“You’ve got to know when it’s time to hang it up, and it’s my time to hang up,” Mayweather said. “I’ve been in the sport 19 years and been a world champion for 18. I have nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing.” – Floyd Mayweather
This past Saturday on September 12, 2015, the greatest pound for pound prizefighter in the world Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. defended the WBC, WBA (Super), and The Ring welterweight titles against WBA interim champion Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The title bout didn’t spark too much media hype even though it was Floyd’s last boxing match. Most boxing enthusiasts were still disappointed in Floyd last megafight with Pacquaio, which was billed as “The Fight of the Year.”
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Andre Berto, billed as “High Stakes”, was reminiscent of many of Floyd’s world championship fights. Floyd Mayweather dictated the pace of the fight, pounded Berto with his jab, worked the body, and largely controlled the action. Andre Berto didn’t have the game plan or style to be a dangerous opposition for Floyd Mayweather, which many boxing enthusiasts knew from the start. Floyd Mayweather cruised to an easy victory, running his professional boxing record to 49-0 tying Rocky Marciano’s career record. Moreover, like Rocky Marciano, he announced his retirement after achieving that feat.
“My career’s over. It’s official,” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. said in the ring after his 49th victory. “You’ve got to know when to hang it up.”
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has made more than $700 million in his professional boxing career and is looking forward to spending time with his family.
“I’m financially secure and I’m in good health,” he added. “I’m looking forward to finding the next Floyd Mayweather and seeing someone breaks all these records I set.”
The crowd briefly chanted “TBE! TBE!” during the fight, referring to Mayweather’s self-anointed moniker of “The Best Ever.”
The Best Ever?
Is Floyd Mayweather, Jr. the best ever? Well, most boxing historians and aficionados consider Sugar Ray Robinson the best prizefighter ever and Muhammad Ali “The Greatest”. Some feel Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Pernell Whitaker were better than he was. It is hard to argue against perfection, which Floyd Mayweather has in his favor.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has been the best boxer in the last decade and is the greatest boxer in his era. However, I don’t think he is the best fighter ever. Floyd Mayweather is the best at playing the boxing game from the business side to my assessment. He surpassed Don King, Mike Tyson, and Oscar De La Hoya to become boxing’s greatest and richest attraction ever.
Yes, Floyd is the best ever to bring awareness to his world championship fights and make all the money while doing it.
By Shamarie, 15th Sep 2015