After a stellar 19 year run, Floyd Mayweather has officially decided to retire from professional boxing. On Saturday night, Mayweather, 38 and still undefeated, retired on his own terms as “The Best Ever” after defeating fellow American Andre Berto by unanimous decision.
Now with a career record of 49 wins, Mayweather finally matched the record set by former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, who is highly regarded as the best defensive practitioner of all time.
I’m looking forward to finding the next Floyd Mayweather and seeing someone break all these records I set. Records are meant to be broken. I am leaving the sport with all my faculties, I’m still sharp and smart. I’ve accomplished everything in this sport, there’s nothing else to accomplish.
Mayweather has earned more than $700 million in his career. In his last fight, he was never in trouble against Berto, landing 232 of 410 punches thrown, while Berto connected with just 83 of 495. Mayweather also dominated the jabs count, connecting with 83 of 191 compared to his opponent’s paltry 39 of 301.
Andre Berto has heart, a tremendous chin, he wouldn’t lay down. It was a good fight. I knew he would be a tough competitor. Experience played a major role tonight. He is a very athletic boxer. What can I say? I was the better man tonight.
During the post-fight press conference, Mayweather was asked if he would be tempted to return for a 50th fight.
My career is over. It’s official, he replied. I’m financially secure and I’m in good health.