Floyd Mayweather extended his incredible career record to 49-0 as he took a wide unanimous decision win over Andre Berto.
Billed as his farewell bout, the self-proclaimed “The Best Ever” levelled Rocky Marciano’s unbeaten record at the renowned MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
On the undercard Britain’s George Groves unfortunately lost out on a split decision to Badou Jack, who retained his WBC World Super-Middleweight Title.
‘Money’ Mayweather started bright, feigning and landing the jab through Berto’s low guard.
As the fight wore on, ‘The Beast’ tried to up the pace but the long reigning World Champion looked as mobile as ever slipping and countering when pressed.
Arguably the Haitian’s most successful punch landed at the start of the sixth. A short, sharp left caught Mayweather off guard, backing him up in the process but as ever Floyd managed to successfully weave out of any real trouble and apply some fruitful body shots of his own to even up the exchange.
‘Pretty Boy’ rolled back the years with his precise timing and excellent counter punching, at times perhaps a little over doing it with the showboating, but it felt a celebration of his achievements in the later rounds.
It appeared that Floyd may have injured his hand in the ninth round but that didn’t stop him from finishing the stronger, producing a savage uppercut in the last round which rocked the spent Berto to convincingly reclaim his World Titles for the last time on the three judges’ scorecards.
As the bell sounded, Mayweather fell to his knees in the centre of the ring looking to the heavens. Las Vegas waved goodbye to their favourite prodigal son after a career spanning 19 years.
But will the lure of 50-0 be too much to ignore for Mayweather? Time will tell.
End of an era as Mayweather faces final fight against Berto
The pound for pound king and greatest fighter of his generation, Floyd Mayweather Junior, laces them up for one final time as he bids to extend his remarkable record to 49-0 and match Rocky Marciano's record. Mayweather's WBC and WBA Super World Welterweight titles will be on the line in this truly unmissable clash LIVE on BoxNation.
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The Michigan fighter is a five-weight, 12-time world champion, and has enjoyed a magnificent career since turning pro at the age of 19. Now 38-years-old, "Money" Mayweather has amassed millions of dollars through pay per view and sponsorship earnings, making him one of the richest sportsmen on earth.
During his 19 years, Mayweather has fought, and beat, every challenger, including impressive victories over Jesus Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and, most recently, Manny Pacquiao.
Now the man rated as one of boxing's all time greats faces a former world champion in Andre Berto as he looks to equal one of boxing's most impressive records, that of the 49-0 legend Rocky Marciano.
For 30-3 Floridian Berto, a former two-time welterweight world champion, this is the chance of a lifetime. Berto, who turns 32 days before the biggest fight of his career, is the reigning interim WBA World Welterweight Champion, and he'll enter the ring with a strong KO record as he bids to become the first man to do the seemingly impossible and crack the Mayweather code.
The Winter Haven resident first won world honours in 2008 when he scored a TKO over Miguel Angel Rodriguez, and has since claimed noteworthy wins over Luis Collazo, Jan Zaveck and, most recently, Jesus Soto Karass. However, the American has never faced the likes of Mayweather, and will enter the MGM Grand ring as a clear underdog.