Floyd Mayweather outclassed Robert Guerrero to a one-sided unanimous decision victory in an uneventful fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather defended his WBC welterweight title and earned THE RING’s vacant 147-pound championship.
After looking a bit shaky in the opening two rounds, Mayweather (44-0, 26 knockouts), who won by unanimous scores of 117-111, assumed control of the bout with accurate lead right hands and sneaky left hooks that snapped back Guerrero’s head and clearly affected the confidence of the young challenger.
Mayweather, who hadn’t fought since last May and was coming off a three-month jail stint last summer, exhibited fresh legs and sharp reflexes for a 36-year-old veteran with more than 16 years in the pro game.
Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) never stopped trying to reach his elusive foe, but never executed the rough-and-relentless style and tactics that many fans and media thought he would bring to the much-ballyhooed Showtime PPV event.
“He’s a true warrior, I take my hat off to Robert Guerrero,” Mayweather said after the fight. “I’m back with my father. The less you get in this sport, the longer you last. I was looking for the knockout but I hurt my right hand midway through the fight.
“People said my reflexes weren’t as good, that my defense wasn’t as good (as it used to be), after the (Miguel) Cotto fight but Cotto is a future hall of fame fighter.”
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A full ringside report by Michael Rosenthal will be posted shortly.