Floyd Mayweather beats Robert Guerrero - as it happened


Final thoughts

Well it-s 44-0 for Mayweather and there was little doubt about the outcome for most of the fight. The first couple of rounds were when Guerrero did most of his best work, though in retrospect, as with so many Mayweather fights the arc of the fight seemed pre-determined, and having found his range and his rhythm Mayweather picked off a frustrated Guerrero all night.

Canelo Alvarez next? Maybe. Whatever, I think we can maybe chalk the Cotto fight up to the weight category it was fought in, because this looked like vintage Mayweather. He did what he had to do to win and understood exactly the parameters needed to achieve victory. That's what he does at his best, and he did it easily tonight.

Thanks for all your tweets and emails tonight. Too many to use all of them, but thanks for staying up with me - especially our UK readers. Here's a final tweet for your pleasure in particular...

Robert Kelly (@robertkelly95)

@ it's just like Ronnie in the snooker. A year out means nothing if you're the most talented guy in your sport

Kevin's fight report will be up soon. In the meantime, good night.

Guerrero post-fight

Guerrero open his analysis with a testimony to his personal faith.

What next?

"Hopefully before retires I'm going to get that shot again."


"The less you get hit in this sport, the longer you last" is the lesson Mayweather credits to his father, in preparing for this fight. he claims he was looking for the knockout but that he "hurt my right hand midway through the fight".

"I've been in with some of the best."

Is he a changed man after his incarceration?

"I wouldn't wish being locked up on anyone...I'm thankful that I'm home. I want to spend some time with my family. And I'm ready to party with everybody in Las Vegas tonight."


Each judge has it 117-11. And Mayweather goes to 44-0.


Ruben Guerrero still talking trash after the final bell. "I thought we were going to go toe to toe" he heckles. And "He ran like a chicken..." 

He didn't. Guerrero was beaten. Scores now...

Round twelve

A sporting embrace between the two at the start of the round. Mayweather starts to dance around the ring, as he's bought the right to do with his job so far. Some of the crowd don't like it, but he's done the job comfortably and it's up to Guerrero to try and force the issue. credit to Guerrero — he's still coming forward, but as we ease into the final minute Mayweather holds on to him and then begins to release flurries of punches as the seconds count down. Guerrero finally forces the slightest of stumbles from Mayweather at the bell, but we go to the judges, with another Mayweather round in the books.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Round eleven

Championship rounds and Guerrero needs something special/lucky. Guerrero trying to close down the ring while Mayweather keeps on the move, occasionally swatting his opponent down if he threatens to get too close. Then in the second half of the round he starts to toy with guerrero by going toe-to-toe with him. He's done his research in the earlier rounds and believes he's tough enough and fast enough to take anything Guerrero has to offer. He does.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Matthew Rhodes (@Consortium_11)

@ It's time for Guerrero's corner to consider pulling him out. His father has to be a big enough man to not let his ego control him.

Arguably he deserves to go the final round at this point, but certainly it looks like there's nothing here for him...

Round ten

Guerrero is the younger fighter and may be hoping that he could stay in the fight long enough to make his youth count, but in leaving it so late to seize the initiative he's being forced into risky positions where Mayweather can catch him on the counter. He's trying to make the body punches count again, but is there enough time for it to make a difference? Guerrero still trying to work combinations but he's not troubling Mayweather unduly and Mayweather still landing his spare but potent punches at a high rate. Mayweather crouches low, almost resting his gloves on his thighs as he sees out the round. 

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Round nine

Guerrero desperately pushes Mayweather to the corner and tries to go to work on the body. He lands the first big punch of the round but it doesn't rattle Mayweather, though he does lift his hands up in defense again briefly. Though soon he's back at mid-range peering at Guerrero to pick his spot before flicking out another right to catch his opponent. A little bit of a sense of Guerrero injecting some urgency as the round goes on. He needs to, but as of yet it's not enough. A decent round for Guerrero in terms of effort and work rate. But he needs more than decent rounds right now.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Round eight

Guerrero gets cut by a punch and now looking marked up by the precise Mayweather jabbing. Getting a couple of emails likening this fight to the Hatton fight (hope the corner posts are well wrapped if that's the case). Mayweather holding his hands low as he peers at Guerrero - clearly he doesn't feel threatened by Guerrero, and as the seconds tick down he picks and chooses his opportunities to land at will, including with a big right hand that's almost a hook. This fight slipped away from Guerrero some time ago.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Matthew Rhodes (@Consortium_11)

@ I've given Floyd every round. The first two were somewhat close but since the third it's been a clinic. Mayweather cruising.


