Floyd Mayweather to fight Andre Berto on September 12
Floyd Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) has confirmed he will fight Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on September 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, 38, outpointed Manny Pacquiao in his last outing, billed as "Fight of the Century", in May and will now attempt to equal Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 when he faces fellow-American Berto, in what he has said will be the final fight of his brilliant 19-year career.
"I'm ready to get back in the ring on 12 September and prove again to the whole world why I'm 'The Best Ever', " said Mayweather, who will be defending his WBC and WBA welterweight titles.
"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 12 September, I'm going to make it 49."
While the 31-year-old Berto has won his last two fights and holds the interim WBA title, he hasn't done anything notable for several years that would indicate he belongs in the same ring as the pound-for-pound king and is a massive underdog.
No one can doubt that Mayweather has faced and beaten the best fighters of his generation, but on this occasion, many will question why he has opted to fight Berto, who is 3-3 in his last six fights, over the likes of Amir Khan, Keith Thurman or Timothy Bradley.
Former two-time world champion Berto said: "I'm coming to kick Floyd's ass on September 12. 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."
On the undercard, Britain's George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) will challenge WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs), and in a rematch, WBO super featherweight champion Roman Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) will defend his title against Orlando Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs), whom he dethroned in a slugfest last April.