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Big Fight Preview: Floyd Mayweather v Andre Berto

7th September 2015

Big Fight Preview: Floyd Mayweather v Andre Berto
All eyes are on Las Vegas this week, as we're just days away from what's being billed as the final fight of Floyd Mayweather's 19 year boxing career. Throughout the build-up, Floyd has constantly reiterated that this will be his final bout, as the undefeated five-division world champion takes on Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Arena this Saturday night.


Following his victory over Manny Pacquiao in"the fight of the century", Mayweather Jnr moved to 48-0 in his boxing career and remained undefeated. The judges scorecards handed Mayweather the unanimous victory over his Philippine opponent in what was a cagey affair.

The usually relentless Manny Pacquiao was far from it, as Mayweather dominated the fight. It came to light afterwards that Pacquiao was fighting through a shoulder injury and this had hindered his usually fast and aggressive style. Irregardless of the reasons, the fight did not live up to it's billing.

Saturday's fight against Andre Berto has not gathered anywhere near the same level of media hype. Mayweather has long been criticised for 'cherry picking' his opponents and would've hoped those allegations would vanish following his victory over Pacquiao, the man he supposedly did not want to fight. However these claims have come to the forefront again after choosing to fight Berto, rather than a younger, more challenging fighter.

Andre Berto, who most consider to be past his prime, only has a 50% win rate since 2011, winning and losing three fights in that time period. He is a massive underdog with very few expecting him to pose any threat to Mayweather's record. On paper, this should be a breeze for someone of Mayweather's calibre, even if Berto is a talented fighter.

Would he really stop on 49?

Mayweather has been consistently promoting this fight as his last ever. However with a win on Saturday night he'd move to 49-0 in his career. Being the showman that he is, it's hard to imagine that Mayweather would retire now before he reaches 50 wins. Going out with a routine win against a lesser opponent in Berto, would be an anticlimactic end to a headline-grabbing career.

So it's pretty likely this is not the last time we will see Floyd Mayweather. Especially given that the MGM Grand - his favourite fight venue - is unveiling a new 20,000 seater arena next April. Who better to headline the grand opening?

Learn to box

Boxing has become an extremely popular way of keeping fit in recent years. Of all the Martial Arts, it is without doubt the one with the most media coverage and this has encouraged young athletes to give it a try. It is used as part of fitness regimes at a lot of professional sports clubs, with boxing workouts and diets amongst the toughest available.

And it's not just for men. Most boxing clubs now have specifically catered boxing classes for women, as it continues to grow in popularity following the success of Team GB boxer Nicola Adams at the 2012 London Olympics.

Boxing is a fast fighting art and training focuses on a range of flexible techniques such as attacking and defending simultaneously against a closer-positioned opponent.

Training to learn how to box is available for beginners, right the way through to professional boxing. Everyone's got to start somewhere.

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