Mayweather relishes freedom in one-sided return
Floyd Mayweather Jr delivered another masterclass by defeating World Boxing Council welterweight title challenger Robert Guerrero on points in Las Vegas, lifting his career record to 44-0. The American boxer, a multiple-weight world champion, is nigh on peerless.
The year outside the ring, including two months in jail, had done nothing to diminish Mayweather's class, movement, timing or desire inside the ring, as he earned a unanimous decision 117-111 on all three judges' cards after dominating the fight. Mayweather admitted afterwards to a new maturity after his stint in jail for domestic abuse, having been released in August last year.
"I wouldn't wish being locked up on anyone," he said minutes after his victory. "That's a rough position being locked up 23 hours a day with one hour out. I'm thankful I'm home and spending time with my family."
What was clear from the first bell is that Mayweather's skills have not diminished, even at the age of 36. He was in front throughout in a one-sided contest. Guerrero admitted: "He's a great fighter, slick and quick."
This was the first in a six-fight deal with US broadcaster Showtime, after which Mayweather's career earnings could exceed $500m.
Elsewhere, Wladimir Klitschko put on a show for the watching David Haye as he stopped the unbeaten Francesco Pianeta in six rounds in their heavyweight title fight in Mannheim.
The Ukrainian put his plucky yet out-of-his-depth challenger on the canvas three times, finishing the job with a punishing right hand as he won for an 18th successive time.
He knew Haye – back in pursuit of his and brother Vitali's belts after firming up his bout with Manuel Charr – was commentating at ringside, and showed the British hopeful of what is standing in his way if he wants to get a world title back.
Pianeta was down first of all in the fourth and then walked into a jab-cross combination in the fifth. He stood for the count of both but was told there would be no more punishment when he was dumped again in the sixth. It was Klitschko's 51st career knockout as the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion extended his record to 60-3.
Haye fights Charr in Manchester on June 29 with a view to working his way to becoming a mandatory challenger for either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko, the WBC champion. Haye lost on points to Wladimir in Hamburg in July 2011. (© Daily Telegraph, London)