Is Floyd Mayweather Taking An Easy Fight As A Tune-Up For A Pacquiao Rematch?
Eric Goldschein 12:34 pm, July 27th, 2015
The world has soured on Floyd Mayweather, generally speaking -- only domestic abuse apologists stand in his corner after he alienated the public with an overhyped snoozefest of a fight against Manny Pacquiao earlier this year. Now even the boxing world is piling on him now that his next (and "last") fight is rumored to be against Andre Berto. But is this all part of Mayweather's plan to pull another huge payday with a Manny Pacquaio rematch afterwards?
Mayweather is 48-0, and has said that when his current contract is up he'll be done fighting. That would make Berto, on CBS, Mayweather's last fight ever -- which would be insane for a fighter of his caliber. Berto was once a title-holder, but he's just 3-3 in his last six fights and is clearly no match for Mayweather. On a number of levels:
If Mayweather ends his career against Berto, it'll only reinforce the narrative that he ducked big fights in order to maintain a perfect record. He even fought Pacquiao too late for most people's liking, and when he did, Pacquiao was injured.
So is this really going to be Mayweather's last fight? Doubtful. Stephen A. Smith, the ultimate Mayweather hype man, thinks that this free fight against Berto will be a prelude to a comeback fight against a rejuvenated Pacquiao:
Just like Jay-Z retired in order to "come back" and make millions, Mayweather would use the Berto tune-up as a springboard to another huge payday fight against Pacquiao, as people clamor to see his last "real" fight. Perhaps by then, everyone will have forgotten how much they spent on watching the first, incredibly disappointing bout and dole out big bucks for pay-per-view once again. They're not doing that if Mayweather fights -- and loses to -- someone formidable like Gennady Golovkin beforehand. There's just not as much money in that fight, regardless of whether Golovkin is Mayweather's 49th fight or his 50th.
And nobody is better than Mayweather at making money. Even if the man isn't the greatest fighter of all time, he'll go down as the all-time marketing genius.
The proposed fight against Berto would take place Sept. 12.
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