Floyd Mayweather performed one last masterpiece on Saturday night (Sept. 12), when he took an easy 12-round decision over Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In what he insists is the final fight of his distinguished 19-year career, the boxing icon matched the hallowed 49-0 mark with which heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano retired.
Before 13,395 fans, Mayweather notched extremely lopsided scorecards of 120-108, 118-110 and 117-111, as he did as he pleased throughout the evening.
Following the final bell, Mayweather dropped to his knees in reflection of his final act.
“You have to know when to hang it up,” he said in the ring afterward. “I’m knocking at the door; I’m close to 40 years old.
“I’ve been in this sport 19 years, been a world champion 18 years, broke all the records. There’s nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing,” Mayweather continued. “My 49-0 record is a part of boxing. Records are made to be broken. Hopefully someday we can find the next Floyd Mayweather.
“I don’t want to rank myself, but I am the best at boxing.”
After raking in upwards of $150 million in his revenue record-shattering victory against Manny Pacquiao on May 2, Mayweather earned another $32 million Saturday night against Berto, a former titleholder who entered the bout just 3-3 in his past six fights.
The matchup had been widely considered a mismatch, with Berto having no prayer of winning. The bout failed to garner much excitement, despite being billed as Mayweather’s next fight.