Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought as if he had never left the ring, coming back from a year's absence to win a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero in their welterweight-title fight in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. 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.
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.
“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.”
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Mayweather, who was a 5-1 favorite, is unbeaten in 44 fights and Guerrero dropped to 31-2-1.
Mayweather was booed at times by the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd of 15,880 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.
Mayweather said he hurt his right hand while going after the knockout in the eighth round.
“I feel bad I didn’t get the knockout tonight that the fans wanted,” Mayweather said. “I was still trying to go for the knockout but it didn’t happen.”
• Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine stopped Francesco Pianeta of Italy at 2:52 of the sixth round in Mannheim, Germany, to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
Klitschko is 60-3 with 52 knockouts. Cancer survivor Pianeta is 28-1-1.