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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Floyd Mayweather will face Andre Berto - the final fight of career !!

It  rained crores for both the winner and loser ! – and what unimaginable amounts !!  - like the ‘ball of the century’ that bemused Gatting, it was dubbed  ‘fight of the century’ - ~at  the arena, it was great hype -  viewers across the United States complained their paid for viewing - at $99 a piece - was crashing.  Record sales of more than four million had been predicted before the flight on Saturday, carrying the gross value revenue from the richest fight of all time above half a billion dollars.  DirecTV, which serves the entire US, were suffering black-outs.  It was a boxing bout – not the ones we read earlier of  that  legendary  match in which Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion of the world.  Things have changed ! 

In what was touted as ‘fight of the century’, they rewarded him with cascading waves of boos. To stand and peer around the darkened arena in Mayweather's moment of triumph was to see a striking sight, as most of those booing appeared to be not Filipino fans of the beaten Manny Pacquiao but Americans, white and black. How the refs judged it: 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.

   The 38-year-old favorite conquered the Filipino in front of thousands of boxing fans and celebrities who had flown into Sin City from around the world just to be ringside for the historic bout.  Mayweather made a surprisingly strong start, then withstood some aggressive counter-punching by the Filipino southpaw in the later rounds as he improved his career record to 48-0.The battered  Manny Pacquiao narrowly lost the  fight of the century to Floyd Mayweather... who walked away with $180MILLION in winnings;  while Pacquiao will take home around $120million.

Some media broke it down by the second, but think of it this way; Pacquiao took in about $1.4 million per punch landed.  Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision  in a fight that was widely ridiculed by boxing fans for being boring and simply not worth the time and money. Mayweather’s highly defensive boxing style didn’t deliver the excitement many fans were hoping for, though it did improve his record to 48-0.  There were also specuations  that an injury to Manny Pacquiao would rule out a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, - The attraction for both men is obvious with Mayweather estimated to have earned $180m [1150 crores ! is that right ?]  and Pacquiao $120m.

Today comes the news that Floyd Mayweather will face Andre Berto on Sept. 12 for the final fight of his career, the undefeated boxer revealed on Instagram.Mayweather (48-0, 26 knockouts) will defend his welterweight world titles against Berto (30-3, 23 knockouts), in an attempt to match the late heavyweight champion Rocky Maricano’s 49-0 record. Showtime pay-per-view will broadcast the fight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Mayweather, who defeated Manny Pacquiao in a  fight in May, said in a statement: “I’m ready to get back in the ring on September 12 and prove again to the whole world why I’m ‘The Best Ever’ … Forty-eight have tried before and on September 12, I’m going to make it 49.”

Andre Michael Berto,  is a Haitian-American professional boxer who is a two-time Welterweight champion and the current WBA Welterweight Interim Champion.  Berto was an odds-on favorite to breeze through the 2004 Olympic Trials and qualify as a member of the US Olympic boxing squad. Those dreams were dashed in the opening round of the trials, when he was disqualified for throwing Juan McPherson to the canvas. Berto was winning the fight, before McPherson bumped into him before being pushed to the canvas, and was deemed in no condition to continue. The act was ruled a flagrant foul, and Berto was disqualified. Because his parents emigrated from Haiti, Berto was able to keep his Olympic hopes alive, qualifying for Team Haiti, and subsequently granted Haitian citizenship alongside his American nationality, an exception the island country awarded the Olympian. Berto lost in the first-round to Xavier Noel of France.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

5th Aug 2015.

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