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Mayweather explains choice of Berto

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

On Thursday afternoon, Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto were on hand in downtown Los Angeles to formally announce their September 12 clash which takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) who will be looking for his 49th win in what he says is his final professional fight, defended his choice of Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) as the opponent, in response to the criticism the announcement has received.

“I know what it takes when it’s a fight of this magnitude, because I’ve been fighting on pay-per-view for over 10 years. Berto is a very tough guy, he’s hungry and he’s not going to lie down,” said Mayweather.

“The difference between Andre Berto and Pacquiao is you guys [to the media] put hype behind Pacquiao. My job was to go out there and be Floyd Mayweather and be a chess player and that’s what I did. I found a way to win.”

Mayweather also reiterated that this would be his final fight.

“Number 49, this is it. I’ve had a tremendous career. I’m older, wiser and my health is more important than anything. September 12 is my last fight. All 48 fights played a key, but number 48 was the most important.”

As for Berto, he was ecstatic about getting the opportunity and promised to make an exciting fight.

“It’s a long time coming. Now we’re here. Anybody that knows me has seen great things but at the same time they’ve seen me go through some real trials. What comes with that is a lot of hard work and perseverance,” said Berto.

“Have you ever seen a boring Andre Berto fight? At the end of the day we work our butt off, I’ve been working for a long time. Right now, the harvest is coming. We sowed the seeds and the time is now.

“I bring that rare combination of speed, power and explosiveness to the table. The last person he bought with that combination was Zab Judah. I’m younger, I’m hungry; I’m strong and fast. I’m focused on what I’m coming to get,” added Berto.

Tickets for the fight go on sale today, with prices at$1,500, $1,000, $750, $500, $300, and $150.

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