Undefeated Floyd Mayweather has announced he will fight against Andre Berto in September 12 as the American attempts to match Rocky Marciano’s record of 49 winning streak.
Mayweather (48-0-0, 26KOs) will come up against Berto, a former champion who has 30 wins and three losses but has descended the world’s top 20 order.
“Promise you this I’m gonna be as ready as I’ve ever been. Don’t act surprised on 9/12,” tweeted Berto, 31.
Mayweather’s return to the ring had been envisaged to be against Britain’s Amir Khan, following the latter’s win over Chris Algieri in June.
But the corky Mayweather has now opted for Berto (33-3-0, 23KOs), who has lost three of his last six fights, including defeats by Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerro – both fighters whom Mayweather had defeated in his previous fights – as well as Jesus Soto.
“I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception,” said Mayweather.
“He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best – 48 have tried before and on 12 September, I’m going to make it 49.
The fight will be Mayweather’s last in a six-fight deal he agreed with American broadcaster Showtime in February 2013.
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