Floyd "Money" Mayweather is still the WBC Welterweight champion after defeating Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero by unanimous decision in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
After a somewhat sluggish start from Money May that saw his opponent lay some nice shots on early, the 36-year-old quickly gained the upper hand throughout the fight, with his elusiveness in defense and ferocity in attack coming into the fray very quickly.
Guerrero would try and launch a comeback during the latter rounds, but he simply had no answer to breaking the Mayweather code, as Money May extended his winning streak to 44-0. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that also includes a 21-0 run in title fights.
What were the biggest talking points to emerge from this epic pay-per-view bout? Read on to see all the key points and fascinating storylines in Mayweather's win.
Robert Guerrero Wasn't Demolished, Despite Statistics
As much as the statistics (via CompuBox, Sho Shots) will say otherwise, Robert Guerrero certainly wasn't demolished by Mayweather in their pay-per-view showdown.
He was simply beaten by a superior opponent who was better in defense, attack and counter-attack throughout the night.
Money May was elusive and on his game here, and Guerrero—despite tagging him often throughout the fight—was never able to break his opponent down.
He won at least three of the rounds and showed real spirit to come back in the ninth round after being dominated in the eighth. At the time, it looked like Mayweather was going to run away with the fight, but Guerrero was able to stick with him and keep the scoreline presentable in the loss.
He was beaten and outclassed, but certainly not embarrassed in this one.
Mayweather is a world-class star and the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today, and Guerrero did very well to keep the fight as close as he did here.
Mayweather's Still Got it—Even at 36
Coming into this fight, there was still several big questions remaining about whether Mayweather still had what it takes to succeed at the highest level anymore.
He had been out of the ring for 12 months, and his reflexes were thought to be deteriorating given he's now 36 years old.
And yet he proved everyone wrong with an incredible win on the night.
Money May was as agile as ever and kept himself out of trouble thanks to his elusiveness in defense. His hand speed was blistering—especially with his right jab—and he kept his head when Guerrero started to land some nice shots on him, particularly early in the fight.
He proved that he is still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and that he deserves to be the highest paid athlete in the world.
For at 44-0, he is the very definition of unstoppable, and he proved so again with a dominant victory over a surprisingly strong opponent.
Injury Presents Interesting Future for Money May
Perhaps the most interesting storyline to emerge from the fight, however, is that of his injury. According to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix:
Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS
Correction: Mayweather says he hurt his right hand. Deflects a question about Canelo.5/5/2013, 4:52:52 AM
Now as Steve Kim at Max Boxing suggests, the injury could have a profound impact on who Money May fights next and when that takes place—especially given the rumors that he would be taking on Canelo Alvarez in a September showdown on the day before Mexican Independence Day.
Steve Kim @steveucnlive
uhhh, yeah, Mayweather won... Don't know what to say. Except he says he hurt his hand. So he wont be fighting in Sept #boxing #MayDay5/5/2013, 4:50:53 AM
Mayweather isn't going to want to fight unless he's completely healthy, and he isn't going to want to put his undefeated record or title defense in jeopardy as a result. Does that mean then that a September (or later) fight this year is off the table?
You'd have to think it certainly doesn't help the situation, although no information is yet known on the severity or details of the injury sustained by Money May.
Either way, it's a very fascinating storyline to watch out for in the near future.
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