SAN DIEGO, September 12, 2015 – Floyd Mayweather successfully matched Rocky Marciano’s record of 49 fights without a loss with his victory over Andre Berto on Saturday in Las Vegas.
There was little suspense and little surprise. It was an overwhelming victory, as predicted from the moment the fight was announced weeks ago. The judges scored it120-108, 118-110, and 117-111, agreeing on eight of the 12 rounds.
To say all of this is not to diminish Floyd Mayweather’s tremendous career accomplishments. Over nearly two decades of boxing in five weight divisions, he has been a world champion for 18 of those years. Mayweather is so dominant, his skills so superior to his opponents, it can leave fans a bit cold.
The numbers tell a cold hard truth. Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) landed 232 punches to Berto’s 83 total in 12 rounds, 57 percent to 17 percent. Mayweahter landed 83 jabs, Berto only 39. In the power punching column, Mayweather connected at a 68 percent ratio, 149 of 219 punches. Berto’s ratio was just 17 percent.
Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) did what he could do, but his skills were too limited. Credit him at least for his effort, and the fight was more entertaining than the numbers indicate. Berto called Mayweather “crafty,” saying he did many little things to get him off his rhythm. He stopped short of calling Mayweather the best fighter ever, but acknowledged his legacy.
Mayweather showed his speed, still impressive even if at age 38 it is not what it once was. He worked Berto to the body, able to get in close, connect, and avoid any counterpunches. His accuracy is something younger boxers should study and emulate.
After the final bell sounded in the ring, Mayweather dropped to his knees. The question remaining on everyone’s minds: is this really, truly the final bell in Mayweather’s career? He swears that it is, and has never deviated from this. “It’s time to hang it up, I’m almost 40 years old,” Mayweather said. He said after the fight he has nothing left to prove, and no more challenges. “You got to know when to hang it up. There’s nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing,” Mayweather told Showtime’s Jim Gray. Not even for a lot of money, asked Gray? “Money don’t make me, I make money,” Mayweather replied.
Mayweather thanked the fans in the arena, a reported attendance of 13,395 which was not a sellout, and the fans at home for watching the pay per view.
There are still many people in the sport of boxing who think Mayweather is simply on vacation, that he will be lured back when he’s able to rest mind and body. A large new arena is under construction in Las Vegas just off the Strip west of the New York New York hotel by MGM-AEG that will seat over 20,000 people, and Mayweather could be enticed back to this venue.
There isn’t anyone else in the sport of boxing or in sports period like Floyd Mayweather. He has changed the sport, and though he has many critics, his legacy is assured whether there is another chapter written, or whether the book is truly closed.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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