By Marc Livitz at ringside in Las Vegas: "May Day", as the weekend’s promotion was called proved to be a state of emergency for only one man in the ring tonight and it was not Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. In front of a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Floyd didn’t look like a year of inactivity, a short stint in jail or thirty six years of age was any sort of factor. He practically steamrolled over Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero tonight in a showdown for welterweight supremacy. The Ring Magazine championship as well as Mayweather’s WBC welterweight title was at stake.
The opening bell sounded. Each fighter came out jabbing at the other. Guerrero landed a small left hook during the first of many clinches in the first round. Floyd didn’t seem to have lost much of his speed. He had Guerrero missing at times.
Mayweather connected with a quick fire right shortly thereafter. The sold out arena at the MGM went wild whenever Guerrero connected with a shot to Floyd. He landed a good overhand left right after Mayweather had dodged one. Floyd caught Robert flush with a right hand just as the bell sounded to end the second. He landed another solid right about ten seconds into round three. Guerrero was now on the chase.
Floyd knew to hold whenever Robert got too close. Floyd crouched at times and began to time Guerrero to his advantage. He tagged Guerrero multiple times with quick rights and moved around the ring with his signature velocity. Less than a minute into the fourth, Floyd popped Robert with a big right which caused Guerrero’s head to snap back.
Robert was beginning to look frustrated. Floyd was connecting with his left jab as well. He followed up with a powerful left with about twenty seconds to go. About forty five seconds into round number five, Mayweather got in yet another thudding right to Guerrero’s head. Robert did somewhat land a right/left combination on Mayweather, but that would be the best he would have to give.
The middle rounds easily followed the same pattern. Throughout rounds six through eight and quite frankly onward, Mayweather, Jr. would easily slip away from the path of anything Guerrero threw at him. He would land right after right on a consistent basis. The seventh round was particularly slow, but Floyd continued to connect with the right and had Robert swinging into the night air. Mayweather was still simply too fast.
Floyd got in a strong left in the eighth. He connected with another powerful right to close the round and some fans in attendance were booing the action. Robert’s left eye showed considerable damage when the ninth round began. Floyd seemed to be having fun and was using his trademark shoulder roll defense to sheer perfection. He got in a quick two punch combination and was popping Guerrero straight on.
Mayweather deflected shots from Guerrero when his Gilroy, California opponent chased him into a corner in round ten. He got in some body shots as well. By this time, some fans were headed for the exits. Floyd tagged Robert with a straight right from a crouched position in round eleven. He landed left/right combinations almost at will. As the two combatants walked to the center of the ring to began the twelfth and final round, each man showed the other true appreciation after weeks of consistent banter between the two camps.
Floyd moved, dodged, ducked and slipped all night long and the last round of the evening was no exception. He connected with a few more strong rights and as was the case the entire contest, Robert Guerrero just could not hit him. The bell sounded and there was never any confusion of the decisive victor. Judges Duane Ford, Julie Lederman and Jerry Roth all submitted identical scorecards of 117-111. Lederman had Guerrero winning the first, seventh and twelfth rounds. Roth gave Guerrero the same. Duane Ford gave the second, seventh and final round to Robert.
The stats told the story. Of 581 punches thrown by Guerrero, he landed only 113 for 19%. By contrast, Mayweather threw out 476 and connected on 195 of them for 41%. The most staggering figure however was in the power punch category. Floyd was 153 for 254 for an astonishing 60%
This was another Mayweather masterclass. He indicated that he may be in the hunt for a September bout, although he would not commit to a speculative date for a showdown with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Mexican Independence Day weekend. He remains perfect at (44(26)-0), while Guerrero was dealt a defeat for the second time in his career and now hold a record of (31(18)-2-1).
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