The Berto encounter will be broadcast live on Showtime Pay Per View starting at 8 P.M. ET/ 5 P.M. PT. Cost of the event: $64.95 for standard and $74.95 for HD.
Berto (30-3, 23 KOs), who has experienced career ups and downs lately, was last in action with back-to-back victories over Josesito Lopez and Steve Chambers. However, those two wins came on the heels of consecutive losses for the 31-year-old Florida native, to Jesus Soto Karass and Robert Guerrero. Berto’s only other career loss came in 2011 against Victor Ortiz.
“I’m happy to be in the running for this fight and am definitely up for the challenge,” Berto had said prior to the official announcent. “I know it will be a great fight if it happens.”
The 2004 Olympian edged out possible candidates Amir Khan and Miguel Cotto in the race for the coveted and lucrative B-Side slot opposite Pretty Boy Floyd.
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Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs), the most decorated and regarded boxer of this era, is coming off one of his most anticipated matchups, decisively beating Filipino icon and Fighter of The Decade Manny Pacquiao last May 2.
If he emerges victorious in the September 12 melee, Mayweather, 38 years old, will tie Rocky Marciano’s legendary undefeated retirement record of 49-0. Although Mayweather has repeatedly stated that he will retire from the sport after September’s fight, most boxing insiders and fans expect Mayweather to attempt to break the Marciano record– perhaps with a rematch against Pacquiao.
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