It has been decided. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will make his final curtain call (probably not) on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on PPV. His opponent will be Andre Berto. Berto, once seen as a major force in the welterweight division, hasn’t been seen as such in the last few years.
Of course, there were much better options out there to the likes of Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Amir Khan, and Kell Brook. Additionally, there were also megafights in rematches with either Miguel Cotto or Canelo Alvarez, who both seemed to be waiting for Mayweather to make his choice before solidifying a deal with one another for around the same time. And, who could possibly not see the amazing possibility on paper of a match between Mayweather and undefeated middleweight champ, Gennady Golovkin. But, the deal is signed and we are told that it will be Mayweather’s last bout forever (never going to happen).
With all of those potential big money PPV fights possible, he’s not done.
That being said, in no way do I want to overlook the ability of Andre Berto. He may not have been the biggest name out there, but he is certainly no slouch. Berto has beaten the likes of Josesito Lopez, Juan Urango, Luis Collazo, and Carlos Quintana. He is an aggressive fighter, who will no doubt try to control the pace of the fight. Andre has been in wars with Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz. I’m happy that he has an opportunity to show what he can do. In the end, though, I anticipate a majority decision in favor of Mayweather.
Michael J. Feinberg
The Fighting News Reporter