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Mayweather and Berto bout set for Sept. 12 in Las Vegas

Courtesy of Unique Fact
Courtesy of Unique Fact

Floyd Mayweather’s undefeated record will be tested once more on Sept. 12 against Andre Berto for what is believed to be the final match of his historic 19-year career.

It was announced Tuesday that Mayweather (48-0) will look to defend his welterweight world titles against Berto (30-3) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather will enter the ring just four months after his unanimous decision victory against Manny Pacquiao in what was tabbed as “The fight of the century.”

Berto, however, will come into the match having lost two straight matches and three of his past six fights. To his credit, Berto is two-time welterweight world titleholder who currently holds an interim belt, and could challenge the 38-year-old Mayweather.

Berto, 31, will have to overcome a height disadvantage as he is measured at 5-foot-6, while Mayweather stands at 5-foot-8. Not only that, Berto will be facing one of the best defensive fighters of all time. Berto will have to employ a smart offensive strategy. If he holds back, Mayweather will look to pounce.

Mayweather is listed as the heavy favorite at -2400, according to Sports Book William Hill, but that hasn’t shaken the confidence of Berto. Berto said he is “coming to kick Mayweather’s ass” and that “somebody is going to get knocked out, and it won’t be him.”

However, Mayweather remained unfazed by Berto’s comments and said that he “will prove to the world once again why he is the best” and “48 others have tried before, and on Sept. 12, he will make it 49.”

With a victory, Mayweather will tie legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s perfect 49-0 record and cement his place in history as one of the world’s best.

The fight will be the final of a lucrative six-fight deal Mayweather signed with Showtime/CBS in 2013, which leads to the speculation that this will be his last fight.

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