Mayweather Makes “Grand” Arrival For “Final” Fight

The self proclaimed TBE fanned out his peacock feathers, and strutted at the MGM on Tuesday afternoon, making a grand-ish arrival, days out from his anti-climactic scrap against Haitian-American Andre Berto, who hopes to play the Buster Douglas role Saturday night in Vegas.

To be fair, basically anything outside of a Mayweather-Golovkin fight would be anti-climactic, so we’re not knocking Berto here.

But with the word that tix are moving sub-tepidly, suffice to say the buzz factor for this one is not what those who get a cut from that pie might hope, or expect, for the best boxer in the world who tells us this is his last fight. Message from many seems to be ‘don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out,’ though pro Mayweather fans will argue that he is so talented, he doesn’t get his just due…and in fact, I find that argument to be compelling, and worthy of defending, if not wholly embracing.

Nothing monumental came from the mouth of Mayweather today, that I heard: “To become great, you have to follow greatness. To become a great leader you have to be a great follower,” he offered.

There was talk of his legacy, but of course. “I’ve done a lot for this sport,” said the Michiganer seeking to go to 49-0. “Everyone used to be focused on heavyweights. My ultimate goal was to have everyone focus at whatever weight class I was, in my weight class. I’ve always been able to make noise at whatever weight class I was in.” Indeed; making noise is something he’s good at. Being in mostly fan friendly prizefights isn’t, and that’s part of the reason, maybe most of the reason, why there isn’t a mass of mourners already weeping at the thought of a Floyd-less sport.

Simply, most of his fights in recent memory haven’t been must see events, in retrospect. But again, so much of that has to do with his skill, which allows him to employ a risk averse, defense-first style which doesn’t draw comparisons to Arturo Gatti. He is a Picasso, and there was no PPV audience to watch that master paint his masterful efforts. The final result was but of course applauded, but the masses often prefer some bang bang bang for their buck…and Floyd’s ability to avoid contact, while neurologically logical, isn’t making people salivate for this faceoff with Berto. “We want Andre to believe in himself and his skills,” Mayweather continued, when asked about Berto saying he had the stuff to pull the Buster Douglas.

“Every fighter that I’ve ever faced had the remedy to beat me, but the results have always been the same,” said “TBE,” rightly.

“I don’t overlook anyone, he’s a tough competitor, and we will just have to see what happens on Saturday,” he said, when it was noted that Berto is a massive ‘dog.

“My ultimate goal is that we can find another Floyd Mayweather,” he said, in response to a query about his post fighting stint. “When I turned professional I was a teenager and the MGM was Mike Tyson’s building. I’m just blessed and I feel like I was dealt a royal flush.”

No shortage of self confidence in the man, though one can only wonder how much of that is announced in order to gain a reaction, to gain narcissistic supply, to have his tank topped off, of compliments and adoration. Study of his character, of course, fills up the vacuum left by the fact that his talent renders his fights foregone conclusions. Oh but this being prizefighting, the only thing truly predictable is that a guy like a Berto has a proverbial puncher’s chance. Which means that but of course, I will be ponying up, to tune in, just….in….case. The result is basically foregone…but that sliver of a chance will snare me.

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COMMENTS

-Art :

For that "sliver of a chance", you'd be better off putting it on blackjack!! This fight is a joke!! No sell out at the MGM, PPV is going to be the biggest joke EVER!!!


-stormcentre :

yweather fans will argue that he is so talented, he doesn't get his just due...and in fact, I find that argument to be compelling, and worthy of defending, if not wholly embracing.
Clever wordsmithing. :) Nothing wrong with hedging the bets. Particularly given the diverse range of views (related to Floyd) here. It's going to be interesting to see what comes from, both the Mayweather V Berto fight, and also its aftermath. :) :)


-Radam G :

Who cares! Lil Floyd is a deadbeat of a pug. He really needs a hug. Holla!


-stormcentre :

Everybody cares. That's why we're all writing about it. :)


-amayseng :

Wanna go out with a bang he says? Should have fought on free tv NBC. Then you would be the talk of the town. Money Mayweather ends career thanking fans by putting on an exciting card and show for free..


-deepwater2 :

I said it when this fight was signed ,All signs point to a Floyd Knockout. Berto will be Hatton-ed when he jumps in with his attack. The jig is up. The fans are tired and Floyd needs a KO. If Soto Karass can stop Berto then the self proclaimed TBE better be able to do it to. Nice outfit in this picture Floyd. Catholic grammar school chic.


-Radam G :

Wow! This bout is proving that Lil Floyd was not the pug drawing the monster crowds. The Mayweather-Berto live-gate sells are the smallest in years for a welterweight title scrap. And the PPVs will stink like no time in history for a scrap by the number one pound for pound. The "TBE" label on Money May ain't sending fight fans running and spending that dough to see him. I bet even the attendance will be dirt low at the movie theatres around the mainland USA. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

So I was having another barbershop boxing discussion (Actually Shannon Briggs name came up this time) and I discussing a situation where I can see Floyd fighting GGG... After GGG wins against Lemeiux, then takes another "showcase" fight in Janaury, then takes on the Canelo-Cotto winner in the Spring, he'll be hot and a notable PPV draw by then, but he'll more than likely have to go through some wars to get 3 straight victories against people who can punch (we all know GGG isn't had to hit) and Floyd Being Floyd will see a chance to possibly get a guaranteed $50 million for his 50th fight, he might lure GGG into the ring at 154lbs next September....


-Radam G :

So I was having another barbershop boxing discussion (Actually Shannon Briggs name came up this time) and I discussing a situation where I can see Floyd fighting GGG... After GGG wins against Lemeiux, then takes another "showcase" fight in Janaury, then takes on the Canelo-Cotto winner in the Spring, he'll be hot and a notable PPV draw by then, but he'll more than likely have to go through some wars to get 3 straight victories against people who can punch (we all know GGG isn't had to hit) and Floyd Being Floyd will see a chance to possibly get a guaranteed $50 million for his 50th fight, he might lure GGG into the ring at 154lbs next September....
Not for $50mil. Maybe a guaranteed $150mil. Holla!


-deepwater2 :

So I was having another barbershop boxing discussion (Actually Shannon Briggs name came up this time) and I discussing a situation where I can see Floyd fighting GGG... After GGG wins against Lemeiux, then takes another "showcase" fight in Janaury, then takes on the Canelo-Cotto winner in the Spring, he'll be hot and a notable PPV draw by then, but he'll more than likely have to go through some wars to get 3 straight victories against people who can punch (we all know GGG isn't had to hit) and Floyd Being Floyd will see a chance to possibly get a guaranteed $50 million for his 50th fight, he might lure GGG into the ring at 154lbs next September....
Klit has just been offered a share in almost $50 million to fight Briggs in association with the HardRock in Hollywood Florida. It is no coincidence the HardRock just sponsored all the living heavyweight champions to hang out for Briggs fight weekend. I would think Lil Floyd would be offered as much as the Pac fight to take in Triple. He is already getting his 30 or so to fight washed up Berto.