MANILA, Philippines – A boxing analyst from RingTV sang Floyd Mayweather Jr. praises after the American superstar kept his professional record spotless with a clinical demolition of Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero last Saturday in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, fighting for the first time in nearly a year, found his rhythm early in the bout and consistently landed his right hand against Guerrero. With his footwork, speed and reflexes, he often had "The Ghost" missing his punches.
In his "Weekend Review" column, RingTV.com editor Michael Rosenthal said Mayweather "painted a masterpiece" against the overmatched Guerrero.
"Consider that Robert Guerrero, his opponent, is a very good, proven veteran with uncommon mental toughness. And Mayweather made him look utterly clueless," wrote Rosenthal. "That's how good he is."
Rosenthal lauded Mayweather's defensive skills, noting that "Guerrero barely touched him."
"Mayweather also picked his prey apart in clinical fashion, landing a ridiculous 60% of his power punches… It was beautiful to watch, even if his dominance precluded any significant drama," he said.
"Mayweather said he plans to fight five more times. Enjoy it while you can. He's a once-in-a-generation gem," he added.
As for Guerrero, Rosenthal expects "The Ghost" to recover from the loss and remain one of the top contenders in the division.
"Guerrero never stopped trying (against Mayweather), but the disparity in talent made it all but impossible for him to compete. So much for the momentum that Guerrero had established in his climb to elite status," he wrote.
"The good news is that there is no shame in losing to Mayweather, who has done the same thing to so many other fighters before Guerrero," he added.
Rosenthal pointed to Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, who lost to Mayweather via unanimous decision in 2009 but remained one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
"Marquez didn't lose much respect and bounced back strongly," Rosenthal said. "Guerrero is young (30) and strong-willed."
"He has overcome plenty of adversity in the past, both personal and professional. You can bet he'll be in the mix for more big fights. And don’t be surprised if he succeeds," he added.