Round seven

Guerrero not being disgraced by any means, but he's lost the part of his gameplan that went for Mayweather's body, much to his father's chagrin. He begins to try and get back to the body, but Mayweather is happy to soak up the pressure and let his opponent punch himself out on the ropes without really threatening. Mayweather punching on the break when he can. Guerrero grinds through the round maybe hoping to tire Mayweather out but looking like he's doing as much damage to his own stamina. Better, sort of, from Guerrero, but it's another Mayweather round.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Round six

Mayweather's solution to the Guerrero style is basic but effective. Guerrero throws a solid flurry in the first minute, but they're all blocked solidly then Mayweather counters with a single effective right that gets through and scores. Guerrero looking frustrated, but he's the more active fighter in this round — just some doubt about his effectiveness. We may have seen this Mayweather fight before. he tags Guerrero again towards the end of the round, just to underline his contained dominance. We're halfway through the fight and Mayweather is winning.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Round five

Guerrero's punch rate has been much lower than usual so far in this fight, as Mayweather does, indeed, look to be setting the tempo — punctuating it with that sharp right jab from time to time every time Guerrero gets ambitious with his left. Guerrero tries to charge him into the corner, but Mayweather ducks out, and that familiar shoulder roll defense frustrates Guerrero. Mayweather really finding his rhythm and range with the right hand. Guerrero still coming forward, but there's a dogged quality to his work now.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Round four

Mayweather easing into his rhythm now as he begins to move, but Guerrero tags him with a left at close quarters early on. Stung, Mayweather hits right back with a right hand to remind Guerrero of who he's in with. Guerrero tries to corner Mayweather but even as the space opens up for an uppercut he seems hesitant to throw it and pays the price of a counter. A little exchange of unpleasantries as they go back to their respective corners.

Patty Caban writes:

"Waiting patiently to see Mayweather fall."

You may have to wait for another night...

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Round three

Mayweather right hand. Guerrero left hook. That's the story of the fight so far. Mayweather still occasionally looking more off balance than we expected, but suddenly he pops a straight right through Guerrero's guard in the middle of the round and it seems to give him the confidence to start a little bit of trademark showboating. Guerrero being caught more now as Mayweather finally starts to move laterally, but it's still early enough for Guerrero to keep tagging back strongly. Better from Mayweather though.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 10-9 Guerrero

Round two

Guerrero lunges forward at the bell and Mayweather skips back. For the first time Mayweather is pushed back to the ropes and caught well by Guerrero from distance. A disciplined performance so far from Guerrero. Mayweather has to skip out of a stumble near the ropes again in the middle of the round, which is remarkable mainly for being one of the few moments he isn;t flatfooted early on, as he does what he does best and makes Guerrero miss. He's probing and trying to lead, but so far Guerrero has the sharp counters. It's perhaps what we might expect from a Mayweather fact-finding mission but interesting to see when or if he changes the story. 

I'll give that one to Guerrero again. Just.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 9-10 Guerrero

Round One

We're underway and early on there's a clinch that allows Guerrero to land a couple of lefts on the inside. Another clinch after a Mayweather lead and Guerrero tries to rough him up, but Mayweather is strong enough to fend him off. Mayweather showing very little foot movement and standing right in front of Guerrero as he tries to lead with the right. Guerrero showing willing though, as he needs to early on, and landing well with counter punches to probably shade the first round.

Guardian unofficial scorecard:

Mayweather 9-10 Guerrero

Fighters introduced

Guerrero in red shorts, Mayweather is indeed in yellow snakeskin trunks. 

He finally begins to look preoccupied with the task ahead of him as his entourage shouts and holds his belts. Mayweather pacing until the pair are asked to touch gloves. 

Slight farce as the two dads get in front of the cameras to indulge in some last minute trash talking. But now it's down to the two sons.

Nearly ready for the off

Mayweather came in a pound under the weight limit by the way. 

Right. Lights dimmed here. Guerrero still looking tense and very still in his corner. Mayweather bouncing around in his corner and going through a relaxed aerobic warm-up routine, while we get the pre-fight preamble from Jimmy Lennon Jr. He extolls the virtues of the new Star Trek movie(!) and finally..."Iiiiiiiiiiiit's Showtime..."

