Floyd Mayweather takes on Andre Berto in Las Vegas this Saturday night, but can ‘Money’ extend his unbeaten record to 49-0?
Mayweather has billed this as his last ever fight and while many don’t believe the 38-year-old, if it is the case then he will want to go out in style.
Pay-per-view figures aren’t impressive according to reports, but that was to be expected given the initial reaction to the announcement that Berto had been chosen for the historic event.
While the challenger will represent a threat to Mayweather, essentially this is a case of being the 49th man to try and take that ‘0’. 48 have tried and failed before him, and unfortunately for Berto, his name will be added to the list come Saturday night in Vegas.
The former welterweight champion will be a threat, and his style should result in the type of competitive and entertaining fight that many had hoped May 2 would have provided.
There have even been suggestions that Mayweather has specifically focused on power and conditioning in order to produce a spectacular last outing, and the opportunities will certainly present themselves to take his opponent out before the final bell.
Prediction: Nevertheless, this will likely stick to the script and it would come as no surprise if Mayweather overcomes some tricky moments to dominate the fight and get the vote of all three judges after 12 rounds. A unanimous decision is the call and even though he’ll stick by his statement that he’ll be walking out the ring for the final time in his post-fight interview, expect him to be walking out again in 2016.
George Groves faces Badou Jack for the WBC super-middleweight world title on the undercard, with the event expected to start at around 1am (UK time).
Mayweather and Berto are expected to ring-walk at around 4am (UK time), and the fight can be watched through BoxNation.