Floyd Mayweather Jr. reminded tonight why exactly he is the best fighter on the planet, dominating Robert Guerrero in their Showtime pay-per-view bout.
There were concerns coming in that Mayweather had "gotten old" or that ring rust and a two month stint in jail meant that the younger Guerrero would be able to be the first to beat "Money." Those concerns amounted to very little in the end.
In the first two rounds Mayweather looked a little bit slow, his timing was off and he wasn't able to land effectively while Guerrero pressured and kept him uncomfortable. But the supercomputer that is Floyd Mayweather's boxing brain crunched the numbers and was able to figure things out by the middle of the second round.
From that point onward it was Mayweather with a steady diet of lead right hands, using that power punch as the shot that set up almost all of his offense. In fact, Mayweather landed an incredible 60% of his power punches throughout the bout, almost all that lead right hand.
Guerrero, to his credit, didn't go away all night. While the bout was clearly starting to slip away from him, "The Ghost" kept coming, trying to pressure Floyd and find some sort of offense to turn things around.
But it was simply a matter of an A+ fighter against an A fighter and Guerrero's inability to be that "special" kind of fighter meant that he was unable to solve the Mayweather riddle and didn't have a full toolbox to dig into to flip the fight on it's head.
The three judges saw it a fairly convincing 117-111 across the board, though the Showtime announcers (and SB Nation) had it 119-110, a much wider score.
With the win, Floyd is now 44-0.
He was asked after the fight if he would consider a September bout with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Floyd remained non-committal, stating that he'd talk to his advisers and determine who he would fight next.
Floyd also claimed that he hurt his right hand in the middle of the fight and it did look swollen. If he broke his hand in a serious enough fashion, that could derail even the idea of a Canelo superfight.