Mayweather injures hand in win over Guerrero; September fight questionable
By Dan Ambrose: There’s good news and possibly bad news about tonight’s total domination victory by WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
First the good news: Mayweather easily beat Guerrero by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 117-111, 117-111, and 117-111.
Now for the bad news: Mayweather says he injured his right hand in the victory, and he showed his hand after the fight and it looked badly, badly injured and I wouldn’t be surprised if Mayweather broke it.
The reason why this is a negative is because Mayweather had plans on fighting in September, and if he did suffer a broken hand, then it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be able to fight at that time. We’ll find out more about the hand injury by tomorrow if not tonight.
For a fighter who hadn’t fought since last year in May, Floyd looked very good. He looked very fast of hand and also showed good mobility in getting around the ring and eluding Guerrero’s crude attempts to land his punches. It looked like Mayweather made it a purpose to focus on his defense for this fight rather than going toe-to-toe with Guerrero the way that Mayweather had fought his last opponent Miguel Cotto last year in May.
It’s scary to think about what Mayweather would have done to Guerrero had he not injured his hand because Mayweather had Guerrero on the verge of being stopped in the 8th round, and all it would have taken was another big round like that in the 9th or 10th rounds and the fight would have been over.
I imagine WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wasn’t too happy to learn about Mayweather’s injury because that might make it impossible for Mayweather to fight Canelo even if he were willing to fight the 172 pound fighter and give Canelo a 205 pound weight advantage.