Floyd Mayweatherâ€™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 â€œThe fight of the century.â€
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 hasnâ€™t shaken the confidence of Berto. Berto said he is â€œcoming to kick Mayweatherâ€™s assâ€ and that â€œsomebody is going to get knocked out, and it wonâ€™t be him.â€
However, Mayweather remained unfazed by Bertoâ€™s comments and said that he â€œwill prove to the world once again why he is the bestâ€ and â€œ48 others have tried before, and on Sept. 12, he will make it 49.â€
With a victory, Mayweather will tie legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marcianoâ€™s perfect 49-0 record and cement his place in history as one of the worldâ€™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.