Fashion watch

The new look mature Mayweather appears to be walking to the ring wearing a bright yellow snakeskin jacket. 

Paul Overstreet is not impressed:

"Mayweather is a bum. He studies fighters until he finds one that he thinks he has an advantage over, then he takes the fight. That's what they mean by cherry picking. He won't take the fights he's unsure of. He'll always be suspect until he fights the real fighters."

The ring still packed with assorted hangers on and cameramen.

Mayweather ring walk

Big cheer for Guerrero as he enters the ring, flanked by his dad in his usual fedora and shades. Then the noise level rises as Mayweather makes his way to the ring flanked by, er, Lil Wayne. Who at least isn't Justin Bieber.

Ooh, it's a montage

Bang, punch, brass stab, lights, glower, sound bite, punch. 

Let's do this.

OK. Robert Guerrero is starting his ring walk in a "God is Great" T-shirt. He looks rather tense, as well he might.

An email, from Ben in Seoul:

Just enjoying a lunch-time beverage here in Seoul whilst waiting for Mayweather to destroy the latest pretender.

Still think Guerrero could go a few rounds though, he's got heart and the PPV audience will want a few rounds at least considering how short the undercard has been so far.

One last check in with Kevin Mitchell...

"Not long now - but the anticipation nowhere near what it was for, say, Hatton or De La Hoya. Shaun Edwards, the Guardian's ex-GB rugby league great, a big boxing fan, is here and likes Mayweather on points. Not lonely there, Shaun."

It certainly sounds a little muted. Though a nice reaction for Kelly Rowland singing the US anthem.

One last word on that last fight from Matthew Rhodes...

Matthew Rhodes (@Consortium_11)

@ Mares has to be high on P4P lists now... his run of opponents and victories puts basically every other boxer to shame.


The main event is imminent. So sayeth the sponsors...

Mayweather looking relaxed as he warms up. 

National anthems being sung now...

Everyone's a critic...

Bryan Martin (@tweetBmartin)

@ will you be blogging faster for the mayweather fight?

I plan to cover the fight by telex transcribed from postcards I'll be sending myself at two week intervals. 

Pre-fight films showing now. Mayweather claiming he "just happens to have two of the best trainers in the world in my family."


Ponce de Leon might feel aggrieved, as the incumbent champion, at the speed with which the fight was stopped. He was in a lot of trouble on the ropes but he was defending himself and punching back when the referee jumped in. Though having criticized the ref in the Munoz vs Santa Cruz fight earlier for letting it go on too long, it's fair to say that it's a thankl;ess task being a referee.

Mares is the new WBC world featherweight champion. 

Undercard still going...

Ponce de Leon quite happy to let this become as scrappy as it's become in these middle rounds. It's making Mares look a little flatfooted (speaking of which these fighters have been stepping on each others' toes all night).

It's poised nicely, as you suspect either one of these fighters is capable of catching the other...

...and just as I type that Mares catches Ponce de Leon with a stunning right with a minute to go in the 9th...then he follows up with a flurry and the referee jumps in. Mares wins!

And now the fouls start...

Mares is clearly holding Ponce de Leon who replies with a clearly low blow. The referee looks distinctly unimpressed by both men.

The ringside cameras show Guerrero's last opponent Berto, with his eyes somewhat less closed than when we last saw him.

Don't go anywhere...

Victor Ortiz is being interviewed ringside about his appearance on "Dancing with the Stars", while rocking the type of white collar stripey shirt combination that speaks of a man who thinks nothing of tapdancing on his dignity.

Mares and Ponce de Leon has got a little messy, with Ponce de Leon perhaps shading the 5th round and Mares back on top in the 6th. Probably a decent lead for Mares. 

Don't forget Mayweather and Guerrero will be up next.

It’s Showtime

Let’s get ready to rumble ... Whatever happens tonight, this fight could mark a certain changing of the guard. Showtime have been steadily increasing their boxing coverage again over the last couple of years, and becoming much more aggressive in the US market. Landing the Mayweather fight from HBO is by far their biggest coup since Mike Tyson’s peak years though. Interesting to see what traction they can gain from tonight.

It means no Michael “Let’s get ready to Rumble!” Buffer, and of course no Larry Merchant. The 81 year old Merchant hadn’t had his contract renewed anyway by HBO, so wouldn’t have led the coverage tonight, which is perhaps a shame given his infamous “if I was 50 years younger” beef with Money May.

