In the ring, Floyd Mayweather shines. He’s the best all around fighter the sport has to offer, and he continues to prove his dominance with each victory.
He’s swift on his feet, agile with his reflexes and electric with his hands. He’s cunning with every move. Every punch Mayweather lands draws cheers from the crowd.
In the May 4 Las Vegas welterweight title fight, Mayweather comfortably defeated Robert Guerrero via unanimous decision, 117-111 on all three judges' cards, for his 44th victory, keeping his perfect record intact.
Backed by his father for the first time in 13 years, Mayweather fought like a true champion. He toyed with Guerrero, made him shake in his trousers, teased him, and then pummeled him like the rest of his inferior opponents.
“I needed my father tonight,” Mayweather said, according to Sports Illustrated. “My defense was on point and he told me to stick with my defense and that the less you get hit the longer you last.”
Mayweather’s performance against Guerrero didn’t come as a surprise and didn’t shock anyone. He embarrassed his opponent by perfecting his plan of attack, landing 195 punches to his opponent’s 113.
His triumph over Guerrero had Frank Warren, of BoxingScene.com, consider him as one of the “finest pound-for-pound fighters since the Second World War.”
After snagging the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Mayweather has been untouchable, claiming 44 straight bouts over 17 years.
“Only the naturally heavier Oscar De La Hoya extended Mayweather to a split decision, only Carlos Hernandez has put him on the deck,” wrote Warren.
In a sport widely regarded as one on life support, Mayweather is a token of excellence in a seemingly dwindling profession. He symbolizes hope for the sport to one day rise from the dead and revert back to popularity once more. He’s the prophet that boxing has cherished throughout his colorful career.
At 36, Mayweather fights with the energy of a teenager, dominates like the veteran that he is and triumphs like a true champion. He’s the thoroughbred of boxing—a force to be reckoned with each time he lays foot in the ring.
There’s a reason why Mayweather was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2012, raking in $85 million in earnings, according to Forbes.
He continues to overshadow his competition, one way or another.
"There are still tough competitors in the sport," Mayweather said, courtesy of Sports Illustrated. "I want to compete with the top competition."
Each time Mayweather enters the ring, his opponents must remember they’re going up against the best all-around fighter in boxing.