Mayweather says Berto and Mayfield potential opponents for September
By Dan Ambrose: At today’s media day, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said that that Karim Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) and #1 WBA Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) are two of the names that he’s looking at for his next fight in September.
“We’re looking at two different guys,” Mayweather said to the media. “We’re looking at Andre Berto, Karim Mayfield. We just don’t know. Those are a couple of names. He’s a solid competitor. We just have to wait and see.”
Adrien Broner said “I know who it is [that will be facing Mayweather in September], but I can’t say.”
Mayweather also said that Amir Khan is a “solid competitor.” Mayweather isn’t saying whether he would entertain the idea of fighting the British fighter. Khan is the guy that many boxing fans believe will be the one facing Mayweather in the ring, but anything is possible. With the huge money that Mayweather made in his May 2nd fight against Manny Pacquiao, he really doesn’t need to pick an opponent with a big name for his September 12th fight.
Mayweather could fight anybody and still make good money, especially if Mayweather decides to fight Pacquiao again next year in a rematch. Mayweather would make a ton of money in a second fight against Pacquiao, and it won’t matter if he chooses to take a lesser payday in September.
Broner has been saying that Mayweather already told him who he’ll be fighting next, but he’s not going to tell the media who the guy is. Judging by the way Mayweather was talking about Mayfield and Berto, I think he’s not going to be facing either of those guys. Mayweather appeared to be just having fun with the media rather than him being serious with them. He knows better than to pick out a guy like Berto or Mayfield because it would result in low PPV numbers for Mayweather if he were to do that.
Berto has lost three out of his last six fights. However, his recent wins over Josesito Lopez and Steve Upsher Chambers has resulted in the World Boxing Association giving him a No.1 ranking with their organization. Berto looked really shaky in his fight against Lopez until knocking him out in the 6th.
I don’t think it’s a case of Berto having improved, but rather him facing a 2nd tier welterweight and not a top guy. It’s interesting that the WBA gave Berto a No.1 ranking with their organization after a win over such a flimsy opponent.
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