Floyd Reminds Critics They Don't Have To Buy Berto PPV

By Keith Idec

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s reminded those who’ve slammed his decision to fight Andre Berto that they aren’t obligated to pay to watch it.

“I hear I’ve been getting backlash and he’s been getting backlash,” Mayweather said during a press conference Thursday in Los Angeles to officially announce the Mayweather-Berto pay-per-view bout scheduled for Sept. 12 in Las Vegas. “No one is forced to buy the fight. I appreciate it, but no one is forced to buy the fight.

“But Andre Berto is going to push Floyd Mayweather to the limit. That’s one thing that I do know. So come Sept. 13, I don’t want you guys saying, ‘Damn! I missed the fight.’ The difference between Andre Berto and Manny Pacquiao is you guys put all the hype in Manny Pacquiao. That’s what the media did. The media put all the hype in Manny Pacquiao. My job was to go out there and be Floyd Mayweather, be a chess-player. And that’s what I did. I found a way to win. But this fight is a very, very intriguing matchup – very intriguing.”

The 38-year-old Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) earned more than $200 million for his May 2 victory over Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), a fight that generated more revenue than any event in boxing history yet drew an enormous amount of criticism because it wasn’t exciting. The 31-year-old Berto (30-3, 23 KOs), though a two-time welterweight champion, is 3-3 in his last six fights, including a 12th-round TKO loss to Mexico’s Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3, 18 KOs, 1 NC) two years ago in San Antonio.

The card headlined by Mayweather-Berto will cost $74.95 on Showtime Pay-Per-View, $25 less than the unprecedented price for Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Class Act on 08-08-2015

I can't wait for this fight! Easy win for TBE!:boxing:

Comment by jbpanama on 08-07-2015

Watch this PPV fight BOMB...The FRAUDSTERS Fan base are folks, that want to see the Chump Whipped.......Fight won't do 600K PPV Buys, and FRAUD with his $35 million, rides into the sunset, the "0" secured....Let's hope his next fight will…

Comment by justblaze813 on 08-07-2015

Something has to be up Showtime's sleeve. It doesn't smell right. Any of the other 3 fighters ( Garcia/Thurman, Khan) would have pulled in more money and made a better fight. I think Floyd is setting up to fight all…

Comment by therealpugilist on 08-07-2015

[QUOTE=FrankieBruno;15948069]His fans are some of the worst in the sport[/QUOTE] I think the worst fans are the delusional GGG 5 p4p and hasn't beat one elite opponent...oh he gets it for knocking out cans and c level guys Pacquaio…

Comment by QballLobo on 08-07-2015

Only Jr. fight I have paid for was the Ortiz sucker punch and that was as much to see Canelo fight in Staples Center than the main event. Learned my lesson. I would rather pay PPV prices to see a…

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