Floyd Mayweather Defeats Andre Berto, Ties Rocky Marciano’s Record
After the Serena Williams-Roberta Vinci shocker at the U.S. Open on Friday, some were hoping this would be the weekend of upsets. However, it was not to be, at least not in the world of boxing.
Floyd Mayweather defeated Andre Berto by unanimous decision, as the judges scored the fight 117-111, 118-110, and 120-108 in favor of Mayweather, who retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles. He also retained his undefeated streak, as Mayweather has now managed to tie the 49-0 record set by Rocky Marciano. Going into the fight, Mayweather claimed this would be his final bout, and it’s a claim he stuck to in his post-fight interview, as he addressed concerns that he’d injured his hand past the halfway point of the fight.
“It doesn’t matter if I hurt my left hand and my right hand, my career is over,” Mayweather said, before going on to explain why he’s walking away from the sport of boxing. “You got to know when to hang it up. I think it’s my time for me to hang it up.”
However, Mayweather does hope that someone can come along and give his career a run for its money.
“Records are made to be broken,” the champ declared. “Hopefully, someday we can find the next Floyd Mayweather to try and break my records.”
But what about coming back for one more fight, to not just tie Marciano’s record but break it? Why not try for 50? Mayweather remained unflappable, declaring that he has no intention of coming back, no matter how much money he’s offered.
“There’s nothing left to accomplish in the sport,” Mayweather said. “Money don’t make me, I make money.”
Ultimately, we can’t really think of a more fitting phrase for a boxer who went by the nickname “Money” to end his career on.
For more on the weekend in sports, check out how Roberta Vinci became a viral sensation after her U.S. Open victory speech!