Floyd Mayweather Jr. will see a familiar face when he steps into the ring against Andre Berto on Sept. 12, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission named Kenny Bayless the referee for the anticipated bout Thursday.
David Mayo of MLive reported the announcement. Bayless has been the referee for three of Mayweather's last four fights, including his unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao in May. He will be joined by judges Adalaide Byrd, Steve Weisfeld, Dave Moretti. Moretti has been a judge for Mayweather's last five fights, scoring in his favor in each bout.
Mayo reported Bayless will earn $10,000, while each of the judges will take home an $8,000 paycheck. Those numbers are less than half of the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, where Bayless earned a record $25,000 and the judges were paid $20,000.
As noted by Swanson Communication, there is a bit of a full-circle appeal to Bayless being in the ring:
By all accounts, Mayweather will retire following the Berto fight. His six-fight contract with Showtime will be over, and the pound-for-pound king has maintained he'll be walking away.
“We don't worry about the [pay-per-view] numbers, that's you guys' jobs,” Mayweather Promotions President Leonard Ellerbe said, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. “I applaud Floyd to be the first to walk away from the sport undefeated, with all his faculties and nine figures in the bank at 38 years old. To accomplish that feat is truly remarkable.”
At age 38, Mayweather would walk away as one of the most accomplished boxers in history. With a win he would move to 49-0, matching Rocky Marciano's benchmark for excellence in the sport while retiring a champion.
Still, there are some who wonder if a bout against the relatively anonymous Berto is the right way for someone of Mayweather's caliber to go out. Given the disparity in salaries for those involved with the fight, it's clear the NSAC views this as a marked step down from May's Pacquiao bout as well.
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