Is Mayweather-Berto worth it's weight in Gold?
By Joseph Correa
September 8, 2015
Floyd Mayweather Jr’s is set to take on "exciting" fighter Andre Berto this Saturday night September 12th on Showtime pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is surprisingly little buzz or excitement about this fight with fans, social media or the boxing world in general.
This fight is largely seen as a mismatch and glorified sparring session between the most talented fighter in Mayweather and a fighter who once showed promise but has not lived up to his potential losing 3 of his last 6 fights.
Is Mayweather vs Berto a fight that fans really want to see? Couldn't Mayweather have chosen another opponent who is also exciting that would have in his own words "pushed" him to the limit? At a cost of $64.99 and an even more ridiculous $74.99 to view in high definition, is it fair to say that boxing fans are being cheated?
Most of the value on paper will come from a very solid undercard. The card is certainly worthy of being broadcast on Showtime, but not PPV status in my opinion.
There are four fights on the undercard that definitely deserve attention.
Badou Jack vs. George Groves
Roman Martinez vs. Orlando Salido
Vanes Martirosyan vs. Ishe Smith
Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Jonathan Oquendo
These all make for high quality bouts that boxing fans should be excited about. I do think Mayweather-Berto will make for a pretty good main event but the price tag is a hefty one, and all signs point to a lopsided victory for the one they call "Money."
Berto is not the same fighter who under the tutelage of his longtime trainer Tony Morgan took the welterweight division by storm winning two World titles and having many of the fighter's in his division ducking him. This version of Andre Berto although still dangerous, is a fighter who has been on a serious decline for the past four years. Make no mistake about it however, he does have great hand speed and a puncher's chance to make an impact early but I just can't see a Berto victory in this fight no matter how you spin it.
Floyd in my opinion should be taking on a top flight welterweight for his last hoorah, someone like Keith Thurman, Kell Brook or even Amir Khan. These are the fighters that fans want to see Mayweather fight not a faded fighter in Andre Berto. I guess we will see come September 12.