The Long Goodbye: Mayweather-Berto Predictions

By Boxing News on September 11, 2015
The Long Goodbye: Mayweather-Berto Predictions
This is how the writers see Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto. (Sloan Art)

Mayweather has always done it his way and will continue to do it his way. After all, some things are eternal…

Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs), from Las Vegas by way of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will defend his WBA and WBC welterweight titles against Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs), from Winter Haven, Florida, in what he says is his final fight. Mayweather’s virtues are as familiar as Berto’s deficits, which is reason enough to have selected a more challenging opponent for this “historic” bout. But Mayweather has always done it his way and will continue to do it his way. After all, some things are eternal. This is how the writers see Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto.

Adam Berlin: “Two easy predictions: This will not be Money May’s last fight. And this fake finale will be a blow-out. Never that good in his prime—decent skills, adequate power, a mediocre will—Andre Berto’s a diminished fighter who, despite what Showtime wants you to believe, doesn’t even have a puncher’s chance. Everyone should boycott this PPV non-event, which will be a sparring session, prep for a mega payday when the king of self-promotion shoots for 50 and 0. Mayweather is a supremely skilled boxer. He’s a savvy businessman. But Mayweather/Berto and all this fight represents is proof positive that Floyd Mayweather will never approach TBE status. A joke fight should be treated as a joke—Mayweather should have delivered Saturday’s punch line for free on network TV.”

Joshua Broom: “My prediction for Mayweather vs. Berto is probably like most, a decisive Mayweather victory. But unlike some, I actually expect the former two-time welterweight titlist to have his moments early on in the contest. I’m predicting the 32-year-old Berto will come out gallantly swinging for the fences in the first three rounds before Floyd’s legendary boxing radar allows him to pick up on Berto’s rhythm and methodically take him apart en route to a late stoppage victory. With Mayweather’s almost certain victory, he will move to 49-0 and tie heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano’s vaunted unblemished record in the process. However, I don’t think that Floyd’s choice of opponent is apropos for his final fight. I also feel as if Floyd defeating Berto does nothing at all to elevate his legacy in the sport. If anything, fighting Berto in his ‘farewell fight’ diminishes the Mayweather legacy. Make no mistake, throughout his stellar career ‘Money Ma’ has achieved more than most fighters already enshrined in the coveted International Boxing Hall of Fame. He’s beaten men such as Pacquiao, Mosley, Cotto and De La Hoya who are either members of or will no doubt be enshrined as members of Canastota’s hallowed halls. But ending his career opposite the ring with a fighter such as Berto is just not the way I envisioned Floyd saying goodbye. Mayweather will TKO Berto in the 8th round.”

Mike Casey: “Andre Berto has had six fights in the last four years and lost three of them, including unanimous defeats to Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz—both on Mayweather’s hit list. Say no more? I’m sure Andre will give it his all in his final shot at glory, but try as I might to imagine a fairy tale result, I can’t see Floyd slipping to 48-1. For that to happen, he will need to come into the ring feeling seriously unwell. The champ doesn’t seem to do knockouts these days, but I see him chopping up Berto and stopping him around the 10th round—unless Floyd should feel the need for a 12-round workout in preparation for that 50th fight that he’s (allegedly) not going to have!”

