Familiar territory for ultra-confident Mayweather

Wed Sep 9, 2015 7:02pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - For Floyd Mayweather Jr., it was very familiar territory as he explained why he was the best boxer of his generation during the buildup to what he says will be the final bout of his career against Andre Berto on Saturday.

The five-division world champion will put his unbeaten record on the line when he defends his WBC and WBA welterweight titles against fellow American Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in his 49th fight as a professional.

"We're back," Mayweather told reporters, speaking softly and matter-of-factly while occasionally resorting to his brash style during a joint news conference with Berto.

"We've been here so many times. I know talking doesn't win fights. I know trainers don't win fights. It comes down to the two competitors.

"I'm always prepared physically, I'm always prepared mentally. We have a remarkable game plan, we have a remarkable team and I've had a remarkable career. I believe in my skills and I believe in my talent."

Should Mayweather win, as is widely expected, he would match the 49-0 record of former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano and embellish a boxing legacy that he feels owes much to his superior mental strength in the ring.

"I've been in there with the best and the results are always the same," said the 38-year-old from Grand Rapids in Michigan who is nicknamed 'Money' because of his flamboyant showmanship and extravagant lifestyle.

"You've got fighters that may be faster than me, you've got fighters that may hit harder than me, you've got fighters that are very athletic but you don't have no fighter that can make adjustments like me.   Continued...

Undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) faces off with challenger Andre Berto during a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Las VegasSun/Steve Marcus