Floyd Mayweather did what was expected of him Saturday, outclassing overmatched Henry Bruseles in recording an easy eighth-round TKO in Miami.
It was “Pretty Boy” from beginning to end, as Bruseles could offer little competition for the multi-talented, two-division champion. Mayweather dominated with his trademark hand speed, sweeping every round before stopping the Puerto Rican after two knockdowns in the eighth round.
The fight was stopped with five seconds to go in the round as Mayweather improved to 33-0 with 22 knockouts.
“I knew if he kept taking shots, I would break him down,” Mayweather said.
It was Mayweather’s second appearance at 140 pounds. Now, he’ll wait for the outcome of next week’s showdown between Arturo Gatti and Jesse James Leija in Atlantic City.
A Mayweather-Gatti fight is reportedly in the works for this summer, providing Gatti defeats Leija.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” Mayweather said.
But Mayweather also expressed interest in fighting Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley, both of whom are rumored to be dropping to the welterweight division from the middleweight and junior middleweight classes, respectively.
And, of course, he said he’d be willing to get it on with the king of the junior welterweights, recognized champion Kostya Tszyu.
“I’d love to fight Kostya Tszyu,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather certainly looked capable of defeating any of the aforementioned fighters. His hand speed and reflexes were extraordinary, and Bruseles hardly landed a glove on the Grand Rapids, Mich., native. Mayweather boxed early, but once he realized that Bruseles could offer little competition, he stood shoulder to shoulder and banged with him.
Rights, counter rights, left hooks, body shots – Mayweather hit Bruseles with everything.
Between rounds, Mayweather argued with uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather. But, afterwards, the fighter told HBO’s Larry Merchant there was “no dispute.”
In the main support to Mayweather-Bruseles, heavyweight Samuel Peter improved to 22-0 with 19 knockouts, stopping Yanqui Diaz on a 5th round TKO. Peter put the soft, gawky-looking Diaz down five times.
“I’m ready,” Peter told Merchant. “Vitali Klitschko has what I want.”