Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto Fight Announced for September
The “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao drew an irresponsible amount of money back in May. And now, boxing promoters are hoping lightning will strike twice, come September.
It has been announced that Floyd Mayweather will face off with Andre Berto on September 12th in Las Vegas. With this fight, Mayweather hopes to tie Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 undefeated record in his professional career. For his part, Berto has a professional record of 33-3, which is impressive in itself. He is also a two-time welterweight champion, and is the current interim WBA welterweight champion. So Mayweather could be in for a hell of a tough fight. Working against Berto, however, is the fact that two of his three losses came against Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero, men Mayweather has defeated. But that doesn’t necessarily spell doom for Berto, particularly in a sport where a single punch can change everything.
The fight has reportedly been in the works for several weeks now, and both fighters have already started the mind games, with Mayweather prank calling Berto on his phone. Apparently, Berto believes Mayweather is holding a grudge over a woman, although he didn’t exactly elaborate on it.
Berto told TMZ Sports, who broke the story, “It’s a pleasure and honor to be in this position and I’m looking forward to capitalizing on every moment of it”.
Berto is certainly going to get that chance, as he takes on the undefeated Mayweather’s 48-0 streak. Could Berto be The One in 48-1? Or will Mayweather go 49-0? Will anyone be able to put Mayweather in his place, or is his defensive game too strong?
I can’t say I’m familiar with Berto, but 33-3 is an impressive record. If Mayweather sleeps on this guy, he could get caught. Then again, people have been saying that for countless fights now. It’ll be interesting to see how Mayweather’s defensive style squares up against Berto’s aggression (23 of his wins were by knockout).
But what do you think of Mayweather vs. Berto? Who will come out on top? Should someone else have gotten the fight other than Berto? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on Mayweather, read our report on the champ getting stripped of the title he won against Manny Pacquiao back in May!