Jose Corpas: “It’s being billed as the final fight of one of the sport’s most polarizing fighters. Last chance they say to tune in to either see his mastery or, depending on what side of the fence one is on, to see if he gets toppled. Fat chance Berto is the one according to the odds. Floyd has been so good, he’s made all his opponents—22 of them former titlists—look as if they weren’t fighting. He’s won all sorts of titles at 130, 135, 140, 147, and 154. He’s made so much money he changed his nickname from ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ to ‘Money’ after leaving Top Rank and adopting the bad boy of boxing persona. That image, which included tossing Benjamins at strippers and flaunting seven-figure jewelry, had many tuning in hoping to see him sprawled on the canvas. Forty-eight tried and 48 failed. Partly, say many, because in order to fight Money, they had to concede every advantage and fight on his terms. Beaten before the fight started many fans and media explained, though none of his opponents complained. Berto hopes to make the best of the opportunity. His hands are quick enough to give him a moment or two but his lack of defense and limited footwork likely spells another fight where Floyd will win as many rounds as he wishes. That’s why Berto was chosen, Floyd’s detractors will say for all eternity. The undefeated record was so precious to Floyd that he backed away from several serious threats. Some wanted him to fight Golovkin. Or a fresh young fighter like Keith Thurman. Or a fighter with potentially troublesome movement like Amir. Has Floyd ever heard of Erislandy Lara? It doesn’t matter. He’ll fight who he wants he unapologetically reminds us all. Which leaves fans no other choice but to discuss his place in history and how he would fare against the best of all time. Personally, I think he fares well against anyone. His defense is as solid as his gold watches. Because of that, he probably beats them all. Duran? A master of brutality yes, but also someone who struggled to crack the riddles posed by Viruet, Cilomar, Saoul, and Wilfred. Hearns? At 147, Tommy looked every bit like both of his nicknames and thrived against fighters Floyd’s height. But against the slickest fighters he fought, like Sugar Ray, Benitez, and even Harold Weston Jr., his long right hand bombs failed to detonate. Armstrong? Who knows what would’ve happened. Floyd’s legacies are set. Both of them. One legacy will be that of brilliant fighter among the best ever. The other legacy will be of a fighter who’s biggest talent was being at the right place at the right time against an opponent of his choosing, on the date of his choosing, in the city of his choosing, etc. He’s earned both legacies. Both will be on display tomorrow. Floyd will look brilliant again. But yes, it will be against an opponent picked especially for the occasion. But I’m not mad at Floyd. He’s beaten enough excellent fighters. I’m convinced of his excellence. I’m glad I witnessed his destructions of Genaro Hernandez, Arturo Gatti, Ricky Hatton, and Diego Corrales. He schooled Canelo, Marquez and a bunch of others. I’m grateful for the memories and hope he enjoys his retirement. But I’m not tuning in simply because I feel like I’ve seen this dance before. Floyd has invited the perfect opponent to his retirement party.”

Jill Diamond: “Floyd. Floyd. Floyd. Perhaps one of his more crowd-pleasing fights. And saying it’s his last fight makes up for dashed expectations of a charismatic opponent, and sells a lot of tickets.”

Robert Ecksel: “Any fight that’s a foregone conclusion is a fight of little interest. Berto may be as personable as Mayweather is not, but Saturday’s pay-per-view extravaganza is not a personality contest, it’s a fight, and Berto, who has lost three of his last six, has done nothing to earn this shot. Floyd is entitled to a victory lap, or several victory laps if he wants. His success in and out of the ring gives him carte blanche to do as he pleases. He says he won’t miss boxing when he retires. Boxing, by the same token, will not miss him. But this boondoggle of a contest is further evidence, as if further evidence was needed, that while Mayweather’s greatness is a given, his contempt for fight fans and boxing tradition may even trump his narcissism.”

The Fight Film Collector:

Floyd Mayweather’s Retirement Checklist
Please answer YES or NO to the following questions:
1. Are you ready for a 95% pay cut
2. Are you prepared to live outside of the public spotlight?
3. Can you accept being replaced as P4P king?
4. Do you have plans to achieve publicity without making a scene, harassing others, or getting in trouble with the law?
5. Do you understand that negotiating with future business partners in the banking, real estate and entertainment industries will be different than dictating terms with your boxing opponents?
6. Do you understand that your clothing and music investments will, at best, make only a fraction of the money you earned in a single boxing match.
7. Do you understand the fundamental difference regarding enforcement between the Internal Revenue Service and the Nevada State Athletic Commission?

Clarence George: “Andre Berto was a good fighter. He’s still all right, but past whatever prime he had and has about as much chance of beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. as I’d have of coming out on top against the WWE’s 7-foot, 450-pound Big Show. Should Berto win, it would bring whole new meaning to ‘upset.’ Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson would be relegated to the status of also-ran. What’s likelier, to put it mildly, is an unspeakably boring fight with Mayweather winning by easy unanimous decision, though I wouldn’t be surprised by a late-round stoppage (via, say, 10th-round TKO). While Mayweather fans will rejoice at his matching Rocky Marciano’s legendary 49-0, it should go without saying (however much it doesn’t) that it’s inherently impossible for a welterweight to challenge a heavyweight’s record. There’ll be a 50th fight, of course, perhaps Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao II, which will do P.T. Barnum proud. Whatever his skills, Mayweather is a fan-unfriendly fighter who has in no way benefited boxing. I’m with Doug Fischer, who justifiably resents the ‘frustration and tedium of the Money era and his stranglehold on the sport.’”

