News that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is considering either Andre Berto or Karim Mayfield as his next opponent almost made me laugh. But when I tried to get serious about it, I ended up saying “ho-hum.”
Truth is, Mayweather fighting either Berto or Mayfield is a total waste of money and time. It would even be better off if Mayweather just hung up his gloves and enjoy all the millions of dollars he has earned so far.
While Berto is coming off three wins since his loss to Robert Guerrero on November 2012, his last two opponents were unknowns Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1 with six knockouts) whom he decisioned on September 2014, and Josesito Lopez (33-7 with 19 KOs) whom he stopped in the seventh round in March this year to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight crown. I wonder what made Lopez deserve a shot at the WBA 147-pound crown?
The only notable opponent Berto fought after losing to Guerrero was Jesus Soto Karass (28-10 with 18 KOs) who fought for the interim WBA world welterweight crown on December 2014 against knockout artist Kieth Thurman (25-0 with 21 KOs). Karass (as expected) lost by stoppage in the ninth round.
Okay, so Berto holds the WBA world welterweight championship so that gives him the right to fight Mayweather? If that is the case (and it is), I just hope Berto can at least put up a better showing than Manny Pacquiao or even Guerrero against the undefeated American. But I expect Berto to end up like most of Mayweather’s orthodox-stance opponents – getting punched on the face and head with counters for the duration of the fight. Ho hum.
As for Mayfield, his being nicknamed “Hard Hitta” should never be taken seriously. Seriously! With 11 KOs from 19 wins mostly over mediocre opposition, I wonder how Mayfield can put up even a decent showing in the ring against Mayweather. Mayfield even lost two of his last three outings albeit by decision: to Thomas Dulorme (22-2 with 14 KOs) on March 2014 and to Emmanuel Taylor (18-4 with 12 KOs) on July 2014. And at 34 years old, Mayfield may not have the stamina anymore to chase Mayweather for 12 rounds.
Mayfield’s last win was a decision in eight rounds over Michael Balasi (10-6 with seven KOs) on November 2008. Better have your head checked if you find that interesting or compelling.
After hearing Berto or Mayfield would be the next opponent of Mayweather, I suddenly thought Amir Khan (31-3 with 19 KOs) would be a more deserving opponent for the undefeated American.
But as I have said in one of my past columns, the boxers who deserve more to get into the ring with Mayweather are Thurman, Danny Garcia (30-0 with 17 KOs) and Argentinian knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (37-3 with 34 KOs), a compatriot of Marcos Maidana (35-5 with 31 KOs) who was twice beaten by Mayweather.
Thurman, Garcia or Matthysse can put up a decent showing against Mayweather, or even better than Maidana, who gave the undefeated American one of his hardest fights. However, I still would not place my bet on Thurman, Garcia or Matthysse if any of them fought Mayweather. So what’s the point in Mayweather fighting Berto or Mayfield? Ho hum.
I suggest the money to be spent to promote and stage the fight between Mayweather and Mayfield or Berto be donated instead to sleep research.