By Jerome Foster
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Andre Berto have reached an agreement to fight September 12th in Las Vegas. After squaring off against Manny Pacquiao in one of the most anticipated fights in the history of boxing, Mayweather will fight Berto in a fight no one was calling for.
It hasn’t been announced whether the fight will be on pay-per-view or CBS. Hopefully, the fight will land on CBS because there is no way fans should be charged to watch this bout. Even if the fight is televised on CBS, it doesn’t change the fact that this is a terrible fight for the fans and the sport.
Mayweather is the biggest star in boxing. His fights are anticipated because they usually generate more interest and money that other fights. Fans also look forward to his fights because he only fights twice a year. Fans want to see Mayweather in competitive fights because he’s the best fighter on the planet and boxing’s largest draw.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that guys like Keith Thurman, Terrance Crawford or Amir Khan would beat Mayweather. But those guys are more deserving of a Mayweather bout and would be more competitive with him. But it’s apparent that Mayweather isn’t looking for a competitive fight. He just wants an easy mark that will get him to 49-0.
Berto’s record looks pretty good at 30-3 with 23 knockouts. However, a close inspection of his record shows why he shouldn’t be in the ring with Mayweather. Berto’s first two losses were via unanimous decisions to his toughest opponents, Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero. The other loss by knockout to Jesus Soto Karass, a fighter who came into that bout with eight losses and has since lost his last two fights since beating Berto.
Mayweather said a few weeks ago that he would either fight Berto or Karim Mayfield. When asked if he was serious about it, he stated that Pacquiao fought Chris Algieri as if that makes it a good reason. Mayweather should not be choosing opponents based on who other guys fight. And while Mayweather was right about Pacquiao fighting Algieri, at least Algieri was coming off of a big albeit controversial win over Ruslan Provodnikov. Berto hasn’t beaten anyone of note since April 2010, when he knocked out Carlos Quintana. Luckily for Berto, none of that matters. He has won the Mayweather sweepstakes and will get the most money and exposure of his career.
Boxing fans, don’t fall for the hype that will surround this fight.
No matter what Mayweather, Berto or anyone involved in the promotion of this fight says, do not listen. This will not be a good fight. This will not be an intriguing fight. This bout is just a payday for Mayweather. Remember how mad you were about Mayweather/Pacquiao? This will be just as bad with the only exception being you may not have to order it on pay-per-view if you really want to see it.