A Haitian-American is pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s choice for his last title defense as welterweight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the undefeated boxer intends to keep his slate clean when he finally hangs up his gloves.
Sports website ESPN said on Wednesday, August 5 that Mayweather would return to the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas for the 12th and last time to face Andre Berto on September 12.
ESPN said that it was a choice between Berto and Amir Khan but Mayweather decided against the British-Pakistani because of the boxer’s non-stop criticisms against him.
“I’m ready to get back in the ring on Sept. 12 and prove again to the whole world why I’m the best ever,” said Mayweather whose last victory was against Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao last May 2 also at the MGM Grand where he bagged the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt.
On May 8, Mayweather announced that he would not give Pacquiao a rematch because he changed his mind. He even called Pacquiao a “sore loser” and a “coward” after the Filipino revealed that he was nursing a shoulder injury when he fought the American.
In July, Mayweather was stripped of his WBO welterweight title for failing to comply with a WBO regulation stating that he could only carry one crown in the same division.
But an unfazed Mayweather said that he wanted to end his career on a winning note.
“I always bring my A-game, and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception. He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before, and on Sept. 12, I’m going to make it 49,” said Mayweather.
Berto, a two-time welterweight world titleholder, said that he was going to knock out Mayweather.
“I’m coming to kick Floyd’s ass on Sept. 12,” Berto said. “Best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I’m not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do. Somebody is getting knocked out, and it won’t be me. You don’t want to miss this.”
Mayweather has a record of 48-0 with 26 knockouts.
Berto, 31, holds a 30-3 win-loss card with 23 KOs.
If Mayweather wins, he can tie the milestone 49-0 record of the great heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano.