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Fans not happy with Andre Berto as Floyd Mayweather’s final opponent – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 26th, 2015 by Ian

Fans not happy with Andre Berto as Floyd Mayweather’s final opponent
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There are a few million boxing fans who feel they were ripped off when Floyd Mayweather took on Manny Pacquiao back in May. Most of them weren’t happy with Mayweather’s cautious approach and the fact Pacquiao fought him with an injured shoulder. So instead of repaying them with another mega fight, Mayweather has chosen to take on the unheralded Andre Berto in his farewell performance and will be asking North American fans to shell out more cash for it on pay per view. And this comes after making approximately $300 million against the Pac Man.

Mayweather, who’s 48-0 with 26 Kos, is scheduled to square off against Andre Berto (30-3, 23 Kos) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, September 12th. A few years ago Berto held one of the several world welterweight titles, but has three losses in his past six fights. He’s no longer considered to be an elite boxer or any threat at all to Mayweather. When Berto was knocked out by Jesus Soto Karass two years ago he tore his shoulder tendon and hasn’t done anything since then to prove he’s worthy of challenging Mayweather.

When the fight was recently announced, the bookies at the MGM Grand listed the 38-year-old Mayweather as the favourite at odds of 50/1. This makes the 31-year-old Berto a longer shot than Buster Douglas was when he knocked out Mike Tyson in Tokyo about 20 years ago when he was a 42/1 underdog. Of course, fans will point out that Douglas won that fight and Berto could also shock the boxing world come September 12th.

Critics of Mayweather point out there are several other opponents who would be more worthy of fighting Mayweather. These include Keith Thurman, Amir Khan, Timothy Bradley and Kell Brook for starters. The idea of Mayweather taking on Berto is akin to Germany taking on Scotland for world soccer supremacy instead of another powerhouse such as Argentina or Brazil etc. It’s true that Mayweather has earned the right to fight who he chooses, but Berto has been handpicked and the contest isn’t worthy of pay per view status.

There’s no doubt that Mayweather’s one of the best boxers in history. He may be despicable out of the ring, but in it, there’s not really anybody his equal at the moment. Most fans figure Berto, who has both a reach and height disadvantage against Mayweather, won’t be competitive and it’ll turn out to be another 12-round snooze fest. Mayweather takes a defence first attitude with him into the ring and he doesn’t take any risks. This makes him a boring boxer to the average fan while purists may appreciate his style.

At 48-0, Mayweather doesn’t want to risk his unbeaten status in what is reportedly his last bout. Rocky Marciano retired as heavyweight champion with a perfect record of 49-0 and the fighter from Grand Rapids, Michigan doesn’t want to risk anything when he attempts to tie that mark in September. A lot of experts and fans believe Mayweather’s ego will lure him into the ring once more though after the Berto fight as he will attempt to reach 50-0 with a rematch against Pacquiao. But if Pacquiao’s 100 per cent healthy the next time around, don’t be surprised to see Mayweather remain retired or take on another unworthy opponent similar to Berto.

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