Floyd Mayweather Jr., fighting for the first time since serving two months in jail for domestic violence, won a unanimous decision again Robert Guerrero to remain undefeated in 44 bouts and retain his World Boxing Council welterweight title.
Mayweather, 36, went 12 rounds with the 30-year-old Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, winning by 117-111 on each of the three judges’ cards.
“It was an amazing night,” Mayweather said in a televised interview. “He was a true warrior.”
Mayweather landed 153 of 254 power punches for 60 percent compared with 81 of 290 for Guerrero.
“The less you get hurt in this sport, the longer you last,” said Mayweather who wore yellow snakeskin trunks. “I feel bad I didn’t get a knockout tonight, but I hurt my hand midway through the fight.”
Mayweather, who was named Forbes magazine’s highest-paid athlete after receiving $85 million for two fights in 2011, earned $32 million to take on Guerrero who got $3 million.
The winner still has five fights ahead of him on Showtime, although his next opponent in September has not been named.
“I had good work for this fight,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather, who weighed 146 pounds, has 26 knockouts in his 44 fights. Guerrero, fighting at 147 pounds, has 18 knockouts in 31 wins, two losses and one draw.
“He was barely slipping by punches,” Guerrero said. “He’s a great fighter. He was on his game tonight.”
Since Mayweather’s last fight a year ago against Miguel Cotto, he spent more than two months in jail for assaulting the mother of his children.
“I wouldn’t wish being locked up 23 hours a day with one out on anyone,” he said.
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