They hoped that the foe could push him, make the master look human…but no. It was what most thought it would be, another session of dominance for Floyd Mayweather, in what he purported would be his final in-ring effort.
The Best Ever, he told us he was, and certainly, defensively, he’s in the mix. Andre Berto couldn’t get a bead on the slipping, sliding, moving and grooving 38-year-old, who rose to 49-0 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After 12 rounds, a couple minutes, maybe, of which were won by Berto, the judges told us what a blind man could see–Floyd Mayweather won another one. The scores were: 117-111 from Moretti, who should retire, because his vision is offfff, 118-110 from Weisfeld, 120-108 from Byrd.
Still champion, a superlative craftsman whose scientific take on fighting makes him a polarizing figure to those who like trading..but undeniably skilled.
The 32 year old Berto loaded up, tried to land anything…but Floyd makes you miss, just about every single time. There was never a moment where the outcome was in doubt, not from the anthems on.
Floyd went 232-410 to 83-495 for the loser.
And after, TBE told Jim Gray he was done, retired. No more fighting he said.
Was he the best ever? We will let the fans decide, he said…then admitted he thought he is No. 1 all-time.
There was more drama fight week, with IVGate, then on this fight night, which was expensive to watch sparring. Berto told us he had speed and power, and we saw neither, as Floyd once again showed himself to be of a different class.
In the first, Floyd was quick with the left. Berto was short on the jab, and Floyd jabbed to the gut and then head. He moved left and right, not running, but making it hard to get a bead on him.
In the second, Berto pressed more. He looked to ramp up aggression. He darted in and Floyd slid away. He backed, quick enough so it didn’t matter if he backed up straight. Floyd held some, using the headlock, but not that much. The crowd buzzed when Berto sort of landed a right late. Floyd slipped like a master off the ropes and the smarts in the crowd liked it.
In the third, Floyd started aggressively. The jab was the focus, and then he backed to the ropes. Then, back to center ring..Berto missed, Floyd saw it all coming. Berto was headlocking now…Floyd slipped, his glove touching, no knockdown.
In the fourth, Berto tried to press and aggress. It got chippy, but still Berto missed. Then a stern right landed on Berto. This was Floyd mixing it up, here. The crowd enjoyed the scrappier tone to the round.
In round five, Berto bulled, and they clinched up a bunch. Floyd was moving, popping the jab, being an ultra master of defense. Berto, would he win a round?
In the sixth, Berto tried to jab his way in. Floyd gave the peeps some O here, and the pace was reasonable fan friendly, with more of an edge than in MayPac. A jab-hook by Berto scored clean on Floyd, but rights to the body by Floyd looked nastier.
In the seventh, it was Floyd being an aggressor. The left forearm was there to obscure Berto’s vision, distract and help disarm. A jab and slide left move was so useful for TBE. Then Floyd was to the ropes, mixing it up, where he chose to be in the ring, how hard he wanted to work. Berto got off a combo or two and the crowd dug it.
To round eight..Floyd started jabbing, sliding left, Berto unable to track him down, cut him off. TBE saw everything coming, but drew boos when he backed off, walked around, didn’t engage. Berto missed about 82 percent of what he threw.
In round nine, he’d jab and instead of sliding left, lay on the ropes, let Berto come to him, and blunt the offense. The scrummed inside, toe to toe, mostly targeting each others’ body. Floyd’s dad asked for more jabbing after, after Floyd told dad his left hand was hurting.
In the tenth, Floyd told Berto to stop yapping. Ref Ken Bayless told them to stop yapping, and start punching. Floyd clowned, stuck his tongue out, basically was goofing.
More clowning in the 11th and Floyd hurt the underdog in the 12th. But no KO, we’d go to the cards…for the last time?
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