Johnathan Lee Iverson: “Come one, come all to Floyd Mayweather’s swan song. Andre Berto brings absolutely nothing Floyd hasn’t seen before. It doesn’t matter that Berto has teamed with the sage-like Virgil Hunter. Andre Berto’s time has passed. A career that should have been one of the more illustrious of the era, will simply be remembered as what might have been, bearing some miraculous happening this weekend at the MGM. However, I strongly doubt that. When Berto faces Mayweather this Sept. 12, he will be served an intimate look at what happens when a fighter seizes his potential and commits himself wholly to his craft. This will be a very lopsided ordeal which will likely end in a unanimous decision for his ITALICMoneyness, allowing him to venture off into the sunset of retirement, leaving us talking heads to contemplate his place in boxing history. However, no one will dispute, that he is the greatest ITALICprizefighter to ever live. No fighter has so brilliantly monetized the disdain of the public. When Floyd says, ‘I’m gonna miss the haters,’ there’s good reason for that, as he’s made a healthy fortune as the man fans love to hate. If they haven’t yet, athletes will certainly refer to Mayweather’s proverbial playbook to study how he took the reins of his career and became the world’s wealthiest and most liberated athlete. I hope he doesn’t fall into the trap of restlessness common to sportsmen who’ve indulged the limelight and all that comes with it. He’s made more than enough money and has plenty of toys to occupy numerous lifetimes. Hopefully, the champ’s life outside of the ring will be one of great significance not merely fame. I wish him nothing but the best.”

Daniel Kravetz: “I can envision scenarios in which Mayweather is momentarily threatened, and certainly ones in which he finds himself obliged to stand and fight. I would be no less pleased to watch him emerge as his purest self and lay Berto onto the operating table. Mayweather is a fascinating study as a human, and also one who becomes harder to like with each passing year, but my interest in him remains primarily an aesthetic one. Whether or not this fight is his last, no matter how easy it may (or may not) prove to be, and no matter what he does to offend the righteous in its aftermath, I will continue to regard his rare 47-minute exhibitions as among the most awesome in sports. I’m not sure that any amount of conscious indignation could diffuse the more visceral, subjective pleasure. Call it a vice. I’ll enjoy Mayweather’s shows as long as he can—or chooses to—produce them.”

Marc Livitz: “Saturday’s contest has all the trappings of another Mayweather master class as his storied career comes to a promised end. Andre Berto has the ability to present problems to his opponents, provided they aren’t among the best of our generation. In addition to Floyd’s sublime defensive skill, he takes a sense of thrift and commerce into the ring with him. What’s the number one rule in running a small business? Of course, it’s location, location, location. No one neither uses nor knows the ring quite as well as the Las Vegas based champion. Speed, agility and an almost psychic sense of anticipation are among the pugilistic traits he will once again take into the squared circle with him come Saturday evening. Berto may not have the energy or patience to push the action for a full thirty-six minutes, so all the while Floyd will simply wait for it to come to him. He’ll use his art of angles as well as positioning. His quick left jab to the body over time will put his Florida foe into prime focus for his follow up right. Mayweather will do as he has done over nearly the past two decades. He will win on Saturday. He’ll coast to an easy unanimous decision win. If he feels so inclined, perhaps he’ll go for the late knockout win in an effort to snub those who have labeled this contest as a waste of time. That would be typical Floyd all the way.”

Norman Marcus: “There is not much to report here. Mayweather 48-0 is heavily favored. Berto 30-3 is a 12-1 underdog. The champion will stick and move, taking no chances with the challenger. Berto will not be able to catch him. Andre has split 3-3 in his last 6 bouts. Losing to Victor Ortiz UD12, Robert Guerrero UD12 and Jesus Soto Karass by TKO12. Prediction: Mayweather defeats Berto by UD12. Don’t buy this one. Floyd is still counting his Pacquiao money! Fool me twice shame on me!”

Joe Masterleo: “Question: How many believe Floyd Jr. will hang ‘em up forever post-Berto? Answer: About as many who give Berto a shot at winning on Saturday. May-Bert will definitely not be Pretty Boy’s Swan Song, merely his latest rendition of Swan Lake, prancing toward TBE (The Best Ever) distinction. Besides, a man’s last fight is always with his ego. As Money isn’t up to facing, let alone breaking-down that elusive opponent just yet, he will continue to dismantle others. Look for Money to unravel Berto between rounds 5-7. PPV subscriptions are way down, and antidepressant prescriptions are way up for this one. By the way, PPV (Pay-Per-View) is not to be confused with PPV (Post Payment Verification), the latter of which is a legal term alerting boxers that when Don King signs their check, it may not clear). Anyway, if you thought May-Pac was a snoozer, May-Bert will put you in a coma. And when you awaken, say, a year from now, Money will be back in the ring, fully ‘unretired.’”

