Floyd "Money" Mayweather's performance during his last outing against Robert Guerrero brought out a mixed bag of emotions from the boxing community.
Those who enjoy the intricacies of the sweet science marveled at his genius inside the ring, while he picked Robert apart with his superior technique and savvy. Injuring his right hand midway through the fight didn't slow him down a bit.
Others weren't particularly thrilled with Floyd's performance, criticizing Mayweather for what they perceived as a "boring" fight.
While knowledgeable boxing fans were generally satisfied with Mayweather's performance against Guerrero, it turns out one of the most educated boxing aficionados himself, Floyd Mayweather, wasn't particular impressed with the way he fought.
"I wasn't impressed in my fight against Robert," Mayweather said. "I felt rusty, probably because I took a year off. But I'll be much sharper in this fight."
Floyd (44-0-0, 26 KOs) looked plenty sharp during his tilt against Guerrero, so it's safe to say Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) will in over his head when the two square up at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sept. 14 if Money indeed puts on a more dominant performance.
Still, with only a few days left before the two undefeated boxers find out who the better boxer is, Mayweather refuses to underestimate Canelo, giving the 23-year-old red-headed Mexican credit for his accomplishments inside the ring.
"He knocked [Carlos] Baldomir out; I went the distance with Baldomir," Mayweather added. "He's young. I've seen guys 22-0 versus 25-0. You've never seen a guy 44-0 versus a guy 42-0. Me as a boxing fan, I'd want to see two undefeated guys at the top fight each other."
Despite his over-the-top promotional tactics which typically include downplaying his opponent's abilities among other things, Mayweather isn't one to ever underestimate a challenger, and that trait is one of the many reasons Floyd remains undefeated as a professional boxer.
He might make fun of his opponent's flat-footed ways, or ridicule his lack of experience while promoting the fight, but it's pretty clear Mayweather treats every challenge like it's the biggest fight of his career.
It's that preparation, combined with his unmatched boxing IQ, defensive prowess, and unrelenting work ethic which makes Mayweather the undisputed pound-for-pound king in boxing right now. The very same reason he'll likely add Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to the long list of victims who have tried and failed to take his "0."