It’s been in talks for weeks, but it’s now reportedly confirmed—Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will be taking on Andre Berto in a fight scheduled for September 12 in Vegas. Although no formal announcement has been made yet, TMZ is reporting that they’ve confirmed the news with both boxers’ camps. And Berto has already commented on the upcoming fight, telling TMZ, “It’s a pleasure and honor to be in this position and I’m looking forward to capitalizing on every moment of it.”
Mayweather has said in the past that this match will be the final stretch of his boxing career, but a lot of people aren’t exactly thrilled. Many are speculating that the only reason Mayweather is taking on Berto is because he’s an easy adversary, which would help Mayweather retire as an undefeated champion. After his most recent triumph over Manny Pacquiao in what was dubbed the “Fight of the Century,” Mayweather is 48-0. Meanwhile, Berto is only 30-3 in his career. What’s more, one of his losses was against middling contender Robert Guerrero, who Mayweather has already beaten—it’s safe to say Berto is being pegged as an easy win for Mayweather.
Many sportscasters and reporters are forecasting a mediocre fight that will pale in comparison to what it could have been, especially if this is going to be Mayweather’s last bout. Again, it boils down to the theory that Mayweather is just looking for an easy win to secure his undefeated title. For instance, Kesley McCarson from Bleacher Report writes, “[Berto] possesses no attribute as a fighter that would lead any sane person to believe he’d be anything but a glorified sparring partner for Mayweather on fight night.”
On the plus side, there’s the possibility that the Mayweather-Berto fight will be aired by CBS, rather than a pay-per-view channel. And there’s also the chance that their past drama will add a little more excitement the fight. Berto claimed back in June that he believed Mayweather was behind a bunch of harassing prank phone calls he was getting, and all over a girl. “I know it’s him on the other line. I can hear him breathing,” Berto said at the time. Mayweather’s camp shot back, denying the claims and calling Berto “delusional.”
Davis, S., “Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent may confirm a popular theory about his final fight,” Business Insider web site, July 21, 2015; http://goo.gl/r1Vjjj.
“Floyd Mayweather: Andre Berto Is Delusional ‘He’s Not Even On My Speed Dial,’” TMZ web site, June 25, 2015; http://goo.gl/nVX8OD.