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Does Anyone Actually Believe Floyd Mayweather’s Final Fight Is Going To Be Against Andre Berto?

Submitted by on August 7, 2015 – 9:34 amNo Comment

Floyd Mayweather is going to hang up his boxing gloves after his September 12 fight against Andre Berto. At least, that’s what Mayweather is saying right now. Even though he’s 48-0 at the moment and, in all likelihood, will be 49-0 after fighting Berto, Mayweather is contending that he won’t go for win number 50 in 2016. That’s what he has said over the course of the last few months, and that’s what he reiterated again on Thursday while speaking with reporters in Los Angeles during an appearance with Berto. And we don’t know about you, but we find that very, very hard to believe.

Granted, Mayweather isn’t getting any younger. At 38, he is past his prime as a boxer. As Mayweather mentioned on Thursday, he doesn’t really need the money that comes along with fighting anymore, either. He’s richer than just about any other professional athlete in the world. It’s why he’s downplaying the idea of him fighting beyond September 12.

“They say they’ll offer me a lot of money,” he said. “I have a lot of money. I’m OK.”

But how can Mayweather possibly turn down the opportunity to finish off his career a perfect 50-0? Better yet, how can he go out with a fight against Berto, a guy that is considered a mismatch for Mayweather by just about every single boxing analyst out there? There’s a chance that Mayweather could have an epic fight with Berto (anything is possible, right?) and want to retire after it, but the chance of that happening is slim to none. So it seems silly for him to declare that he’s going to retire after fight 49.

For what it’s worth, Mayweather smiled while answering many of the retirement questions that were thrown his way yesterday. It indicated that he’s probably just threatening to retire now because he has a fight to promote. But we’ve been down the retirement road with Mayweather before, and he’s shown a willingness to back away from boxing. So if nothing else, could we be seeing Mayweather’s final fight for the next year or so when he steps into the ring next month? It’s very possible…even though we’re still not necessarily buying it.

Do you think there’s any way Floyd Mayweather’s final fight will be against Andre Berto?

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