Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero
2013-05-04 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 146 lbs beat Robert Guerrero 147 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Robert Byrd
- Judge: Jerry Roth 117-111
- Judge: Duane Ford 117-111
- Judge: Julie Lederman 117-111
- Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
- Aired On: Showtime Pay-Per-View (Main Event)
- World Boxing Council Welterweight Title (1st defense in 2nd reign by Mayweather)
- The Ring Magazine Welterweight Title (Vacant)
- Fight Poster by artist Richard T. Slone
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. 43-0 (26 KOs) vs. Robert Guerrero 31-1-1 (18 KOs)
- Mayweather was a 5-1 betting favorite.
- Mayweather was the WBC welterweight champion, and Guerrero was the WBC interim welterweight champion. Mayweather claimed the title for the second time with a 4th-round knockout of Victor Ortiz (29-2-2) in September 2011. Guerrero won the interim title by outpointing Selcuk Aydin (23-0) in July 2012.
- Mayweather and Guerrero fought for the vacant Ring Magazine welterweight title. Mayweather was the No. 1 contender and Guerrero was the No. 3 contender. The Ring also ranked Mayweather as the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world. In winning the fight, Mayweather reclaimed The Ring welterweight title, which he had relinquished in June 2008 when he temporarily retired.
- This was the 21st world title fight for Mayweather.
- Mayweather's contract, filed the day prior to the fight with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, called for him to earn a record-tying guarantee of $32 million. Guerrero earned a career-high $3 million, plus a share of the pay-per-view profits. Mayweather's purse tied the all-time record for the largest single-fight contract in history, which he set in May 2012 when he outpointed Miguel Cotto in a junior middleweight title fight.
- At Mayweather's insistence, the contract contained a rematch clause in case Guerrero won. Guerrero did not have a rematch clause.
- This was Mayweather's first fight at welterweight in two years.
- Mayweather announced on Valentine's Day that his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., would train him for the fight.
- Guerrero was arrested on March 28 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City after attempting to board a flight to Las Vegas with an unloaded .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun and three high capacity unloaded magazines. Gerrero declared the gun was in luggage he planned to check for his 8:10 a.m. Delta flight to Las Vegas, said Port Authority police. Guerrero, who was licensed to own the gun in California but not in New York — where the gun laws are among the strictest in the United States — was charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Guerrero was released on his own recognizance and returned to Las Vegas to complete his training for the fight with Mayweather. All of the firearm possession charges were dropped on May 14 after Guerrero pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was fined $250 and ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, which he was allowed to perform in his home state of California.
- This was the first fight for Mayweather since he served a two-month jail sentence in the summer of 2012 for domestic battery charges stemming from a 2010 attack on his former girlfriend while two of their three children watched. This was further spotlighted by Guerrero's father, Ruben, who referred to both Mayweather Jr. and Mayweather Sr. as "woman beaters" at the final pre-fight press conference and declared, "We're going to beat that woman beater down."
- The fight was part of a six-fight deal Mayweather signed with Showtime, ending a 23-fight streak with HBO.
- As a build up to the fight, Showtime aired a 60-minute documentary, "30 Days In May," and "All Access," a four-part series which chronicled the month leading up to the fight.
- The price of the pay-per-view was $59.95 for standard definition and $69.95 for high definition.
- Ticket prices were $1,500, $1,250, $800, $600, $300 and $200. They went on sale Tuesday, March 12 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
- This was the 10th overall and 7th consecutive fight for Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was Guerrero's second appearance at the venue. In his previous fight at the MGM Grand, Guerrero scored a unanimous decision over Michael Katsidis (27-3) in April 2011.
- Among the boxers in attendance were Andre Berto, Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya, Danny Garcia, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz and Austin Trout. Other celebrities in the crowd included actor Don Cheadle, rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and basketball player Rajon Rondo.
- A crowd of 15,880 produced a gate of $9,922,350.
- Showtime announced that the fight generated 1 million pay-per-view buys, but some sources said the actual number was 875,000.
- Mayweather wore gold trunks with black trim and was escorted to the ring by rapper Lil' Wayne. Guerrero wore red trucks with white trim and came to the ring wearing a t-shirt which read "God Is Great."
Floyd Mayweather Jr. dominates
Associated Press, May 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- The defense was back, just like it used to be. Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dad was back, too, just like he used to be.
And Mayweather was a winner once again -- just like he always is.
Mayweather fought as if he had never left the ring, coming back from a year's absence Saturday night to win a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero in their welterweight title fight.
