So the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. will battle the once-promising Andre Berto in what could be the final match of his career. And I won’t be surprised Mayweather will retire undefeated after the fight.
Berto, who was once eyed to fight Manny Pacquiao, was a potential superstar until November 2010 when he knocked out in the first round Freddy Hernandez to retain the World Boxing Council world welterweight title. After that bout, Berto’s record was an impressive 27-0 with 22 knockouts.
But on April 2011, Berto went head on (literally) against Victor Ortiz in a fight that saw both fighters hit the deck twice. Ortiz went on to win via unanimous decision. Although he would win against unknown John Zaveck on September 2011, Berto would lose to Robert Guerrero on November 2012. Both of Berto’s eyes were almost shut after the Guerrero fight because of the massive swelling on his face.
If that was not enough, Berto suffered his first KO loss to Jesus Soto Karass on July 2013. Berto’s last bout is a stoppage win in six rounds over Josesito Lopez whose 33-7 with 19 KOs record clearly show he was just a gift opponent. Berto is now 30-3 with 27 KOs. Now it is Berto who is looking like a gift opponent for Mayweather.
So my fearless forecast on fight night: Berto will emerge victorious if Mayweather will fight with one arm tied behind his back. (I won’t blame you if you think Mayweather will still win fighting with one hand tied behind his back).
But if there is one thing we can admire from Mayweather at this point, it is his not chastising Rock Marciano like Larry Holmes did when the American was on the brink of matching The Brockton Blockbuster’s 49-0 record. For those not familiar with that subject, Holmes chastised or belittled Marciano after Michael Spinks defeated Holmes.
After losing to Spinks on September 21, 1985, Holmes said, “If you want to get technical about it, Rocky Marciano couldn’t carry my jockstrap.” Holmes even made more snide remarks in a post-fight press conference in the presence of the younger brother of Marciano. The mouthful of words belittling Marciano did not sit well with boxing fans and up to this day, some boxing pundits have not forgiven him for that.
Holmes would later say, “Man he was tough” to describe Marciano in an interview with enterprisenews.com on September 2012.
I don’t know if I gave Mayweather an idea on how he should behave now that he is one fight away from matching the 49-0 record of Marciano. Or are boxing fans, particularly those who want him to taste defeat in the pro ranks, waiting for him to make derogatory remarks against Marciano?
If Mayweather equals the 49-0 record of Marciano, he can have something to crow about even if he has slowed down a bit in his recent fights and was obviously overpaid in fighting Manny Pacquiao.
But getting into the ring against the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman or even Saul Alvarez in a rematch could have earned Mayweather more respect as he equals Marciano’s record.
But Mayweather fighting Berto? Who are the promoters fooling?
Okay, I will say it again – Berto will beat Mayweather if the unbeaten American will fight with one hand tied behind his back. (Some boxing fans will even doubt that.)
So go ahead and watch the Mayweather-Berto fight and wait for boxing to be the subject of mockery again, especially from mixed martial arts fans. And guess who will be laughing his way to the bank, again (for the nth time). Disgusting.