Instead we have the spiky analysis of Paulie Malignaggi ringside, and most pertinently of all (and what you’re all dying to know) the fight will be prefaced by Jimmy Lennon Jr’s rallying cry of “It’s Showtime!” 

Ponce de Leon inching back into the fight a little in the 4th, but Mares still demonstrably faster. 

Undercard update (round three)

Ponce De Leon, looking for the right from Mares, is caught by a clubbing left hook and then again with the right as he crashes to the canvas. He's up immediately and the bell goes, but that's an early warning from the gifted Mares who's going to work now in the third. He's visibly faster than his opponent, though Poce de Leon has landed a fair few punches. This one bubbling along nicely.

What's next?

Let’s say Guerrero wins — his next fight could well be a mandatory rematch, as written into his contract for this fight. 

If Mayweather wins, promoter Oscar De La Hoya, speaking to Corey Erdman of Fight Network earlier this week, said,

Obviously there's several opponents that Mayweather can face after this fight here on Saturday, or who knows? Maybe Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero's gonna surprise and shock the world. There's different possibilities when you talk about Canelo or Amir Khan facing Floyd Mayweather, Guerrero facing Canelo. There's different fights that we can make where the fans are really gonna be content, and just watching these gladiators go at it inside that squared circle. Who knows what's gonna happen? We have to wait until Saturday night. And that's why it's so interesting, because the outcome of this fight is gonna actually put the winner in position to face a Canelo Alvarez or an Amir Khan.

Khan. Hmmm. Thoughts?

Ponce de Leon and Mares just exchanged a rather tasty flurry of punches in the second round, with Mares perhaps landing the bigger punches...and he's down at the bell! One two combination from Mares!

Final undercard fight is underway: Ponce de Leon vs Mares

The final fight on the undercard is an interesting clash between Daniel Ponce de Leon and Abner Mares. There’s been a fair amount of minor key hype (a lot of it emanating from Showtime it must be said) suggesting that these two Mexican fighters could just steal the show tonight, on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Mares is probably the favorite tonight, despite stepping up a weight, but this might fall some way short of the classic it’s being touted as. It could just as likely be an ugly spectacle of tactical fouls (knowing my luck...). 

One man who’ll be a winner either way, will be Frank Espinoza, who manages both the former Olympians...

More emails

Matt Rhodes, one of our boxing regulars in these parts, drops by to try to address Thomas Jenkins question on disliked boxers:

On the hated World Class boxer thing... Max Schmeling after the second Louis bout? In the US he'd been unfairly portrayed as a Nazi while back in Germany his loss to a black man meant that the Nazi regime itself abandoned him and tried to ruin his name.

While perhaps not on the Mayweather level of dislike (or talent), Haye has managed to rub a vast number of people the wrong way over time... as did Hamed.

Meanwhile, the present day clapometer is in full effect ringside as the camera does that celeb-hunting thing, as Kevin notes:

Camera panning the Garden for celebs, and Amir Khan gets just an edge in cheers over boos, and louder than Victor Ortiz, but biggest buzz for Evander Holyfield who, as ever, looks in great shape - in a suit, anyway.

Daddy issues

Speaking of Mayweather Sr, what is it with the parents these days? If it’s not Angel Garcia’s , it’s the older Mayweather's ongoing running of the mouth, and now this week Guerrero’s father and trainer Ruben ranting that . Mayweather Sr., back in his son’s corner in the latest development of their tumultuous relationship, too exception to these remarks and the two dads nearly came to blows after the final press conference this week. Which would have been, depending on your perspective a) the greatest “my dad is harder than your dad” contest we’ve ever seen or b) just...no.

Meanwhile their two sons were trying out their own trash-talking skills in this rather bizarre green screen face off (presumably allowing chroma key footage of dinosaurs and car chases to be added in later):

Though by the time Mayweather had endured that final bout of dad-dancing at the press conference, even the man who lives for showmanship seemed to have lost his appetite for it:

Kevin is back

All those knockdowns in the last fight were probably rather avoidable, as Kevin is quick to point out in his latest missive:

The referee in the junior-feather (super-bantam in our argot) fight between Leo Santa Cruz from LA and the old Venezuelan Alexander Munoz was one Vic Drakulich. Given he let Munoz take about 50 punches too many before stopping it (after the guy's cornerman just wandered into the ring after a knockdown in the fifth), Dracula might have been more appropriate. It's a blood sport, but not butchery. Poor, poor refereeing. That said, Cruz cruised. Classy fighter.

