EXPECTEDLY, it was a rout, and an overmatched Andre Berto was left in awe at Floyd’s skill and speed.
You will have to forgive Berto for coming out of that fight gushing like an infatuated teenager. After all, he only landed a paltry 16 percent of his shots and the scores of 120-108, 118-110, and a rather generous 117-111 were emblematic of the fight’s complexion.
I usually give a fight recap here for the benefit of those who missed it but really, there was nothing to miss as it was practically a glorified sparring session.
In typical Mayweather fashion, he dominated his slower opponent, spearing him with jabs, making him miss and countering him silly.
The battle for the super middleweight crown in the undercard between George Groves and Badou Jack proved to be more compelling, as well as Orlando Salido’s barn burner with Roman Martinez.
BERTO. Interestingly, prior to the fight, Floyd was interviewed admitting to the fact that he thought Berto was only a B level opponent, but insisted the latter could bring out the best in him.
The B level tag was probably as sincere as it could get from Floyd, and I don’t see Berto rising up to a higher level even if Floyd stays retired.
The best fighter on his resume that he ever beat was Carlos Quintana and the latter—who once showed promise—is presently nowhere near the elite level radar in the welterweight division
RETIREMENT. So was that really his send off? For me, it’s a yes and a no.
Yes, if nothing compelling comes up and the offer isn’t lucrative enough.
Floyd will stay retired and wallow in self-content with his 49-0 record.
But remember that he has un-retired once before and so it’s not exactly foreign territory for him.
This was after he narrowly defeated Oscar dela Hoya by split decision in 2007. Floyd chose to retire rather than face Oscar in a rematch which ended up with The Golden Boy being matched up with Manny Pacquiao and losing via stoppage in the 8th.
Floyd came out of his 1st retirement to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez via decision.
Recently, the IV injection issue that surfaced has got him reeling no matter how much he tries to make light of it. Pacquiao has been feeding off it and has been clamoring for a rematch.
Perhaps, if Pacquiao beats the winner of Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto and the proposed rematch gains enough traction.
Till then, he will keep us guessing, which will of course feed his tremendous ego.
SUCCESSORS. Floyd has named Pacquiao and given him credit as his possible successor to the pound for pound throne, along with Alvarez.
Rightfully so, but the Pacman may possibly follow Floyd into pasture depending on how his body holds up in his next few fights.
Alvarez? Let’s see how well he handles the resurging Cotto, but I still haven’t forgiven him for his disappearing act against Floyd in 2014.
LAST ROUNDS are on Tito Vicente “Tingting” de la Serna and his twin lawyer- daughters, Carrie Unchuan and Marie Teves who recently celebrated their birthdays. Cheers!