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The reason why Andre Berto was chosen for Floyd Mayweather’s final fight

09 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
The reason why Andre Berto was chosen for Floyd Mayweather’s final fight

Mayweather-mania hits Vegas' MGM Grand for one last time on Saturday - the self-proclaimed 'Best Ever' wants an explosive farewell

‘The Best Ever’ is an incredibly bold statement for a person to make about themselves.

It implies a level of arrogance and unwavering confidence that has only been particularly evident in one boxer this decade.

Unbeaten in 48 fights, the undisputed pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter in the world, victorious over some of his era’s greatest competitors and stepping into his beloved MGM Grand ring for the very last hoping to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and secure his legacy, it could only be Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.

The richest athlete on the planet is ending his career against fellow American Andre Berto and his odds of 1/100 indicate this is merely a leaving party.

Berto, who fails to make BoxRec’s top-10 US welterweights, holds a 30-3 record.

Significantly, though, those defeats have come in his last six fights and he is 16/1 to cause the biggest of upsets.

Mayweather is 1/2 to ease to a points victory – as he has done in his last six fights.

However, the reason why Money hand-picked Berto from the hundreds of fighters calling his name could be because he believes – not unreasonably – that he can knock him out.

Berto has an extremely expansive style and, in trying to convince the public of this fight’s competitiveness, Mayweather has constantly referred to the 32-year-old as an ‘exciting fighter’.

He has already been stopped in his career – albeit with an injured shoulder against Jesus Soto Karass – while the Michigan-born fighter’s 54 per cent ratio is often overlooked.

He is 13/8 to win end his career in style with a KO on Saturday.

The Haitian-born Berto does have a few attributes that could give his undefeated opponent something to think about, however.

First and foremost, he can punch.

Berto has KO’d 70 per cent of his opponents, most recently in his last fight against Josesito Lopez.

He is also under the tutelage of world-renowned trainer Virgil Hunter – also the coach of Andre Ward and Amir Khan – who will give his fighter a sound game-plan on fight night.

Realistically, his only chance of victory is by KO and he is 25/1 to do so.

Mayweather has been criticised in recent years for starting slowly, particularly in the first three rounds.

If the Haitan-American can set an extremely fast and explosive pace, it is possible the champion could be caught off guard.

Mayweather has the skills and reach advantage to completely dominate Berto and he is likely to push for a stoppage in the later rounds.

Expect the fight to reach the 10th round and for ‘Pretty Boy’ to apply serious pressure in the final three rounds.

The 38-year-old is 8/1 to win by KO in rounds 10-12 and 20/1 to bring a stop to the fight in 11.

Such a result would give Mayweather the finale he craves – and what his remarkable talent deserves.

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