This Saturday, live on Showtime PPV at 8PM eastern time, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s), takes on Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s).  The fight will be for Mayweathers WBAsuper, WBC, and TheRing World Welterweight titles, and is scheduled for 12 rounds.  The co-feature will a WBC Super Middleweight Championsip fight where George Groves (21-2, 15 KO’s) takes on champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KO’s).  Also on the card, Orlando Salido (42-13-2, 29 KO’s) takes on Roman Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KO’s) for the WBO Super Featherweight title, and Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1, 21 KO’s) takes on Ishe Smith (27-7, 12 KO’s) in a Super Middleweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER

-Record:  48 – 0 – 0, 26 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 pounds).  Also rated at:

  • Junior Lightweight
  • Lightweight
  • Junior Welterweight
  • Junior Middleweight.

-Height:  5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

-Reach:  72″

-Born:  2/24/77 (age 38)

-Notable Fights:

  • Jose Luis Castillo  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/20/02.  (Won WBC & TheRing Lightweight Titles)
  • Zab Judah  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/8/06.  (Won IBF & IBO Welterweight Titles)
  • Oscar De La Hoya  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 5/5/07.  (Won WBC Junior Middleweight Title)
  • Saul Alvarez  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.  (Won WBC & TheRing Junior Middleweight Titles)
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/2/15.  (Won WBO Welterweight Title)

Mayweather has given us what we wanted with Cotto, Guererro, Alvarez, and Maidana.  Now its time for him to choose his opponent.  He chose Andre Berto, even though the more popular choice would have been Kell Brook or Gennady Golovkin.  Mayweather is looking to tie Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 with a victory here.  He says he’s done after this, but 50-0 is very appealing, so it remains to be seen what happens.

ANDRE BERTO

-Record:  30 – 3 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 6″ (1.80 m)

-Reach:  70.5″

-Born:  9/7/83 (age 32)

-Notable Fights:

  • Miguel Angel Rodriguez  —  Win, TKO 7th round (12), 6/21/08.  (Won vacant WBC Welterweight Title)
  • Jan Zaveck  —  Win, TKO 5th round (12), 9/3/11.  (Won IBF Welterweight Title)
  • Robert Guererro  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/24/12.

Andre Berto is the current interim WBA Welterweight champion, which makes him a justifiable opponent for Floyd mayweather. He gets the biggest opportunity and biggest payday of his life.  Berto is coming off of a knockout victory over Josesito Lopez.

Predictions:

Vanes Martirosyan  —  def  —  Ishe Smith  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Roman Martinez  —  def  —  Orlando Salido  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

George Groves  —  def  —  Badou Jack  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Floyd Mayweather  —  def  —  Andre Berto  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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