American boxer Andre Berto has been handed the golden ticket to become Floyd Mayweather‘s opponent in a September bout, according to reports.
There were speculations that the world champion may hang his boots with a 48-0 record after winning the fight against Manny Pacquiao last May, but that’s not the case. Mayweather is now expected to hit the rings again on September 12 against Andre Berto.
Berto has lost three of his last six bouts but holds a decent 30-3 record in Welterweight, and he was preferred ahead of Britain’s Amir Khan to be given the opportunity to become Mayweather’s opponent.
Respected boxing scribe Michael Woods broke the news in his own website. According to Woods, the fight could be shown in CBS, a commercial broadcast network, not in pay-per-view like the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout a few months earlier. It means Mayweather would rake up significantly less money than when he did in his past few bouts.
“He will get paid around what he has been guaranteed for every fight within his six fight deal with Showtime, which ends after this bout, something like $30-35 million,” Woods wrote. “Because the fight won’t be on pay-per-view, and Floyd won’t get a big taste of those extra monies, his pie will be sweetened via sponsorships and the like. The scrap will be marketed as a ‘give back’, an ice cream cone for fans bummed by getting wallet burned watching (the Pacquiao fight).”
Woods has confirmed the information with Berto, Swanson Communications, handling Mayweather’s PR, and Showtime, which has broadcast his past five fights.