It’s been panned as a melodramatic mismatch. Pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather (48-0-0, 26 KOs) faces former two-time and current WBA interim welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-3-0, 23 KOs) tonight in what he claims is his final fight of his career at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Berto says he’s ready to shock the world, as he’s finally healthy enough to perform at his highest level.
But while the fans and critics profess they are not buying Berto’s declaration, somebody will be buying the pay-per-view, albeit not at the rate of Mayweather’s previous bout against Manny Pacquiao.
Berto however, looked calm and confident at the weigh-ins.
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Mayweather will earn an reported $32 million USD for this fight.
Berto is an 11-1 (+1100) underdog according to Bodog.ca, while Mayweather comes as a 1/30 favourite (-3000).
In case you missed the weigh-ins:
MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews weighs in on the fight:
TALE OF THE TAPE
AGE: 32 YEARS OLD
HEIGHT: 5-6 1/2
WEIGHT: 145 LBS
REACH: 68.5 INCHES
AGE: 38 YEARS OLD
WEIGHT: 146 LBS
REACH: 72 INCHES
Andrews: Berto really needs to be at the top of his game to stand a chance. That means establishing the jab early and pressuring Mayweather from the get-go. If he can do that, he will have a chance to do that.
But while Mayweather said he will be more aggressive, bank on Mayweather establishing himself defensively as always with the jab and landing the right hand when opportunities arise. No one has been able to penetrate Mayweather’s defence, but Berto has the hand speed and the quickness to do it. The thing is, does Berto have the cardio and mindset to take it to Mayweather for 12 rounds? I don’t think he has. But this fight could end up being more exciting depending on Berto’s performance.
ANDREWS PREDICTION: FLOYD MAYWEATHER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION.