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Posted by LastSonOfKrypton on May 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM




Another typical Mayweather performance... used his precision jab, lightning hand speed and defensive wizardry to make yet another elite fighter look ordinary. 'The Ghost' Guerrero managed some fits of action and landed a couple decent body shots early, but it was vintage Floyd by the mid rounds as he picked apart Guerrero with surgical accuracy. Roberto made a valiant effort to outwork Mayweather in the late rounds, but the champ bloodied the challenger in the 8th and landed a beautiful right hook that stunned his opponent. Guerrero showed heart and kept battling through the final rounds, but Floyd had already done far more than enough and earned himself the decision on all 3 judges cards.

 

Perhaps the only surprise of the night was the level of class shown by Mayweather Jr. towards his opponent after the fight, with props exchanged between the fighters and even scolding his father (who was in his corner for the first time in more than a decade) who took a parting shot at his opponents camp.


 

Love him or hate him, Floyd adds another W to his resume and goes that much further to solidifying his status as possibly the greatest pound for pound fighter of all time.


Other big boxing news from the past couple weeks: 


Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez scored a unanimous decision against another great fighter in Austin Trout on April 21st to unify the 154 pound titles as he continues his dizzying ascent to superstardom. His next bout very well could be with the aforementioned Floyd Mayweather Jr.  

Danny Garcia unanimously outpointed Brooklyn's Zab Judah on Saturday night at Barclays Center to retain the WBA and WBC junior welterweight titles.

Wladimir Klitschko stopped Francesco Pianeta in the sixth round Saturday night to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. 

On the horizon, we wait to see if Bob Arum can finalize plans for the Pac Man / J.M. Marquez rematch, tentatively set for September, though plans are far from completed and there is still a possibility that Timothy Bradley could enter the picture for a rematch... 

Til next time, fight fans!

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11 Comments

Reply Mac D
12:53 AM on May 6, 2013 
Keeping with my Anchorman quotes (Canucks forum) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKKa_OlSXgQ

Read this, this morning http://usc.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1502671
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
2:03 AM on May 6, 2013 
Interesting article, Mac. The heavyweight division is dying slowly, it will take an American with a real shot to defeat either Klitschko bro to revive it... maybe this guy, but he has got a long way to go before that happens. Pretty quick start to his career already though, so he's definitely someone I'll keep my eye out for, thanks for the heads up.
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
2:11 AM on May 6, 2013 
Another note of interest that I failed to mention; the Mayweather/Guerrero fight was his first on Showtime as part of his mega million dollar 6 fight contract he signed with them. Usually an also ran to HBO, they have now signed Mayweather, rising up and comer Abner Mares and Saul Alvarez and Danny Garcia through an alignment with Golden Boy.promotions. I still much prefer the crew of HBO, but Showtime has certainly closed the gap between the two judging by this fight broadcast.
Reply vapor5
7:52 AM on May 6, 2013 
The best heavyweights avoid the ring and play tight end or linebacker in the NFL.
Reply the immortal scurds
8:29 AM on May 6, 2013 
is floyd on a list with the all time greats? or is he benefitting from a lack of competishion?
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
11:06 AM on May 6, 2013 
vapor5 says...
The best heavyweights avoid the ring and play tight end or linebacker in the NFL.


Iinterestingly, that was mentioned in the article provided by Mac. '

There is the 'All-American Heavyweight project' out of Carson that has poured many millions of dollars into trying to find the next great heavyweight by converting team sports guys to boxing.'

The gent profiled in the story played USC football himself.

It could definitely be lucrative... they estimate the next American Heavyweight champion could be worth a billion dollars.
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
11:09 AM on May 6, 2013 
the immortal $curd$ says...
is floyd on a list with the all time greats? or is he benefitting from a lack of competishion?


Good question, Scurds, and it probably depends on who you ask.

Myself, I consider him one of the greats, no doubt, if only based on pure natural talent and boxing intelligence alone. He is truly a marvel...

However, his legacy will always be diminished in my eyes for his refusal or inability (however you choose to view it) to make a fight happen with Manny Pacquiao while they were both in their prime. That coupled with the popular notion that he has 'ducked' or waited until fighters like De La Hoya, Mosley, etc. were past their prime to challenge them will hurt his all time standing in many eyes.

Still, his ring mastery is second to none, and his resume is filled with conquered boxing greats and multiple titles, to go along with an unbeaten record. Pretty hard to take all that and not reserve a spot for him in the pantheon of boxing immortals.
Reply vapor5
11:20 AM on May 6, 2013 
lsok- A close friend of mine and I have been bouncing around the "linebacker" theory since the early 1990's.
Reply the immortal scurds
2:01 PM on May 6, 2013 
what is it, 45 in a row for him?
Reply Mac D
2:38 PM on May 6, 2013 
Yeah, just funny I read that in the morning and you posted this. Always will cheer for the Trojans and hope Washington can make it up. I will be looking forward to his June bout. I'm on the negative side of Floyd but this fight I give him his props.
Reply vapor5
2:53 PM on May 6, 2013 
lsok- An in-shape, young Charles Barkley would've been an interesting heavyweight boxer.