Mayweather beats Berto with one-sided points win
Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) dominated Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) for the entire 12 rounds on the way to a unanimous decision victory on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The WBC and WBA welterweight champion has now tied the unbeaten 49-0 record of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano and won what he has said will be his final fight by scores of 117-111, 118-110, and 120-108.
The 38-year-old American came out aggressively as he took the fight to countryman Berto, 32, landing some solid left hooks in the opening round.
Mayweather controlled the action with his left jab, but he did land a right hand that appeared to hurt Berto in the fourth round as he grabbed on to Mayweather after taking the shot.
As the fight progressed, Mayweather continually beat Berto to the punch and avoided most of the challenger's shots. Even when Berto did land, Mayweather always got the better of the exchanges.
Mayweather moved around the ring late on, engaging a bit less than he did in the earlier rounds and played to the crowd.
In the 12th, Mayweather landed several clean shots before backpedaling around the ring in the closing seconds of the bout.
"Andre Berto has heart. A tremendous chin. He wouldn’t lay down and it was a good fight," said Mayweather.
"My career is over. It’s official. Been in this sport 19 years. Been a world champion 18 years. I broke all the records. There’s nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing. I’m leaving the sport with all my faculties. I’m still sharp and smart. I’ve accomplished everything. There’s nothing else to accomplish in the sport."
Also on the card, WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) outpointed British challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) to retain his title.
Swedish-born Jack scored a knockdown in the first round, but when Groves got back up, he took charge with his powerful jabs and right hand.
However, Jack came on strong in the second half of the fight as Groves seemed to tire.
The judges had Jack winning by scores of 115-112, 116-111, while the third judge scored it 114-113 for Groves.
WBO super-featherweight champion Roman Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs) retained his title with a controversial draw after a epic battle with Mexico's Orlando Salido (42-13-3, 29 KOs).
Martinez dethroned Salido following a points win in April in what was a fight of the year candidate, but the rematch was even better.
Salido dropped the Puerto Rican in the third, but Martinez got up and floored the former champion in the same round.
Salido was the much busier throughout, but the judges scores were 115-113 for Martinez, 115-113 for Salido, and a 114-114 draw.