It wasn't necessarily the result everyone wanted, but it was the certainly the bout most people expected. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) cruised to a 12-round unanimous-decision victory Saturday night against a painfully overmatched Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The bout, billed as the last of Mayweather's perfect, 19-year professional career, followed a similar trajectory to many of Money's recent contests. He maintained distance with a sharp jab, used his shoulder roll and agility to render the vast majority of Berto's punches ineffective and was laser-accurate with his own power shots.
Showtime Sports passed along the judges' scores after it was all said and done:
Mayweather reiterated his desire to retire following the match.
"You got to know when to hang it up, and it's time for me to hang it up," Mayweather said, per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael. "I'm not going to be doing this when I'm 40 years old."
He later added: "There's nothing else for me to do in the sport of boxing. I made great investments, I'm financially stable, well off. I had a great career. My record speaks for itself."
For the final match of perhaps the best fighter of his generation, the event was lacking in atmosphere. This was almost certainly the result of Mayweather's villainous persona, the selection of the relatively unknown Berto and the hangover stemming from his hotly anticipated but coolly received scrap with Manny Pacquiao in May.
If there's anything that might beckon Mayweather back to the ring to extend his run of dominance, it's the punch stats from the fight. SHO Stats had the final tally after 36 minutes of action:
The numbers are just as staggering when looking only at power punches. SHO Stats had those numbers through 11 rounds:
Mayweather did well to string together combinations once Berto started to force the action a bit more in the later rounds. His uppercut routinely broke through Berto's defenses. Hooks to the body from Money were not uncommon at any stage of the contest, either. SHO Stats had the bodywork numbers halfway through the fight:
ESPN Stats & Info, via CompuBox, noted that Berto managed to tag Mayweather more than Pacquiao did:
This isn't to say that he was any more effective on Saturday night than Pac-Man was. Berto telegraphed many of his punches, and when he did land them flush, Mayweather was often ready with a stiff counter or shot to the body. Berto was never in charge of the fight.
He was a puppet of Mayweather's dictatorial control and precision.
The 32-year-old, now 3-4 in his last seven fights, had brief flashes of truly competitive exchanges in the sixth, seventh and maybe 10th rounds. Even then, any punch landed had to be seen in the wider context, which was Mayweather making him look like he was chasing a poltergeist.
If the numbers don't convince you that Mayweather is razor-sharp even at 38 years old, these brief highlights will, via ESPN Boxing:
Despite Mayweather's claims to the contrary, many still wonder if this is really it for him. Deadspin contributor and former boxing manager Charles Farrell believes fight No. 50 is already in the works:
Fights against the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Keith Thurman and Amir Khan might rile up fans again but never to the extent that his megafight with Pacquiao did. Plus, Mayweather will likely be 40 years old or pushing it the next time he laces up. As good as he's looked, every passing year opens him up to a greater chance of defeat as his speed declines and his otherworldly focus deteriorates.
After the bout, he suggested that his current record might stand as is, even as he showed awareness that an as-yet unknown pugilist could surpass his greatness one day.
"That means it's part of boxing history. Records are made to be broken. Hopefully, we can find the next Floyd Mayweather who can break the record. Right now, I only want to spend time with my family," he said, per Rafael.
Mayweather, a promoter and manager in his own right, was perhaps hinting that he might like to find and guide that next great boxer. It could keep him busy enough to ensure this is the end of his reign in the ring.
If that is the case, his defensive mastery will be remembered as nigh unrivaled in modern boxing, with a perfect record and wins over some of the biggest names in boxing to show for it.