With Floyd Mayweather long having been expected to hang up his gloves at the end of this year attention turned to who the US fighter would face in his final bout almost as soon as the bell rang for the final time during May's Manny Pacquiao fight.
Since then though, despite intense speculation and a host of names put forward as potential opponents, there has been little concrete information on just who will get the final chance to defeat the undefeated champ.
So with TMZ today reporting to have confirmation of just who Money Mayweather will go up against on September 12th in Las Vegas, the boxing world is all ears.
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According to TMZ, it will be Andre Berto who will fight Floyd Mayweather in just over seven weeks time.
Berto was a name mentioned by Mayweather himself last month but many saw the 31-year-old American as too low-key for a finale fight. It looks like the fight is now all but confirmed, however.
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Commenting on the rumored fight Berto told the same publication:
"It's a pleasure and honor to be in this position and I'm looking forward to capitalizing on every moment of it."
The news, should it be officially confirmed by the Mayweather camp in the near future, will come as a huge disappointment to those who had hoped to get a shot at the undefeated fighter - not least British boxer Amir Khan.
Khan had expressed hope as recently as last month that he and Floyd Mayweather could come to a deal but that appears off the cards now.
Boxing fans, too, may be somewhat underwhelmed by the prospect of a Mayweather vs Berto fight to bring an end to the former's illustrious pro career.
Andre Berto is a two-time Welterweight champion and holds the WBA title as interim champion but hasn't exactly been in great form as of late. He has lost three of his last six fights having previously been 30-0.
Floyd Mayweather of course remains undefeated at 48-0 and, if these reports prove to be correct, he now stands a very healthy chance of bowing out of boxing with a perfect record - perhaps one of the main reasons Andre Berto appears to have won the race to fight him.
Boxing fans: Is Floyd Mayweather taking the easy way out in facing Andre Berto? Have your say in the comments below...
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