World Boxing Council undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Junior (48-0, 26 Ko) and American- Haitian, Andre Berto (30-3, 23 Ko’s), were face to face for a chinwag in Los Angeles, to present their September 12th boxfest at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The select conference was at the JW Marriott Hotel, where other carded boxers and media bigwigs assembled. Pundits have criticised Mayweather’s choice of Berto as an opponent for what could be his final fight in the ring.
They 38-year old says: ‘I chose Berto as my next rival, because I am sure he’s an exciting fighter, and we will offer up a great fight.’ As for Berto, the 31-yaer old has promised to live up to the bill: ‘I’ve got speed and power. I am a fighter that never gives up. You have seen me getting knocked down only to get back up and fight all the harder. I will come to this fight with the specific intention of spring a great surprise!’ The likes of Amir Khan and Keith Thurman had been tentatively touted as possible foes for Mayweather but in the end the Michigan man opted for Berto.
Victory will take the undefeated American to a career record of 49-0, equal with the legendary Rocky Marciano although “Money’s” place alongside “The Brockton Blockbuster” in the all-time stakes is hotly disputed. At stake is at teh MGM Grand Garden Arena in September will be Mayweather’s WBC welterweight championship that he won, after conquering Victor Ortiz in a controversial knockout back in September 2011.