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Mayweather reaches 49-0

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Fight No. 49 is in the books.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. pitched yet another near shut out from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in what was an impressive showing over Florida native and former welterweight titlist Andre Berto.

The scores were 117-11, 118-110 and a third judge had Mayweather, (49-0) dominant in the 12 round contest at 120-108 in the bout which was contested in front of 13,395 fans.

There were moments in the bout in which the two fighters willingly traded in the center of the Tecate themed ring, and even moments when Mayweather showboated a bit and jawed at Berto verbally, which was a bit uncharacteristic of the WBC and WBA welterweight champion.

Mayweather continually got the better of Berto and connected at a 57% rate to Berto’s dismal 17% (Mayweather threw 410 total punches with 232 connects to Berto’s 495 output with only 83 landed).

Berto, (30-4) has now lost four of his last seven bouts and although there were moments when the younger fighter was able to corner Mayweather or get him along the ropes, the Las Vegas native and undefeated fighter did what he does best; hit and not get hit.

There was much speculation in the lead up to the bout, and immediately afterward, whether fight No. 49 was truly Mayweather’s last in the ring.

Mayweather remained steady in his plan to retire from the sport which he has dominated since the late 1990’s.

At the post-fight press-conference, Mayweather stayed steadfast with his plan.

“I’ve been in this sport for 19 years, been a world champion 18 years, broke all the records. There’s nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing.”

With the win, Mayweather matched Rocky Marciano’s record of attaining 49 wins without a loss and completed his six-fight contract with the Showtime network.

There is an almost complete 20,000 seat stadium set to open in 2016 right down the way from the MGM Grand and the AEG owners would relish the opportunity in having a Mayweather fight be first premier event, yet another possible nine-figure payday and 50th win is apparently not on Mayweather’s agenda, if taken at his word.

“No temptation at all [to go for 50-0]. … I look forward to watching some football, probably betting and winning big money on one of the teams.”

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