Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced on Aug. 4 he will defend his welterweight titles against Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sept. 12.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will fight Andre Berto on Sept. 12.
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ESPN's Dan Rafael confirmed the Mayweather-Berto bout in his Aug. 4 update. Mayweather said it will be his last fight.
It is also the last bout in his CBS/Showtime contract. The deal called for Mayweather to fight six times. He signed it in 2013, per Rafael.
There was speculation CBS will air Mayweather's next fight as a free telecast. Ring TV described this as a potential "payback" for his boring fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2.
Instead, Showtime Pay-Per-View will air the fight, per Ring TV.
Mayweather posted a photo of the upcoming bout on Instagram on Tuesday.
Mayweather will defend his WBC and WBA welterweight titles against Berto. He will also put his undefeated 48-0 record (with 26 knockouts) on the line, per ESPN.
He told Rafael he is confident he will win No. 49 on Sept. 12:
"I'm ready to get back in the ring and prove again to the whole world why I'm the best ever. I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no execption.
"He's a young, strong fighter who is hungery to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before and on Sept. 12, I'm going to make it 49."
If Mayweather wins, he will have as many wins as Rocky Marciano.
Marciano had a 49-0 record with 43 knockouts. The official Mayweather-Berto press release on BoxingInsider.com posted this record.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbee said his camp is excited, per BoxingInsider.com:
"'Money' Mayweather is back and the whole Mayweather promotions team is ready to build off the incredible record-breaking May 2 event. It's a pleasure to bring this great fight, plus the incredible undercard of action, to the fans in Las Vegas at MGM Grand.
"Andre Berto is a powerful fighter who presents a real danger to Floyd. He will have to use all of his skills to slow Berto down."
Berto is the current WBA welterweight interim champion. He has won 30 of his 33 bouts. He also has 23 knockouts, per ESPN.
Rocky Martinez-Orlando Salido & Badou Jack-George Groves will be on Floyd PPV undercard. 1 other fight will also be added to the PPV.— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) August 4, 2015
Rafael stresses Berto is just 3-3 in his last six bouts. Many experts believe Mayweather will beat him easily.
Nonetheless, Berto remains unfazed, per ESPN:
"I'm coming to kick Floyd's ass on Sept. 12. Best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I'm not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do. Somebody is getting knocked out and it won't be me. You don't want to miss this."
According to Ring TV, Berto is just the 10th preferred Mayweather opponent. Undefeated IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is No. 1 in the poll.
The undercard will feature a rematch Roman "Rocky" Martinez and Orlando "Siri" Salido.
Badou Jack "The Ripper" will take on "Saint" George Groves in another undercard bout. BoxingInsider.com confirmed this.
A fourth bout in the pay-per-view fight card will be announced soon, per BoxingInsider.com.
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