For all the talk of Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s advancing age and one-year absence from the ring, he certainly looked like vintage Mayweather against Robert "The Ghost” Guerrero Saturday night.
In a bout that was expected to answer some questions about the five-division champion and pound-for-pound kingpin of professional boxing, Mayweather dismantled Guerrero in impressive fashion. He answered all of those questions with the speed, defensive prowess and dominant right hand we’ve seen from Money time and again in his spotless professional career.
With a 44-0 record and all the doubters silenced, there’s no question Money is here to stay. And there isn’t a fighter on the planet who can change that.
Guerrero’s aggressiveness and power were expected to be a difficult challenge for the 36-year-old in his return to the ring, but if May Day taught us anything, it’s this: Nothing is slowing down Mayweather.
There was, of course, a large contingent that expected nothing less of the sport’s greatest fighter.
While some heralded the May 4 bout as a potential stumbling block for Money, much of the hype was a result of bland storylines and a fight that lacked the true star power fans want to see in a Mayweather bout.
To take nothing away from Guerrero, it simply wasn’t a fight. Even at 31-1-1 entering the bout, with a skill set that may be as challenging as Mayweather could face at this point in his career, the pound-for-pound champion came out on top of a 117-111 unanimous decision without much of a struggle.
It was a one-sided affair that sent a message to the boxing world.
Money has made his intentions clear: He expects to fight five more times in his professional career and go out on top (as quoted by ESPN’s Dan Rafael).
“In 30 months my career is over. I want to rack up my six victories and hopefully do commentating and keep the sport of boxing alive. That's what I'm focused on,” Mayweather said.
With a performance like that under his belt, no one is going to question Mayweather’s ability in those final two-plus years.
As ESPN put it on Twitter, he is still "Money":
Floyd Mayweather held a 12-round clinic, and is now 44-0. He. Is. So. Money.5/5/2013, 4:48:44 AM
Yes, age will certainly play a factor in his final stint as an active fighter, but Money has proved his boxing acumen and defensive prowess are enough to withstand the effects of Father Time.
It was the longest training camp of his career, and with the light at the end of the tunnel finally coming into focus, there’s no reason he can’t put in the same training effort for his final professional fights.
Every up-and-coming fighter in the sport will be looking to put a blemish on Mayweather’s record before he walks away, but 44 have tried and 44 have failed to this point.
Why should his final five challengers be any different?
It almost doesn’t matter who steps in the ring with Money from here on out. If his dismantling of Guerrero proves anything, it’s that Mayweather is focused, prepared and as dominant as ever.
And that’s not going to change.