Floyd Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) will put his WBA and WBC welterweight titles on the line in his last professional fight against Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday night (4am Nigerian time on Sunday) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather is defending his WBC title for the fifth time and his WBA title for the third time.
The 'Money Man' has come under severe criticism for his choice of opponent in his very last boxing fight after his victory over Manny Pacquiao earlier in the year in a much publicised fight that didn't live up to expectations.
Two of his past four fights were won by majority decision. He has not had a win by stoppage in his six fights since his knockout of Victor Ortiz in 2011.
Berto is making his first world title fight since a fifth-round TKO win in 2011 over Jan Zaveck. Berto is 7-1 (four KOs) in championship fights.
Mayweather’s ability to control a fight is as rare as it is impressive.
According to boxing ranking website CompuBox, he throws 39 punches per round, second-fewest in the website's rankings. He lands a higher percentage of punches, however, than any of his opponents.
Berto lands 11 power punches per round and 46 percent of all power punches thrown, according to CompuBox.
If Mayweather defeats Berto and then retires, he will match former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s record of 49 wins and no losses or draws.
Marciano was 31 years old when he retired, in the prime of his career, after defeating Archie Moore in 1955. Mayweather, 38, has not shown signs of rust.
Other than their career records, the fighters don’t share many statistical similarities.
Mayweather vs Berto Stats
Age: 38 32
Record: 48-0 30-3
KO: 26 23
Height: 5'-8 5'-6.5
Reach: 72 68.5
Stance: Orthodox. Orthodox