Floyd Mayweather cemented his place among the boxing greats in what he had said repeatedly was his last fight.
Mayweather, 38, outboxed the 32-year-old Andre Berto over twelve rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday night to improve his career record to 49-0, matching the benchmark set by former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano.
Back in the ring for the first time since May when he beat Manny Pacquiao in the “mega-fight” that became the richest bout in boxing, Mayweather landed 232 of 410 punches while Berto connected with just 83 of 495.
Having won titles in five divisions, he is retiring as the WBC and WBA welterweight champion.
“Andre Berto has heart, a tremendous chin, he wouldn’t lay down,” Mayweather said afterv the bout. “It was a good fight.
Asked if he might be tempted to come back for a 50th fight, Mayweather replied: “My career is over. It’s official.
“You’ve got no one to hang it up, so I think it’s about time for me to hang it up. I’m close to 40 years old. I’ve been in this sport 19 years, been world champion for 18 years, I’ve broken all records. There’s nothing left to prove in the sport of boxing.”
Mayweather dominated most of the exchanges with his lightning jabs and agile movement to finish ahead on all three scorecards.
Berto, a 30-1 underdog against one of the best defensive fighters of all time, dropped to 30-4 as he suffered the fourth defeat in his past seven fights.
The bout, which had failed to capture the public’s imagination, largely because of Berto’s relatively low profile and his mixed run of results over the past four years, was low on entertainment value.
Barely five hours before the start, the MGM Grand box office said “a bunch of tickets” were still available in the price range between $300 and $1,500, but many of those were snapped up by fight time