Floyd Mayweather’s last fight was one of the most highly anticipated in the history of boxing, but his upcoming bout hasn’t gained nearly the same amount of attention. Four months after defeating Manny Pacquiao in a fight that was over five years in the making, Mayweather will face Andre Berto on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Berto is considered to be the weakest opponent Mayweather has taken on in quite some time, having lost three of his last six fights. But Mayweather has chosen to end his career against the 32-year-old welterweight, instead of facing one of the biggest names in the division.
Mayweather has said he’ll call it quits after Saturday, which concludes his six-fight deal with Showtime. Mayweather signed his contract with Showtime in 2013, and he’ll get $32 million guaranteed for his final bout, a far cry from the roughly $220 million he made against Pacquiao. Berto is reportedly set to make a career-best $4 million.
There’s been some controversy surrounding Mayweather, following a recent report that revealed he took an illegal IV the night before he fought Pacquaio. But Mayweather was granted an exemption after the fight, and he has denied any wrongdoing.
Even though Mayweather has insisted that this will be the last fight of his Hall of Fame career, tickets have not been in high demand. Just one day before the fight, there were seats still available on ticketmaster.com in most sections of the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets could be had for as low as $166 on Stub Hub, and the MGM Grand has been promoting deals for tickets and nights at the hotel, in their attempt to sell out the event.
Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao was the most expensive PPV ever, costing $100 to purchase in HD. But the excitement level for Mayweather-Berto isn’t anywhere near what it was for the May 2 mega-bout, making Saturday’s fight significantly cheaper. Showtime PPV will offer the broadcast for $64.95 in standard definition and $74.95 in HD.
Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime PPV, but Mayweather and Berto won’t enter the ring until much later in the night. Three fights on the undercard are scheduled to air on the PPV, highlighted by the junior welterweight title fight between Roman “Rocky” Martinez and Orlando Salido. The two boxers faced each other for the first time in April when Salido won a highly contested unanimous decision. Badou Jack vs. George Groves and Johnny Gonzalez vs. Jonathan Oquendo is also on the undercard.