Unbeaten P4P icon and WBC welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (48-0-0, 26 KOs) says he will fight for the final time in his career September 12th.
Andre Berto (30-3-0, 23 KOs) will be the opponent, and while the public reaction has been lacklustre, Las Vegas oddsmakers jumped into the fray with their usual action.
Critics are questioning the timing of the announcement and the selection of Berto, who is a former two-time welterweight champion and the current WBA interim champion, but considered a lesser fighter.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
Berto lost convincingly to Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz – fighters Mayweather defeated handily. He is 3-3 in his last six fights.
According to oddsmaker Bodog.ca, the early call on Mayweather winning is 1/100 (-10,000) while Berto comes in at 16/1 (+1600)
The odds on Mayweather fighting in 2016:
Yes – 2/1 (+200)
No – 1/3 (-300)
In a 19-year career full of highlights and controversy, Mayweather can tie the revered boxing record of heavyweight champion legend Rocky Marciano with a win over Berto.
But with less than 40 days to go before the fight, the short window could be another indicator that Mayweather may fight again in 2016 to break the record.
Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision May 2nd. The fight generated $500 million USD in revenue, with Mayweather earning approximately $220 million.
Showtime will air the fight and the MGM Grand Garden Arena will host Mayweather’s fight for the 12th consecutive time.
A media-only press conference is scheduled for today.