Guerrero being interviewed now, claiming

No nerves, nothing. I'm excited — I can't wait.

Meanwhile, an eerily calm Mayweather is being interviewed and asked if there's anything about the build up to this one that's got under his skin:

I don't worry at all. His father said some negative things. My father said some negative things to him. Now it's about the two fighters...I always control the tempo

Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero

While we're waiting for the final undercard fight to get underway, here's some more on Guerrero...

Guerrero had something of a patchy record in his featherweight days, and were that the sum total of his achievements as a fighter there might have even been a ring of truth to Mayweather’s claim not to have heard of him. But his dominant performance against Andre Berto, during which time he pressed the more favored fighter relentlessly en route to the win put him to the forefront of the available contenders.

“The ghost” is a decent southpaw, which may cause Mayweather problems early on. In fairness, he wouldn’t be the first boxer to cause Mayweather problems early on in fights, or appear to — though Mayweather is a past master of turning opponents’ supposedly good rounds into opportunities to study their weaknesses and make adjustments later. It’s a strategy that ultimately saw off Zab Judah, and in a slightly different style, Cotto. Guerrero may have to hope that the six years he has on Mayweather are enough to expand that initial adjustment period into a truly testing one for his opponent. As we’ve noted, Mayweather may be more prone to being caught these days, and Guerrero may have the style that gives him the best chance of catching Mayweather. The question is, does he have the speed?

An email

Thomas Jenkins emails in to ask the question that everyone, everywhere, always writes in to ask every time I liveblog a fight: "What time does the fight start? In England..."

Squinting at my American clock and adding a few hours, and trying to work out how the undercard is going, I'd say the earliest likely time is around 4.15am GMT time, 11.15pm ET. Though that might have been complicated by the fact that Alexander Munoz just got dumped on the canvas early in a sparky third round with Leo Santa Cruz. He may be heading for his fourth defeat on American soil and we may soon be on to the last undercard fight.

Anyhow, doubtless Thomas has wandered off to bed having heard my answer. Which is a shame, as he may be missing the crowd-sourced answer to the following question that he also poses:

One for everyone else: has there ever been a more widely disliked truly world class boxer than Floyd Mayweather? I can only really think of Jack Johnson, but I don't think we can count him here, 'cause he was mainly hated by the majority of white America simply because they couldn't accept a black man as the heavyweight champ. There's Ali, of course, but even when he was at his most reviled owing to Vietnam, he had as many supporters as haters. Anyone?

Ivan Drago?

Munoz just got knocked down again in the 4th by the way. He looks thoroughly fed up in the corner. Actually, another edit to that — he got knocked down again in the 5th and that's that. It's stopped.

Growing old gracefully

Earlier this week, Erik Raskin wrote , on what might be a blueprint for how to beat Mayweather, that contained the following remark:

The notion of an athlete growing old “overnight" is mostly a myth; it almost always occurs gradually. In the case of boxers, sure, one punch can ruin a man. But typically, that one punch was the logical successor to dozens of other punches, spread over several fights, that the boxer in question would have slipped in his younger days.

This is where the early stages of that Cotto fight becomes interesting. For while Raskin also points to flashpoints in the earlier Castillo and Judah fights, the Cotto fight was one where Mayweather was hit more, looked a fraction slower, and generally had to dig deeper into his armory of skills and experience to get the victory. Though it’s also true to say that he’d gone up in weight for the fight, and tonight’s fight might give a truer reflection of where he stands, notwithstanding the complicating factor of his jail time.

But Mayweather will be well aware of the recent fate of the man whose reputation is intertwined with his — Manny Pacquiao — for whom the “dozens of other punches” looked to have caught up with him, in the form of that ruinous counter punch in that last fight with Marquez. And for all his self-confidence, Mayweather wouldn’t have been human if he didn’t shudder a little at the sight of Pacquiao coming  — especially since it was fairly clear Pacman was pursuing a fight plan born of necessity (his long term calf injuries having robbed him of the explosive power he was able to generate at the height of his powers). 

