Floyd retires at 49-0

POUND-FOR-POUND No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. equaled the 49-0 record of heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, with a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision victory over former champion Andre Berto, who had lost three of his last six fights.

The judges’ scorecards of 120-108, 118-110 and 117-111 came under criticism, as even the BBC Sport reported that Berto did enough to win the sixth round and certainly won the seventh, while Sky Sports in London said Mayweather’s foe won the 10th round.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.  falls to his knees after defeating Andre Berto during the fight for the WBO Welterweight World Title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Floyd Mayweather earned a unanimous decision over Andre Berto on Saturday to claim his 49th and he says final victim in a glittering unbeaten ring career spanning two decades.  AFP

Although Mayweather continued to insist the fight against Berto was his last, there are many who believe the chance of beating Marciano’s record and making more money may be too tempting to resist, especially if the controversy generated by Mayweather taking illegal IV injections the night before the Manny Pacquiao fight, drives Floyd to settle the score and prove he is indeed the best fighter in this era.

For all the critics, who claimed Berto, a 30-1 underdog didn’t deserve a shot at Mayweather’s World Boxing Council welterweight title, he proved to be game, but the slick moves of Mayweather, whose forte is hitting but not getting hit, sometimes frustrated the challenger.

Boos rang out in the final round as Mayweather’showboating didn’t sit well with the fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather complained to his father/trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. that he hurt his hand during the fight, but in the end, it didn’t matter as he proved too good both defensively and offensively for Berto, who tried hard but met with little success.

In a post-fight interview, Mayweather said: “You gotta know when to go. I’ve had a great career. I’m leaving with all my faculties. I feel like I’m smart and sharp. I’ve accomplished everything. I’ve done everything in my sport.”

For his part, Berto said: “I was in great shape but it was difficult to  fight him. He was really, really slippery.”

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