The game plan was defense, and Mayweather followed it perfectly. With his father directing from the corner after a 13-year absence, he dominated Guerrero in a performance not totally expected at the age of 36.
"I needed my father tonight," Mayweather said. "My defense was on point and he told me to stick with my defense and that the less you get hit the longer you last."
Mayweather was masterful at times, landing thudding right hands and bloodying Guerrero's face in a performance that mimicked some of his best fights. Mayweather hurt Guerrero on several occasions, including a series of right hands near the end of the eighth round that buckled Guerrero's knees.
All three judges scored the bout 117-111. The Associated Press had it 119-109.
"We did it again," Mayweather said after earning at least $32 million for his night's work. "I take my hat off to Robert Guerrero. He's a true warrior."
If it wasn't terribly pleasing to the crowd of 15,880, it was terribly effective. Mayweather made a fighter who hadn't lost in eight years look befuddled as he danced and moved and shot out right hands with increasing frequency.
He remained unbeaten in 44 fights and, more importantly, looked so fresh that he may follow through on his plan to fight again in September.
"I was looking for the knockout but I hurt my hand," Mayweather said. "I feel bad I didn't give the fans the knockout."
Mayweather was booed at times for not mixing it up more, but he didn't need to. He was content to move and land jabs and right hand leads, while Guerrero grew increasingly frustrated trying to chase him.
When Guerrero did hit him, Mayweather quickly got out of the way and, more often than not, landed a right hand of his own.
"I landed some good shots on him," Guerrero said. "He's a great fighter. He's slick and quick."
The fight at the MGM Grand arena settled into a familiar pattern from the third round on as Mayweather made adjustments and started landing some crisp right leads to Guerrero's head. Guerrero was eager to trade punches, but often couldn't find Mayweather, who had already moved out of range.
Before the fight there had been some concern about Mayweather having ring rust after going a year without a fight. But he didn't miss a beat, using his defensive skills to baffle Guerrero and keep him off balance.
Mayweather was a 5-1 favorite coming into the fight, but Guerrero was considered dangerous coming off a big win over Andre Berto. Guerrero hadn't lost in eight years, and vowed to be the first to beat Mayweather, now 44-0.
But he had never fought Mayweather, who got hit more than normal in his last fight against Miguel Cotto a year ago.
"Honestly, Floyd could have danced the whole night," Floyd Mayweather Sr. said. "There wasn't anything he couldn't do in there tonight."
Mayweather had crafted much of his career using his defense as his main weapon, and said he turned to his father -- who used to be his trainer -- to regain his old style.
"After the Cotto fight I realized my defense wasn't what it should be and I had to hone my skills," Mayweather said.
By the fifth round Mayweather's confidence was growing and he began landing some heavy right hands to Guerrero's head. Guerrero kept plodding after him, but paid the price as Mayweather shot counter right hands through his defenses
Mayweather was faster and stronger than Guerrero, who was fighting for only the third time at 147 pounds. Mayweather said he hurt his right hand while going after the knockout in the eighth round, but still managed to control the fight round after round.
Guerrero (31-2-1) was cut over his left eye in the eighth round, when Mayweather seemed on the verge of stopping him.
Ringside punch stats showed Mayweather landing 60 percent of his power punches, an unusually high rate. That included 23 of 30 power punches in the eighth round, when Guerrero was wobbled.
All told, Mayweather was credited with landing 195 punches to 113 for Guerrero.
"He ran like a chicken," said Guerrero's trainer and father, Ruben. "I thought we were going to go toe-to-toe with him."
Robert Guerrero didn't complain about Mayweather's style at all. Not when he wants to fight him again some day.
"I'm going to keep fighting and hopefully before Floyd Mayweather retires I'm going to get that shot again," Guerrero said.
Mayweather said he planned to fight again in September, a short turnaround for him, as part of a six-fight deal he has with the Showtime network.
- "Floyd Mayweather inks new PPV deal" ESPN.com, February 21, 2013
- "Mayweather has rematch clause" ESPN.com, May 2, 2013
- "Floyd Mayweather Jr. ties purse mark" ESPN.com, May 4, 2013
- "Floyd Mayweather Jr. dominates" ESPN.com, May 8, 2013
- "Guerrero's gun charges dismissed" ESPN.com, May 15, 2013
- "Canelo Alvarez Could Be Floyd Mayweather's Biggest Payday Ever" Forbes, May 30, 2013