(May 4, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather [black gloves] and Robert Guerrero [red gloves] during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won unanimously. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Floyd Mayweather made his Showtime deal debut a successful one, taking a clear unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero, who got off to a hot start but succumbed to Mayweather's superior skills Saturday. The consensus top boxer in the world fought like it after Guerrero had some early success, and we'll find out later whether his past pay-per-view golden touch kissed this promotion.
Some saw it as a total wipeout or near it, but I saw Guerrero winning the first two rounds, and the 7th. The judges also had it 117-111 each, so either that's a condemnation of me for scoring it identically to three Las Vegas judges or I had it in the right ballpark. Between the rounds Guerrero won, Mayweather's right hand was supreme, and by late in the bout Guerrero was bloodied and cowed, not that he ever completely gave in, but he fought like a guy who was feeling the Mayweather punishment. Once Mayweather got his speed and movement going -- Guerrero was surprisingly competitive in the speed department early, and countered Mayweather, of all things -- Guerrero looked more like target practice than a fearsome opponent.
Mayweather didn't say after the bout what he'd do next, so whether the next installment of the multi-fight, mega-million Showtime deal is a borderline/full-on shitty bout against the likes of Devon Alexander or Amir Khan, or whether he'll take on the dangerous/big-money likes of junior middleweight Saul Alvarez, we apparently won't know for a while. Until then, so far so good, if not exactly great.
he will continue to fight guys that are helpless..he just fought a guy who beat berto, a guy who is waay overrated and class-c fighter with class-c chin... damn.. cant people just read it.. its one of haymons hype creation.. then suddenly guerero is the man he should fought?? showtime is in deep trouble
he fought guerero, then we will see amir " china chin"khan, alexander, maidana or garcia... these clowns arent going to get hm huge money.. and fact is.. not in p4p ranks... i thought money may is all about the benjamin? well.. you wonder why pacquiao, martinez and canelo isnt in the list??!!! why?? hahaha keep on praising the duck.. if he is that good and have no fear... you should know he should have already beat the 3.. until then.. yeah! keep on praising him
Personally had it 119-109. I thought Guerrero took the seventh. I thought the first was close, but still gave it to May. The rest I thought were clearly Floyd's even if some were kinda close.
@edubmma Some people gave him the 12th, too. What can I say? I thought the first two were close, and the 7th, too, really.
Masterful performance tonight by Money May. But at what point does he start to lose box-office appeal because there's simply no one in the world who can beat him?
Mayweather is FAR and and AWAY the best boxer in the world. No one is close.
A fight between Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez could challenge the 2007 bout between De La Hoya and Mayweather as the biggest pay-per-view in boxing history. DLH and Money May coaxed 2.5 million buys.
But Canelo has NO chance against Mayweather. He's too slow, too mechanical, too easy to hit. Plus I'm not sure De La Hoya wants to risk Canelo's unbeaten record this early in his career.
As much as I would like to see Brandon Rios fight Mayweather at 147, Money would KILL him with counterpunches and ring movement.
It's a chilling fact for boxing: Mayweather is unbeatable right now.
Hopefully people still tune in, either to see his mastery in action or with the faint hope that he could lose. I hope fans are satisfied with the former, because the latter isn't happening any time soon.
@PaulKelly I would suggest you go a few years back and see who Mayweather ducked before you fall off your seat in praising the guy, hahahahahahaha!
@artbabba Where did I refer to Money May as an all-time great? I simply said he's the best boxer on Earth right now, and who he ducked and didn't duck has zero relevance.
Who can beat him at 147 or 154 right now?
@PaulKelly Hahahaha, of course I'm just joking. What I'm trying to convey is Mayweather will not fight somebody bigger than him. He only fought Oscar dela Hoya because he needed at that time a high profile fight and dela Hoya is THE MAN at that time and Mayweather is just one of those good fighters in those days. His second foray at a higher weight is with Cotto where he had to work extra hard to eke out a win. I believe he won't do that again as Floydie is very averse to danger however small it is.
@artbabba I hope you're being facetious with talk of Rigo and Donaire. You do realize they fight at 122, correct?
@PaulKelly I'm sorry but you forgot about the most important factor in any competition, the HEART. In 1974 nobody, not even his mother, gave Ali a chinaman's chance to last the fight with Foreman. Ali not only lasted but he even KO'd Foreman. In the recent NBA playoff, an undermanned Chicago Bulls, against all odds, eliminated the Brooklyn Nets. One may have the skills but without the heart, one won't go anywhere. And if you believe Mayweather will fight the current version of Alvarez, you will be disappointed. And if you believe Pacquiao and Martinez are in the list of Mayweather, you better think again. Even at this stage of their careers, these two guys present danger to Mayweather and Floydie cannot deal with danger. It's very possible that he'd rather challenge Rigondeaux or Donaire than face the three aforementioned fighters. Mayweather got no heart and got no balls, you should know by now.
@artbabba No question there was a bit of ducking -- from both sides -- a few years ago from a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. But that fight would be a rout now, with Mayweather beating the faded Pacquiao almost as badly as he trounced Guerrero.
The Alvarez fight may happen, either this fall or next Cinco de Mayo. And Mayweather will win handily, as Canelo is too slow and stiff to land anything of significance.
Martinez? Did you watch his most-recent fight against the colossus known as Martin Murray? Anyone who keeps Martinez in the top five pound-for-pound after that fight is a bit daft. He's losing it -- quickly.
@PaulKelly The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so we will never know who can beat him at 147 or 154 unless he fight the likes of Pacquiao, Alvarez or Martinez. Unfortunately, he's sounding as if the next fight will be either Amir "The Chin" Khan or Devon "Who?" Alexander, "great fighters" both, hahahahahaha!
@PaulKelly the latter will never happen as floyd is not just the best fighter of today. but he proved again he can be the best promoter too. no one can deny the fact that he's the most talented fighter right now but you cannot also deny the fact how careful floyd when it comes to choosing his opponents. he might retire undefeated and can forever brag about it. but also he will be receiving a lot of questions why he had avoided a lot of great fights(to face opponents who have a best chance of beating him in their prime). im sure you knew them and i don't need to name them all.
@PaulKelly Based on current form, I like Andre Ward over Floyd. But Floyd's resume is deeper, and he's still fighting at a really high level.
I wouldn't give Canelo much of a chance against the Floyd we saw last night, but we don't know if Canelo can hurt Floyd. That makes it more interesting.
Your last paragraph is all kinds of accurate.
@tstarks I'll respectfully beg to differ. Ward ripped through a strong field to win the Super 6. But who has he faced with anywhere near the defensive skills of Mayweather?
It pains me to admit this, as I detest Mayweather out of the ring, but he is the best defensive fighter since Pernell Whitaker. And he's still able to win fights with defense at 36, even though his feet are clearly slower than five years ago.
That tactical and defensive nous, even while his physical skills are inexorably eroding, are what separate Mayweather from everyone else to me.
@PaulKelly Yeah, he's incredible. I'm actually starting to believe some of the all-time great remarks he makes about himself.