Mayweather vs. Guerrero Decision Further Proves Money's Defensive Prowess

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVMay 5, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right at Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Whenever Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. steps into the ring, we're sure to witness a showcase of defensive quickness, escapability and counter-attacking. All of that and more was on display Saturday night against Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero. 

While the average viewer may have gotten bored through the later rounds as Mayweather took control, it was truly a showing of class boxing skill in a way that we've seen very few times in the sport's history. 

The Ghost came in more motivated than ever as he was mentally prepared to go at Money May for all 12 rounds, but punch after punch went unlanded as Mayweather dodged almost all of them with ease. 

The tale of the tape just shows how unsuccessful Guerrero was in his aggressive pursuit of the impact blow, according to CompuBox's stat sheet on Twitter

Mayweather threw more than 100 fewer punches than his opponent. However, despite that differential, he was able to land 82 more blows on the night. That made for an awfully unproductive night for Guerrero, who landed just 19 percent of his attempts.

Nothing can wear a boxer out more than repeatedly missing punches, especially when you're trying to be the aggressor and take an all-time great off his game. 

Money May was able to do this by back-stepping and leading Guerrero around the ring all night. It seemed like The Ghost was simply following Mayweather around as he dangled a hot dog on a string in front of him, constantly pulling it away every time he got close.

Some fans may not see this as entertaining and instead view it as a contradiction of what makes the sport so popular, but it's hard to find another boxer in history who was able to move with such quickness and elusiveness around the ring.

And as it is with any sport, defense turns into offense. Mayweather was brilliant on the counter-attack Saturday night, allowing Guerrero to make himself susceptible to big blows and taking advantage. 

CompuBox's stat sheet shows that Money May connected on a whopping 60 percent of his power punches, many of which were set up from The Ghost constantly attacking and leaving himself open.

It wasn't that Guerrero wasn't worthy of the fight and didn't put on a good show. He fought valiantly and it's a testament to his pure will that he stuck around for 12 rounds. 

But one thing became obvious Saturday night: Mayweather's defense is impenetrable.