Money: Swan Song or Swan Lake?

By Joe Masterleo on September 10, 2015
Money: Swan Song or Swan Lake?
Viewers' eyes tire of such predictably plodding performances, however skillfully executed.

And his comeback won’t be about money. There isn’t enough money in the world to satisfy an ambitious ego hungry for acclaim…

Some say that if this fight was a basketball game, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) would be cherry-picking. Maybe so. Yet the champ’s career has been nothing short of superb, taking on all comers, dodging no contender of consequence. His sterling record, a made to order sundae with the works. So putting a cherry (Berto) on top of his fistic dessert is merely a kingly prerogative.

At 3-3 in his last 6 fights, Berto will enter the ring with an apple in his mouth. Clearly, it is Mayweather’s fight to lose.

(Be advised: come Saturday evening, best invest your PPV $ going out to dinner.)

Meanwhile, the bout is drawing as much interest as a Jeb Bush rally. By mid-week 2100 tickets were still unsold at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. No surprise. Watching the flawless Mayweather methodically stalk yet another victim while systematically picking his bones clean, is like watching a legislator filibuster to prolong the inevitable. Enough already. A viewer’s eye tires of such predictably plodding performances, however skillfully executed.

As for the bout itself, look for Mayweather to be Mayweather, carving-up Berto (33-3, 23 KOs) with his surgically precise offense and perplexing defense, stopping the challenger by round 7. En route, this conservative monarch will again take no chances, playing the king as if afraid his opponent will play the ace. In boxing, caution is to daring what wisdom is to foolishness. And in the ring, Mayweather, candidate for TBE (the best ever) personifies the analogue precisely.

Berto’s only chance lies in catching the champ in a rare lapse, allowing him to win the lottery with his ace, a timely overhand right. Not likely, though stranger things have happened in boxing.

While Pretty Boy claims this bout will be his last, says here, a guy with his oversized ego will not be satisfied with merely matching Rocky Marciano’s record. The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. As “Money” has yet to master neither his ego nor its unruly wagging tongue, Berto will prove less Mayweather’s Swan Song than his latest rendition of Swan Lake, prancing toward TBE distinction.

For Berto, however, it will be his Nutcracker.

An athlete’s ego forbids certain lines of thought, particularly when it comes to boxers hanging-up their gloves with finality. Sadly, we’ve seen it all too often. So, roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news—Floyd’s retirement shall be short-lived. And his comeback won’t be about money. There isn’t enough money in the world to satisfy an ambitious ego hungry for acclaim.

Speaking of Tchaikovsky, one might put Mayweather-Berto to the musical score of yet another of this Russian composer’s classics, Sleeping Beauty. As surely, this bout will lull the lot of us to sleep.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto Promo 2015 (1080p)



Swan Lake Act II - Cygnets' Dance



Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven (1956)



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  2. Aztec Warrior 02:39pm, 09/10/2015

    Peter, you are exactly right about Boxing.com. I love this site because of the
    variety of stories and discussions here. I would also recommend
    boxingtribune.com as well if you checked it out yet.
    As far as the fight, well, honestly I don’t know why anyone would buy it. Not even
    the Mayweather fans. Complete waste of time AND Money….pun intended.

  3. peter 11:39am, 09/10/2015

    Like any great fighter, Boxing.com thinks outside of the box and does the unthinkable. This eclectic site delivers wonderful boxing articles like this one, and then there is this cultural video featuring Swan Lake Act II - Cygnets’ Dance beside a video of rocker Chuck Berry performing “Roll Over Beethoven.”  A site that can embrace an ethereal Swan Lake and a repugnant “Two Ton” Tony Galento, (even a Floyd Mayweather), is all right in my book. Keep them coming.

  4. FrankinDallas 11:12am, 09/10/2015

    “Casuals” have a nasty taste in their mouths after the Pac-Floyd
    snoozer, and I’m getting the impression boxing FANS will be avoiding
    this PPV as well. If you LIKE Floyd, you may pay, but if you HATE Floyd
    there’s no reason to watch because there is very little chance of a
    Douglas-Tyson type shocker. Therefore, the PPV numbers will be very low is my prediction.

    And that’s even if Floyd gets an IV with a saline and vitamin solution
    IN THE RING during introductions.

  5. dollarbond 10:03am, 09/10/2015

    Who cares?

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:44am, 09/10/2015

    Seems as though there are highly intelligent and accomplished people on this site in a quandary about what this developmentally disabled boxing savant is going to do next?!.....go figure!

  7. Eric 08:10am, 09/10/2015

    Will Floyd receive a cameo in the remake of, “Roadhouse.” Will Ronda Rousey kick Floyd’s arse in REEL life if Floyd receives spot in the Patrick Swayze cult classic. “Expect the unexpected.” hehe.

  8. KB 07:32am, 09/10/2015

    Quite!

  9. Mike Casey 07:10am, 09/10/2015

    He’ll take that 50th fight, Ted - whatever the circumstances.

  10. KB 06:28am, 09/10/2015

    Iceman John Scully says,  “What I envision is that he will retire, only to come back in what he hopes will be a hugely anticipated event, like when Sugar Ray Leonard came back to fight Kevin Howard in 1984, and again to fight Hagler in 1987. The whole theme would be that he just couldn’t retire until he made it to an even 50. That will be the whole theme of the promotion, and they will sell a million hats with the number 50 on them.”

    A great take

  11. KB 06:13am, 09/10/2015

    Well done Joe except I’d opine that Berto’s signature punch (and best chance) is his uppercut. And if he tries it here, a fully prepared Floyd will hook him out.


    And anyone who thinks this is Mayweather’s last fight is p——ing against the wind. It will be 50 and out.

    I shall not buy the PPV unless the editor comps me and thats also like p—-ing into the wind.

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