By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
I didn’t actually watch the fight LIVE as did others, as I knew it would be a predictable cake walk decision win for Mayweather, and it was. But – I did watch it delayed tape next day.
WBC / WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather (49-0 / 26 by KO) easily outpointed Andre Berto (30-4 / 23 by KO) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.
With his victory, at age 38, Mayweather tied the unbeaten 49-0 ring record of the great Rocky Marciano.
There was never any doubt in what the out come of the fight would be from the opening bell. Mayweather was in full command for 12 rounds, although with Berto having some moments but failing to apply any lethal pressure.
The judge’s scores were 117-111, 118-110, 120-108 … my unofficial scorecard was 119-109, eleven rounds to one for the winner, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He has had a magnificent professional career, but as a boxing historian I am not one to put him on the same tier of the best welterweights I have seen in past 50 years (in order) Jose Napoles, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Aaron Pryor, but he is “definitely” in the conversation.
Mayweather has stated that he will now retire, and hopefully he is truth to his word. He leaves the sport of boxing as like Marciano did – undefeated champion of the world!