We may have come to the end of a chapter after Floyd Mayweather made it 49 straight wins with a wide point’s victory over Andre Berto in Las Vegas last night.
The undefeated American, 38, who insisted this was his last fight, was defending his WBC and WBA welterweight titles and was simply too difficult to hit at the MGM Grand.
He scored 120-108, 118-110 and 117-111against Andre Berto who gave his all but was not enough to outscore or force a knockout on Mayweather who equalled Rocky Marciano’s career record of 49-0, . Mayweather made $34m (£22m) for his latest win.
“My career is over, that’s official,” said five-weight world champion Mayweather, widely regarded as the greatest fighter of his generation.
“You’ve got to know when to hang them up. I’m close to 40 now. There’s nothing left to prove in the sport of boxing. Now I just want to spend time with my family.
“I am leaving the sport with all my faculties, I’m still sharp and smart. I’ve accomplished everything in this sport, there’s nothing else to accomplish.”
The 32-year-old Berto is a two-time welterweight world champion and came into the fight having lost only three of his 33 professional bouts.
But those three defeats came in his previous six contests and pretty much nobody gave him a chance against Mayweather, who was engaging in his 26th world title fight and whose unbeaten streak goes back to 1996.
We await to see if the opening of MGM’s new arena and a rematch against Manny Pacquiao, whom Mayweather beat in May in the richest fight in history, or against the winner of Miguel Cotto-Saul Alvarez will prove too tempting to turn down in the near future