Simply put, even a boxer with the exquisite timing of a Mayweather is likely to get hit more frequently between now and the end of his career if he keeps up a decent caliber of opponent. Younger men will decide it’s worth the risk to fight in bursts against him and the odds of the occasional such burst getting through surely increase with each passing month. How or if Mayweather outlasts that exponential increase in pressure may either blur or enhance his reputation.

Anyway, since we’ve mentioned it a few times already tonight, here are some highlights from the Cotto fight:


Kevin mails in from ringside

J'Leon Love, being heartily booed during his interview after being gifted a split decision over Gabriel Rosado, who, as it happens, does not fight for Floyd or live in Las Vegas and doesn't have an unbeaten record.

One judge gave it 95-94 for the Philadelphian, which I thought was fair, seeing he knocked the favourite down and beat him up in the ninth. The other officials saw it 97-92 (ludicrous) and 95-94 (reasonable). Lot of early rounds hard to score, so they were points in the bank, it seems, on the big score for Love.

"I fought my heart out," Rosado said. He did. Love didn't know what town he was in the last six minutes of the fight.

Love sounded almost apologetic in the post-fight interviews.


Undercard: Rosado vs Love

We’re underway with the televised part of the undercard here in Las Vegas. Gabriel Rosado and J’Leon Love opening it up with a feisty enough affair that Love was perhaps winning until getting clipped neatly on the counter at the end of round 6, to send him to the canvas for the first time in his young career. Love didn’t panic, but the fight tightened up for a couple of rounds as Rosado began to find his range with his right hand. After which the fight ebbed and flowed entertainingly to go the distance, before Love held on to take a split decision (95-94 Rosado 97-92 Love 95-94 Love).

Rosado had six losses coming into tonight and this was an important fight for him. He certainly played his part despite the result, but the evening belonged to Love (that may be the last time we say that tonight...).


Evening all. Welcome to the umpteenth enquiry into Floyd Mayweather’s legacy. 

Will this one be conclusive? Well, every time the “face of boxing” has stepped into the ring since, say, the age of 30, it’s been to a muttered chorus of speculation as to whether this, finally, is the moment where time catches up with his prodigious, bewildering defense and ring smarts. And every time, he’s rolled his shoulders as though to shrug off the doubts, and left the ring a winner, only for the chorus to regroup and get louder in the build-up to the next fight.

Mayweather is 36 now and his 44th fight, against the well-prepared and credible Robert Guerrero (30), comes with the added distraction of for domestic battery and harassment last year — a sentence he served only after beating Miguel Cotto in his last fight before tonight’s. For those anticipating the end of Mayweather, that fight was an intriguing one. Mayweather looked slower than previous fights, but still — eventually — had more than enough for Cotto, and in theory that should be the case tonight as well. Guerrero is a fine fighter, and his last fight, against Andre Berto, he produced . He’s well prepared too, by most independent accounts, but the consensus persists that Mayweather should still be too much for him.

Mayweather’s certainly banking on that. The fight is the first of a scheduled May and September annual program intended to take the boxer up to retirement in 30 months time. At which time, assuming he negotiates each of those fights, the questions about Mayweather’s legacy will become about his place in the pantheon, rather than whether any of his peers had successfully found him out in his later fights. Indeed, at 36, there’s a fair argument for saying that even anyone who beats him now, is not beating Mayweather in his prime, and that his past fights may have brought us as close as we’re going to get to knowing just what he is capable of in the ring. Let’s see.

I’ll be back later on with more build up, including dropping in on the undercard, and then I’ll be with you for live coverage of the fight. In the meantime make yourself sound knowledgeable for whoever you’re watching the fight with, with our handy primers from the excellent Kevin Mitchell. Kevin’s profile of the deeply religious Guerrero is , his profile of the new, mellow Floyd Mayweather and his extraordinary family is , and the preview of the fight itself is . Then just to make sure you’ve been listening you can read what happened . And hopefully we’ll be hearing more from Kevin, who’s ringside, as the evening goes on.

Or if you prefer pretty pictures to fine phrasing, you could always try and scroll through the glowering, brooding, posturing and relentless graphics of the obligatory All Access documentaries that Showtime have produced in the lead up to this one. 

 (nothing personal)

 (this time it's personal)

 (no need to get personal...)

 (the personal is political)

And if you make it through all those before I get back, just remember that it’s a long night and maybe you should have paced yourself better (just as ). If you still need something to do you can always drop me a line on Twitter to or email to [email protected] with your predictions, views from the moral high ground, and musings on southpaws, and I’ll see you a little later.