Floyd Mayweather successfully defended his undefeated record, and his WBC and WBA super world welterweight titles, by handily out-boxing and outpointing Andre Berto on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After 12 rounds of one sided action, the judges awarded Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) with near-shut score cards of 117-111, 118-110, and 120-108.
The trend of the fight was set early on with a game Berto (30-4 23 KOs) trying to pressure Mayweather into the ropes with his jab and trying to get to work on the inside, and Mayweather working the perimeter of the ring, countering beautifully, and clinching (a bit too much at times) when Berto got too close.
Despite being unable to ever get a fix on Mayweather, Berto stayed focused and competitive throughout the fight, relentlessly pursuing the fleet-footed Floyd but unable to effectively cut off the ring or impose himself on the undefeated champ.
Mayweather, on the other hand, was in typical form– making the most of the real estate, dispensing pot shots from the outside, and, by the second half of the fight, landing almost at will. The times Berto succeeded in getting off on him with his back against the ropes, Mayweather was able dodge, block, or parry most of the incoming artillery and counterpunch his way out.
“Andre Berto has heart, a tremendous chin,” Mayweather told Jim Gray after the fight. “He wouldn’t lay down. And it was a good fight.”
Punchstats had Mayweather landing 232 out of 410 punches thrown, an incredible 57%. Berto landed 83 of 495 punches thrown (17%).
Watch Mayweather working the crowd at the MGM Grand during the final moments of the fight, feeling no danger:
“I was in shape,” Berto said after the fight. “But [Mayweather] was really difficult to hold on to. Slippery. Experience played a big part. He used a lot of speed, he’s real crafty. He was using little things just to get me off my rhythm.”
The fight was at times marred by excessive clinching:
With the win, Mayweather, who was coming off the biggest fight of his illustrious career, dominating Manny Pacquiao back in May of this year, matches Rocky Marciano’s perfect retired record of 49 wins.
Since his professional debut 1996, the Grand Rapids, Michigan native has amassed 11 world championships across five weight divisions and has dispatched grade-A certified world champions including icons Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Márquez. If Mayweather does indeed retire now, as he has repeatedly insisted are his plans, the first-ballot Hall of Famer leaves behind a career that has earned him as many detractors as admirers, and legacy that will be debated for years to come.
“My career is over,” Mayweather told Jim Gray. “It’s official…You gotta know when to hang them up. I’m close to 40 years old, been at this sport 19 years, a world champion 18 years. I broke all records. There’s nothing left to proof in the sport of boxing.”
Two-time world champion Andre Berto, who entered Saturday’s fight a 16-to-1 underdog, was last in action with two victories– over frindgers Josesito Lopez and Steve Upsher Chambers– but had, previous to those wins, suffered back-to-back defeats to Jesus Soto Karass and Robert Guerrera.
On the action packed undercard: Roman Martinez and Orlando Salido brawled their way to a split draw; Badou Jack successfully defended his WBC super middleweight world title with a split decision win over George Groves; and Jonathan Oquendo outpointed Jhonny Gonzalez over 10 hard-fought rounds.
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