as he and his father state in an article by Ron Borges of the Boston Herald:
“I was really happy to be back with my father,” the younger Mayweather said. “After the (Miguel) Cotto fight, I knew I was getting hit too much and needed my father."
“I made Floyd aware of moving his head (again). We were still having a dispute over that (with Roger). I told him ‘We ain’t going to take no more punches.’ Offense was (Roger’s) No. 1 thing. I didn’t want my son doing that. I came back and you saw what happened."
Just like in any other sport, defense is the key to success.
The lack of marketability, when it comes to defense, also plays to Money's advantage in the ring. Fans want to see more attacking and big hits connecting time and time again. This mentality indirectly affects Money's opponents and their defense by making them more susceptible against Mayweather.
He proved the ability to instantly react after blocking/dodging, which exposes an opponent's lack of defense. That is simply what unfolds for an offensive fighter versus an efficient counter-attacker. It served Mayweather nicely against Guerrero and will only be better when September rolls around regardless of the opposition.
In addition to possessing immense confidence Mayweather's strategy has obviously been flawless to this point in his career. Consuming fewer shots and quickly accumulating power when countering has worked out well, thus far.
His next fight will just be further evidence, not to mention an upgraded version, from Saturday's highlight.
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