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Floyd Mayweather Jr Boxing News, Rumors: Andre Berto Offers Better Fight than Manny Pacquiao; Mayweather Confirms Retirement Plans

( [email protected] ) Aug 18, 2015 01:11 PM EDT
The alleged "Fight of the Century" between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on May 2 had fans and followers of the sport lambasting the event for the disappointing outcome it provided. Apart from the conflicting comments on the stance Mayweather opted to adapt at that point in time - that is, choosing to stick to the technical side of boxing as opposed to engaging in an all-out bloody war against the Filipino boxing icon, there was also the issue of Pacquiao's undisclosed shoulder injury which caused quite an upheaval among the spectators.
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The alleged "Fight of the Century" between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on May 2 had fans and followers of the sport lambasting the event for the disappointing outcome it provided. Apart from the conflicting comments on the stance Mayweather opted to adapt at that point in time - that is, choosing to stick to the technical side of boxing as opposed to engaging in an all-out bloody war against the Filipino boxing icon, there was also the issue of Pacquiao's undisclosed shoulder injury which caused quite an upheaval among the spectators.

With the news of Pacquiao's seemingly successful road to recovery and his coach's assurances that the Asian boxer will be able to get back to the boxing arena by next year, Freddie Roach remains firm in his belief that another shot at Mayweather would land the American boxer in the losing corner for the first time in his entire boxing career. However, this conviction might never see the light of the day as Mayweather appears to be completely adamant on his decision to hang his boxing gloves after his fight against Andre Berto on September 12.

"Manny [Pacquiao] would do much better in a rematch, if the shoulder gets better," assured coach Roach, referring to a potential 2016 bout between the Filipino warrior and Mayweather, according to Boxing News. Pacquiao's coach added, "We were doing well until the shoulder went in the fourth round and we had a tough time after that. I do think we can beat Mayweather 100 percent."

Despite knowing that the September 12 bout against Berto will the last boxing match Mayweather intends to fight in his career, Roach insists that such is not the case. He believes that Mayweather will not stop at opponent No. 49 as the lure of more money and higher level of fame and popularity will definitely take out any retirement plan off Mayweather's head. Pacquiao's coach said, "I don't think he'll stop at 49 fights, I think he'll fight to 50. I'm hoping that he promotes himself, maybe if he does he can make more money."

Meanwhile, the fight between Mayweather and Berto is touted to be exciting, albeit uneven, one. In an interview with Boxing News 24, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe taunted Pacquiao and his team. Praising the capacity of Berto to deliver a better fight against Mayweather this September, Ellerbe believes that the reported underdog in the upcoming boxing match "isn't going to sit back, and we know he isn't going to be complaining about his shoulder." Citing that Berto have once fought with just one arm, the Mayweather Promotions CEO shared that no complaints or whines will be heard from the boxer's camp after the match with Mayweather - regardless of the outcome.

As for the rumors regarding the potential next opponent of Mayweather after the bout against Berto in September, Ellerbe slammed the speculations and firmly said that there would be "no point" for the undefeated warrior to seek other fighters.

Tags : boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao