At their initial faceoff, reigning WBC Welterweight Champion and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather told interim WBC Welterweight Champion Robert Guerrero, “All you have is space and opportunity.”
On Saturday in front of 15,880 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, only half of this was true. Although Guerrero had plenty of opportunity, he had little space. “Money” Mayweather stood right in front of the “Ghost” all night long, from the opening bell only to slip punches at an insane rate while landing 60% of his power shots at will.
For someone who has seen Mayweather’s last ten fights live on pay-per view watching him compete in person, was the equivalent of going to a boxing 101 class. Mayweather’s skills offensively and defensively were on full display as he made another champion boxer look below average while showing the world yet again he’s a true master of the sweet science.
When talking about his virtuoso performance in his post-fight press conference, Mayweather gave some insight on why Guerrero only landing 19% of his total punches wasn’t a fluke or accident. “I felt I got hit with too many shots in the Miguel Cotto fight so I had to bring back the defensive master my dad.”
“Honestly, Floyd could have danced the whole night," Floyd Mayweather Sr. said. "There wasn't anything he couldn't do in there tonight."
Guerrero was eager to trade punches, but often couldn't find Mayweather, who had already moved out of range. Making some ringsiders feel it should be Mayweather not Guerrero nicknamed the “Ghost” as he was here one second and not there the next.
Mayweather was masterful at times, landing thudding right hands and bloodying Guerrero's face in a performance that mirrored some of his best fights. Mayweather hurt Guerrero on several occasions, including a series of right hands near the end of the eighth round that buckled Guerrero's knees.
All three judges scored the bout 117-111, while yours truly had it 119-109. Mayweather showed everybody from Las Vegas to Guadalajara, Mexico who is the best boxer in the world.
Almost as soon as the judges’ scorecards were read for all to hear, did the chatter begin about what’s next for “Money” Mayweather. The overwhelming consensus is for him to fight the current WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine Light Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September on Mexican Independence Day weekend. The unbeaten 22-year-old world super-welterweight champion who last month drew nearly 40,000 to San Antonio's Alamodome when he defeated previously unbeaten Austin Trout.
"From what we saw from Floyd, it's going to take someone very special to beat him — someone strong, physical and a redhead," fight promoter Richard Schaefer said in reference to Alvarez.
Mayweather in return gave his standard answer when addressing Canelo saying he’s a good young champion and he’d have to sit down with his team to decide what’s next for Floyd Mayweather Jr. No matter who he fights next, a couple of things are for certain pertaining “Money” May, we better savor the next thirty months and five fights of greatness while we can because watching the man fight is like watching Kobe and LeBron or the court or Tiger in his heyday.
Along with the fact as Floyd loves to say, “44 people have tried to get the job done and 44 people have failed.” So how do you beat Floyd Mayweather when his performance this weekend indicates there’s no blueprint to beating him because as Robert Guerrero found out like everyone before him, it doesn't exist.
Kendrick Johnson is an independent sports television, radio, and print journalist. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter. @kendrickjohso
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