It’s official – Floyd Mayweather’s opponent for September 12th is Andre Berto.
It had been widely reported in recent months that Mayweather was likely to fight the Floridian, in what the pound for pound king claims is his last hurrah. “The Money team”, however, were slow about officially announcing the fight.
Last night, less than six weeks from fight night, it was finally confirmed.
It is a fight that absolutely nobody in boxing wanted to see. Berto has done nothing whatsoever to deserve this shot. The once highly regarded welterweight has won two in a row since his return from a 14 month layoff, which was necessitated by a serious shoulder injury. In the 4 fights previous to the break though, Berto had lost 3, a run that included defeats to Floyd Mayweather victims, Victor Ortiz and Roberto Guerrero. Worst of all, Berto was knocked out by tough, but limited journeyman Jesus Soto Karass.
This is not the resume of a man who should be taking on the biggest name in the sport.
It remains to be seen whether this fight is Floyd’s farewell performance, but the level of opponent indicates that it is likely to be. It is a safe choice which will allow him to secure his 49th career win before riding off into the sunset. Coming off the back of his involvement in the biggest fight in boxing history, and having fought a tough schedule of opponents in recent times, he has earned the right to take an easier assignment.
It is not, however, the sort of action that will enhance his legacy.
One thing that can be said for his next opponent, however, is that he always comes to fight. Berto has been involved in some real wars throughout his career, and even in the amateurs was known for his willingness to engage in high contact battles.
Hopefully, he can provide some moments of excitement on the biggest night of his boxing life.
Something along these lines would be nice.