Floyd Mayweather himself finally confirmed the rumors: His last fight will be against Andre Berto.
This comes a day after he announced the date of the fight.
The fight is to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Showtime PPV, cancelling out rumors that Mayweather’s last fight was to be on CBS.
Other prospects included Amir Khan, Gennady Golovkin, Keith Thurman, amongst others. Khan was one of the favorites. Golovkin had high hopes as well, even going as far as training to lower his weight just in case.
Earlier in July, when a fan on Twitter demanded that Floyd Mayweather fight Khan, Khan replied back to the fan saying, “Heard it’s Berto. Good luck to my boy Berto he’s a good kid regardless.”
Many fans are a bit disappointed with the match-up, saying that Berto isn’t a challenge for Mayweather, and that the fight will be a dud. With this fight supposedly being Mayweather’s last, fans were hoping to see Mayweather go out with a bang.
Mayweather looks to end his career with a perfect record of 49-0, echoing heavyweight world champion Rocky Marciano’s record.
Along with the announcement were three of four of the undercards: Roman “Rocky” Martinez vs. Orlando Salido, Badou Jack vs. George Groves, and Ishe Smith vs. Vanes Martirosyan.
Martinez face-off once again with Salido. Last time they fought was on Martinez’ home country, Puerto Rico, on April 11th. Salido, who hails from Mexico, lost that fight in a competitive decision.
Baodu Jack, a Super Middleweight champion, will face his mandatory, George Groves. Groves, while being seen as the undersog, was undefeated until his record was broken by Carl Froch. Since then, Groves has made a mini-comeback and has won back-to-back fights. Jack vs. Groves was originally set as a headliner for a Showtime event for August 22 before being placed as an undercard.
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, has stated that the fourth undercard is still being negotiated.