Robert Mladinich: “This fight will be no different than all of Mayweather’s others. He will win by boring, unanimous decision and retire, only to announce his return for ‘one more fight’ within a year. It will probably be against Pacquiao.”

Ted Sares: “Assessing Mayweather’s chances in any fight is not a very difficult task given that he always enters the ring and fights in character and never reacts when hit. His stoic demeanor and resiliency even if fouled (as against Ortiz, for example) will allow him to keep a hard-charging (and maybe even bull-rushing) Berto at bay. Floyd doesn’t cut; Berto does. Thus, Floyd’s jabs, lead rights, and lightning-fast counters should begin to break up Andre’s face by the mid-rounds. From that point forward, it will be a race to see if Mayweather can finally get a TKO or simply wait for a dominant UD win. Also, should Berto come up with something unanticipated and effective, Floyd will adjust accordingly as only a great fighter can and frustrate Berto. While he may not be ‘the best ever,’ he is more than skilled enough to dominate a ‘no hope’ opponent like Andre Berto and secure his 49th win as a segue to 50 and out.”

Dennis Taylor: “I’ll never forget Floyd Mayweather Jr. I just don’t expect to remember him very often. The tendency, right or wrong, is to think about boxers who thought about their fans. Far as I can tell, Floyd never did. From a humanitarian perspective, it’s not very compassionate to mark a guy down for taking a safety-first approach to life and limb. It’s the smartest path toward a healthy retirement, whether you’re a fighter or a State Farm Insurance agent. It’s also the intelligent way to box. Hit, but don’t get hit ... that’s ‘The Sweet Science.’ But most memorable fighters were blood donors, not scientists, in a sport with a fan base that requires regular transfusions. Mayweather never spilled a drop for his fans, which is why very few of us feel a blood brotherhood with Floyd. By Mayweather’s count, Berto will be the 23rd world champion he’s fought in an undefeated, 17-year pro career. That, by itself, is beyond impressive. But Floyd also has earned a career-long reputation a cherry-picker—a safety-first guy who takes only calculated risks, never scheduling a rival until he sees him fading. Berto, who has lost three of his last six, is just the latest cherry. We can hope to see a fearless, relentless, rejuvenated Andre Berto applying overwhelming pressure to make Saturday night’s fight interesting ... but it’s not bloody likely. If Mayweather’s history is an indication, it won’t be bloody anything. Mayweather wins in 12 forgettable rounds. Why expect anything more?”

Jeffrey Sussman: “Mayweather by a decision.”

Peter Wood: “Let’s make this prediction interesting: The Ring Magazine Upset of the Year in 1985 was Michael Spinks beating Larry Holmes. This year’s Upset of the Year will be Andre Berto over Floyd Mayweather. Floyd will be penalized repeatedly during the bout for holding. Berto won’t be able to land his favorite punch—the uppercut—but he will win on aggression. Floyd will cry, ‘Marciano couldn’t even hold my jockstrap.’”

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  1. Clarence George 06:15am, 09/12/2015

    Dennis’ reference to “a fan base that requires regular transfusions” reminds me of how Harry Balogh, the Slip Mahoney of ring announcers, responded to a cheap-seat fan who screamed, “I want blood!  Give me blood!”  Answered Balogh, “There will be no transfusions for fifty cents!”

    Yesterday we saw Roberta Vinci do the seemingly impossible by beating Serena Williams.  Will history repeat itself, and with such dispatch?  Will Berto beat Mayweather?  For the life of me, I don’t see how.  But, then, I didn’t see how Vinci could beat Williams.

  2. Don from Prov 06:06am, 09/12/2015


  3. rob 10:15pm, 09/11/2015

    Bunch of haters getting one last dig in on a 38 yr old figther who they never got the satisfaction of seeing him lose

  4. Watch Boxing Live 07:29pm, 09/11/2015

    This Is Good Post.
    I also Like Floyd mayweather.
    I Wants To, The Fight Win Mayweather.

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