Floyd Mayweather will fight Andre Berto on Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Showtime announced on Tuesday. The network will air the bout as a pay-per-view event.
After defeating Manny Pacquiao in an unanimous decision for the welterweight world championship on May 2, Mayweather said he would fight once more before retiring. Reports of a possible rematch with Pacquiao were quickly squashed, and many fans hoped for a non-pay-per-view fight considering the $100 price tag of the Pacquiao fight.
Mayweather, 38, will instead fight on Showtime for his sixth consecutive bout. Mayweather (48–0, 26 KOs) is pursuing Rocky Marciano’s 49–0 career mark and will likely be a heavy favorite over Berto (30–3, 23 KOs), a former welterweight world champion. The 31-year-old Miami native of Haitian descent last fought Josesito Lopez on March 13, defeating him in a six-round TKO for the interim WBA welterweight title.
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Mayweather did attempt to place the fight on CBS, but generating sufficient advertising revenue in a limited period of time proved too challenging, reports the Los Angeles Times.
- Mike Fiammetta