FLOYD Mayweather insisted he’s set to call it a career this year, stressing his welterweight title bout with Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sept. 12 will be the last for the ‘Money Man.’
Mayweather stressed the point anew when he held his media workout in his training camp in Las Vegas, two weeks before the 12-round meeting with the underdog Amercian challenger.
“Nobody knows what the future holds, but right now, I’m cool and comfortable and having no second thoughts at all about retirement. I had a good career, I won every world title, but boxing is wear and tear on the body. It’s time to hang ‘em up,” said Mayweather during the interview, the transcription of which was provided to Spin.ph
“I’m looking forward to working with some up-and-coming kids, going on walks, and taking vacations.’’
The statement put aside – at the moment - a possible rematch with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who Mayweather defeated last summer behind a 12-round unanimous decision.
Mayweather did not mention any possible return bout with the 36-year-old Pacquiao other than saying he clearly beat him in their welterweight unification fight last May 2 also at the MGM Grand.
“My last fight, all you guys put (Manny) Pacquiao on a pedestal and look what happened. I went in there and did what I needed to do, which is win,” said the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The defending World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) champion is unbeaten in 48 fights, and a win over Berto would allow him to equal the perfect record of 49-0 held by former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, who also retired undefeated.
But Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) expects a tough fight from Berto (30-3, 23 KOs), himself a two-time welterweight champion but has lost three of his last six fights.
“Berto can fight. He’s a two-time champion. He’s hungry. He comes to wage a war. There is never a dull moment when he fights so I expect a hell of a fight out of him. We’ll all see how it plays out,” said Floyd Jr.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe was also present during the media workout, and like Floyd, said Berto would be the last man the brash-talking American will face in his pro career.
“This will be Floyd's last fight. I'm very excited for him. He's done it his way. He's had an illustrious career and I know he's very comfortable with what he's been able to accomplish.” He said.