Floyd Mayweather Junior has come out and defended his decision to fight Andre Berto in Las Vegas on September 12. The world champion has been widely criticised for picking Berto, who has lost three of his last six fights, including loses to Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz- two of Mayweather's past victims.
It will be Mayweather's 49th professional fight and if he wins he will equal Rocky Marciano's long standing unbeaten record. An incredible achievement considering Mayweather has been fighting in the pro ranks since 1996 and has come through 25 world title bouts unscathed. Also on the line are the 38-year-old's WBA and WBC super welterweight belts.
Despite Berto (30-3-23KO) being a two time world champion and the current WBA Interim champion, his chance to fight the world's number one boxer raised more than a few eyebrows in the boxing world. Many in the sport considered Berto as their fifth choice when it came to who should challenge Mayweather in his bid to make history.
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Britons Amir Khan and IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook could have expected to get the call before Berto, along with American and WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman. Although disappointed with Mayweather's last fight against Manny Pacquiao, many would have considered a rematch as more of a creditable bout, considering Berto's recent record.
All of these other fights would surely have created more interest and excitement after Mayweather's "Fight of the Century" against the Pacman ended up being a dull and uneventful 12 round affair.
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Yes, Mayweather showed his unrivalled boxing skills and perfect movement to nullify and frustrate the usually explosive Filipino, but the fight failed to live up and entertain the world as promised by the flashy American.
Mayweather told Sky Sports: "Every time Berto goes out there, he is in an exciting fight. There's never a dull moment when you watch a Berto fight, so we will just have to see how the fight pans out."
British interest on the night
George Groves leads the undercard when he faces up to WBC super middleweight champion, Badou Jack. It will be the Briton's third attempt at securing a world title after losing out twice to Carl Froch.
If Groves does come through and takes the belt then it could possibly set up a mouthwatering all British unification match with his old nemesis, James de Gale.
The bouts will take place at the MGM Grand on September 12.
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