Masterful Mayweather outclasses Guerrero

05/05/2013 12:18

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0) easily won a 12 round  unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero (31-2-1) to retain his WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

The final judges scores were 117-111, 117-111 and 117-111.

Mayweather made it 44 consecutive wins in his first fight since beating Miguel Cotto a year ago, were plenty of questions was raised as to if the pound for pound king may have been slipping as he was hit more than we was used to seeing. At 36-years-old, Mayweather showed not only is he the best in the game, but still possesses the skill set he's displayed time and time again.

Mayweather dominated the fight from start to finish. In the first round Guerrero tried futiely to rough up Mayweather during clinches.

Mayweather stood flat-footed in the punching pocket and openly exchanged with Guerrero. Things was interesting for the first couple of rounds but little by little, Mayweather began to work and do what we've become acustomed to seeing, a dominant performance.

By the 5th round Mayweather's confidence was growing and he began landing some heavy right hands to Guerrero's head. Guerrero kept plodding after him, but paid the price as Mayweather shot counter right hands through his defences.

By the halfway point, the fight had taken a pattern as Mayweather was in full control. To his credit Guerrero never stopped coming forward and trying to find his way inside but Mayweather repeatedly drilled him with laser right hands.

In the 8th round, Mayweather landed at will to the head of Guerrero and ended up cutting him on the left eye. Guerrero was now taking a beating as he was stunned by another right hand and endured a heavy onslaught, but Mayweather backed off in the 9th and didn't throw as many punches.

The rest of the fight fell into the same pattern with Mayweather using his legs, defence, countering skills and faster hands to continue to dominate the fight until the final bell. As much as Guerrero tried to make this a fight, he was simply outclassed by the best fighter in the sport today.

"We did it again," said Mayweather after the fight. "I take my hat off to Robert Guerrero. He's a true warrior."

"I was looking for the knockout but I hurt my hand, I feel bad I didn't give the fans the knockout."

 "I landed some good shots on him, said Guerrero. "He's a great fighter. He's slick and quick." 

In the chief support, Abner Mares (26-0-1) produced a 9th round stoppage to defeat fellow Mexican Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-5) and become a three-weight world champion.

Classy Mares scored his 14th career knockout, twice putting southpaw Ponce de Leon on the canvas before sealing the WBC featherweight title when referee Jay Nady stopped the contest.

Other results on the card:

Leo Santa Cruz TKO 5 Alexander Munoz

J'Leon Love SD 10 Gabriel Rosado

Ronald Gavril TKO 3 Roberto Yong

Luis Arias UD 6 Don Yil Livingston

Badou Jack TKO 3 Michael Gbenga

Lanell Bellows TKO 4 Matt Garretson