The undefeated pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather finally announced his next and final fight against Andre Berto.
The retirement seeking fight will be held September 12 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and will be live on Showtime pay-per-view and CBS. Though possibly a last appearance for Mayweather, the world seems to have zero interest because this is labeled an “easy victory to end retirement.”
Mayweather’s fights are usually the biggest and most extravagant scenes in boxing. He is quite arguably the most talented and accomplished fighter of his generation. With a win in this fight, Mayweather can tie the milestone 49-0 record of the great heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. He uses a defensive tactic to defeat his opponents. However, Andre Berto confidently believes that he is fast enough to compete with Mayweather’s defensive tactic and has a total of twenty-three knockouts to his credit.
During the Showtime press coverage, Mayweather said, “I always bring my A-game, and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception. He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before, and on Sept. 12, I am going to make it 49.”
Mayweather selected a fighter who is not ranked in the top ten welterweight class by Ring magazine or the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and one who has lost three of his last six fights. Mayweather selected Berto over other more competitive matchups. As detailed in the press and bleacher report, Mayweather would have been better off by defending his lineal welterweight championship against Kell Brook or his lineal junior middleweight championship against Erislandy Lara.
The media is upset with Mayweather’s decision to fight Andre Berto. Most people that are fans of Mayweather believe that even if it were free, it would be a terrible matchup. Recent comments from social media posts show that no one wants to see the fight, no one believes Berto has done anything to warrant the fight, and no one believes Berto will have a chance to win. The world will see what happens Sept 12, 2015.