The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was a game of cat and mouse. Mayweather won a unanimous decision, as all three judges scored the fight 117-111.
Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis saw it as a battle between a mongoose and cobra:
Lennox Lewis @LennoxLewis
For those of u that didn't tune n2 #MayweatherGuerrero it went kinda like this but without the KO! http://t.co/vJYoVdOupr5/5/2013, 5:15:58 AM
Whichever analogy you prefer, one thing is clear: Money May had a plan and executed it well.
For the first two rounds, Guerrero appeared to have a legitimate chance of knocking off the world's best pound-for-pound fighter. He landed some impressive shots, causing ESPN's Dan Rafael to note that The Ghost roughed Mayweather up a little bit:
Dan Rafael @danrafaelespn
Guerrero did rough him up a little on the inside. #MayDay #boxing5/5/2013, 4:02:38 AM
Rafael wasn't the only one impressed by Guerrero's hot start. Al Bernstein thought things were going well too, via Showtime Sports:
SHOWTIME SPORTS @SHOsports
. @AlBernstein thinks this is playing out as @GHOSTBOXING would have hoped in the early going. #MayDay5/5/2013, 4:04:16 AM
But in typical Mayweather style, Money May was simply testing his opponent's strengths and weaknesses during the early rounds. After the fourth round, it was perfectly clear that Money would need to be knocked out to lose the fight.
That was an opening he never gave Guerrero, however.
In every facet, Mayweather dominated the fight.
His right hand was a sledgehammer, and Guerrero's face was the target. In the eighth round, Mayweather landed an astounding 23-of-30 power punches, per Showtime Sports:
SHOWTIME SPORTS @SHOsports
#Mayweather landed 23 out of 30 power punches (77%) in that last round. Age is just a number, perhaps. #MayDay @MayweatherPromo5/5/2013, 4:32:15 AM
After a while, it was clear Mayweather was simply toying with Guerrero. He would let The Ghost back him into a corner and then strike with pinpoint accuracy, dictating the action as if he were the one backing Guerrero into the corner in the first place.
Every time Guerrero got in close to try to rough him up with body blows, Mayweather simply locked his arms up and forced referee Jay Nagy to separate the two fighters.
Mayweather's feet moved with the quickness and grace of a ballerina, and his hands were swifter still. His strikes were lightning fast and delivered with force.
Had he wanted to do so, Mayweather could have likely knocked Guerrero out in the latter rounds, but he had already won the fight.
CompuBox obtained an image of the final stats for the fight, courtesy of Showtime, and the numbers were in favor of Mayweather to a staggering degree:
The fact that Guerrero was only able to land 19 percent of his punches illustrates Mayweather's brilliant defense and quickness. There were times during the fight that Money left his arms down, put his chin out and dared Guerrero to hit him.
The fact that Mayweather landed 60 percent of his power punches illustrates his impeccable timing and awareness of everything Guerrero was trying to do.
This fight was a masterpiece by Mayweather, and though Guerrero had a good game plan and did a nice job keeping his head in the fight, the contest wasn't nearly as close as the score cards indicated.
In the end, after 12 rounds of championship boxing, Mayweather looked as fresh as he did when the fight first began.
He looks and acts like a man half his age when he's in the ring, and at this point, it's hard to see any boxer beating him any time soon. Mayweather is a boxing immortal, and his performance on Saturday night only further demonstrated his superiority in the welterweight division.
It doesn't matter who comes next. Mayweather is at the top of his game right now, and there isn't another boxer on the planet that can compete with him in the ring.
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