Floyd Mayweather, Jr. initially abandoned his trademark movement in the ring and instead stood toe-to-toe with Robert Guerrero, challenging Guerrero to a slugfest in their WBC Welterweight championship fight.
Mayweather’s straight right hand snapped back Guerrero’s head numerous times, while Guerrero countered by landing a few left hooks of his own. Mayweather resorted back to his defensive movement in the middle rounds–including the familiar shoulder roll, frustrating Guerrero in the process.
With the resumption of movement, Mayweather started to find his rhythm, bouncing on his toes and snapping sharp jabs. By contrast, Guerrero appeared to be less active in the middle rounds.
By round eight, Guerrero’s face showed marked wear and tear, even suffering a cut from the barrage of Mayweather’s jabs. Mayweather’s hands were low, showing no respect for Guerrero, as Mayweather scored at will.
In the later rounds, Guerrero attempted to work Mayweather’s body, but Mayweather’s strength was not sapped by the body blows from the younger challenger. It was too late for Guerrero to be aggressive, because Mayweather then picked his spots and was able to counter the encroaching Guerrero with pinpoint precision.
The final round was anti-climactic as Mayweather had won the fight, and was mostly holding on, with the exception of a brief flurry at the end.
Each judge scored it 117 – 111, in favor of Mayweather in a unanimous decision. Mayweather’s record is now 44 – 0.