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Mayweather vs. Berto Undercard: Latest News, Speculation on Potential Fights

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Apr 24, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Anthony Dirrell (right) and Badou Jack (left) fight during the Premier Boxing Championships at UIC Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced on Aug. 4 that he'll be squaring off against Andre Berto on Sept. 12 on Showtime PPV, and the undercard for the main event has been fully set.

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Gonzalez-Oquendo Announced

Thursday, Aug. 20

Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs) will take on Jonathan "Polvo" Oquendo (25-4, 16 KOs) in the undercard for the Mayweather-Berto fight, Mayweather Promotions announced (h/t BoxingScene.com):

"This will be an attractive fight for the fans as we all know that the sporting rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico always generates great battles," said Gonzalez. "Oquendo is a fighter who always goes forward and who likes to exchange blows. I will demonstrate that I have the desire to return to the top and fight for a world championship. Participating on a Floyd Mayweather event is a great opportunity for me and I will make the most of it."

"This opportunity against Jhonny Gonzalez is very important because I will face a former world champion and will be part of a great show headlined by Floyd Mayweather," said Oquendo. "It's an honor for me to be part of the undercard of this event. I'm excited to share the stage with my countryman Rocky Martinez, who also has a big fight against Orlando Salido, so there are two wars between Puerto Rico and Mexico. We are training hard to get in top condition for this fight." 


Martinez-Salido, Jack-Groves Announced

Tuesday, August 4

According to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, Roman Martinez will fight Orlando Salido in one PPV undercard showdown, while Badou Jack and George Groves highlight the other finalized undercard on the PPV slate. 

Rafael added that one more bout will be tacked on to those two, meaning the PPV tally for the evening will check in at four fights.     

Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) owns the WBO junior lightweight title as a result of his defeat of Salido, so that matchup should be packed with plenty of intrigue as the 34-year-old eyes redemption and the return of a championship belt. 

Salido is a four-time world champion with a 42-13-2 record (29 KOs), but his unanimous-decision loss to Martinez on April 11 stripped him of his title. 

Meanwhile, Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) and Groves (37-8-6, 17 KOs) will clash in a meeting of established punchers. 

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By virtue of his April 24 majority-decision win over Anthony Dirrell, Badou is mandated to trade blows with Groves in a bout that will determine the super middleweight champion.

Given the high-stakes nature of both fights, the Mayweather-Berto undercard has the potential to match or exceed the quality of the evening's biggest attraction.  

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