Floyd Mayweather Jr. detractors no doubt cringed last night as the WBC welterweight champion easily handled Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. While Mayweather’s cocky attitude and non-stop yammering does tend to rub people the wrong way, he still stands as pound-for-pound the greatest active fighter in the sport.
Mayweather cruised to a unanimous decision against Guerrero to remain undefeated in his 44 career fights. The uneventful bout resulted in Guerrero’s only second career loss as a pro, thus further proving Mayweather’s dominance.
The key to Mayweather’s success was a stealthy defense. Most boxing pundits would agree that Mayweather has lasted so long in the sport because he knows how to not get hit. That was on display Saturday night when Guerrero was desperate to rough up the outspoken veteran, but simply failed to.
Coming off of a lackluster performance last year against Miguel Cotto, some fans might have assumed Mayweather was on the final leg of his career, especially at the age of 36. Last night showed that Mayweather still is in top form — how often he chooses to step in the ring remains to be seen.
Mayweather has already told the media that he is planning to fight again but the opponent has not been determined. Many have accused the star of selecting opponents that he is confident he can beat. These allegations were only furthered when he could not come to an agreement with Manny Pacquiao, a match-up that the entire boxing world would like to see.
If Mayweather continues to line up a schedule with cupcakes (relatively speaking) his million-dollar appeal just might lose its luster.
Few would argue, though, that Mayweather is indeed the best fighter in the sport right now, if not among the best of all time. When compiling a list of the top fighters in the world currently, you would have to throw in these names, as well:
- Manny Pacquiao: Even though he is coming off of two straight losses, Pacquiao simply must be in the conversation as a top fighter in the sport. His losses were to well-respected fighters. He still carries a 54-5-2 record and has been revered by essentially every member of the boxing and sports media.
- Timothy Bradley: Meet one of the men behind Pacquiao’s two recent losses. Bradley remains undefeated at 30-0-0 (and one no contest). He is currently the WBO Welterweight champion.
- Juan Manuel Marquez: At the age of 39, Marquez is still going strong. Since 2006, his only losses were to Pacquiao and Mayweather. With a record of 55-6-1, he has a huge bout coming up in September with Timothy Bradley. That will be a primetime fight.
- Andre Ward: Moving to super middleweight, Ward is 26-0-0 and is regarded by some as the top fighter in the sport. He claimed a Gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
- Canelo Alvarez: Many want to see Mayweather get in the ring with Alvarez, who is also undefeated at 31-0-1 and may be the plucky upstart (22 years old) to take Mayweather’s spot on the throne. He has 31 wins by knockout, proving he is more physical than Mayweather.