Floyd “Money” Mayweather won a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero in a welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The triumph – Mayweather,36, finished easily ahead on the three judges’ scorecards – lifts his record to 44-0, while Guerrero, who was cut above his left eye, suffered the second loss of his career in dropping to 31-2-1. The judges at ringside were Duane Ford, Julie Lederman and Jerry Roth, all of whom scored the bout 117-111 for Mayweather.
Mayweather’s win was his first bout under the six-fight contract he signed in February with Showtime Networks and its parent CBS Corp. Along with CBS Sports Network, the premium network and broadcast leader provided expansive promotion and coverage of Mayweather-Guerrero.
Showtime, without specifying figures, has indicated that should Mayweather battle all six times under his contract, it would yield the richest individual athlete deal in all of sports, presumably some $200 million. It has been reported that Mayweather will earn a minimum of $32 million for his encounter with Guerrero.
The final buy-rate tally for Mayweather-Guerrero will come in the week ahead. Mayweather, who has drawn 1 million buys in each of his last four bouts, said earlier he would also look to fight in September. On Saturday night, Mayweather wouldn't definitively commit to meeting Mexican star Canelo Alvarez, 38-0, on Sept. 14, saying he want to assess a game plan with his family.
Mayweather said he hurt his right hand during the eighth round, when he was pushing for a knockout, according to reports.
According to Combubox statistics, Mayweather landed 195 of his 476 punches, or 41%, versus 113 of 581, or 19% for Geurrero. Mayweather delivered on 60% ofhis power shots, connecting on 153 of 254 attempts.