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Showtime and Mayweather Promotions have 35 days to convince you to spend $75 plus taxes to witness Floyd Mayweather’s “final” bout against Andre Berto.
From Mayweather’s perspective, who’s guaranteed a minimum of $30 million per fight, a paycheck is a paycheck. He remains dumbfounded at the criticism since he believes Berto’s style lends to a more aesthetically pleasing bout than what happened in May against Manny Pacquiao.
“The difference between Andre Berto and Pacquiao is you guys [to the media] put hype behind Pacquiao,” said Mayweather. “My job was to go out there and be Floyd Mayweather and be a chess player and that’s what I did. I found a way to win.”
In his last six fights, Berto is 3-3 but on a two-fight win streak with victories over Steve Upsher and Josesito Lopez (the latter being Premier Boxing Champions’ debut on Spike TV). Despite not having a win over a Top 10 welterweight, Berto likens the contest to a better version of Mayweather’s 2006 bout against Zab Judah.
“Have you ever seen a boring Andre Berto fight?” said Berto. “At the end of the day we work our butt off, I’ve been working for a long time. Right now, the harvest is coming. We sowed the seeds and the time is now.
I bring that rare combination of speed, power and explosiveness to the table. The last person he bought with that combination was Zab Judah. I’m younger, I’m hungry; I’m strong and fast. I’m focused on what I’m coming to get.”
Regarding the previous rumors of the fight ending up on CBS, Showtime Sports Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza revealed it was never a realistic option. There was simply not enough time to secure the advertising dollars needed to turn a profit.
But what about some of the ranked welterweights with quality wins, like Amir Khan and Keith Thurman?
“Khan still needs to get past Danny Garcia. If I did the fight could’ve happened,” Mayweather argued. “I don’t know him [Thurman] too much. I’ve seen a couple of his fights. I think a good fight for him is Errol Spence.”
Also on hand during the presser were the participants of the confirmed undercard matchups: Badou Jack vs. George Groves, Orlando Salido vs. Rocky Martinez II, and the non-ppv pre-show bout of Ishe Smith vs. Vanes Martirosyan.