Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather (black gloves) and Robert Guerrero (red gloves) during their WBC Welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won unanimously. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
LAS VEGAS -- Everyone has a game plan, welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. likes to say. Saturday night, Robert Guerrero joined a growing list of busted blueprints and broken dreams.
Mayweather, an eight-time, five-division world champion during a remarkable 17-year pro career, preserved his unblemished record when he coasted to a unanimous 12-round decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
As his own promoter, Mayweather might even make a better matchmaker than he does a fighter. Guerrero was made to order for the champion's superior speed and ring savvy. Mayweather said he hurt his right hand during the fight..
Using effective lateral movement and explosive lead right hands, the 36-year-old champion and former Olympic bronze medalist dominated the bout against his outclassed opponent. Mayweather pot-shotted Guerrero at will as the challenger fruitlessly tried to box the champion from the outside when he wasn't using rough-house tactics on the inside.
Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) was making his 21st world title appearance.
"I feel bad I didn't get the knockout tonight," Mayweather said.
"No one has found a way to break the Mayweather code,'' the champion said in the weeks leading to his mandatory WBC title defense of the 147-pound crown.
The challenger, a 30-year-old native of Gilroy, Calif., nicknamed "The Ghost,'' had not lost a fight since 2005. Guerrero is 31-2-1.
"That's why he's the champion," Guerrero said. "He was barelky slipping by the punches. Floyd's a great defensive fighter. I thought I was going to catch him."
The bout was Mayweather's first since May of 2011 when he pounded out a 12-round decision against Miguel Cotto. In that fight, the champion was hit more than ever had been in his 17-year career.
Mayweather was paid a guaranteed $32 million for the fight with a potential upside that could reach upwards of $40 million depending upon ticket and pay-per-view TV sales.