Mayweather promises entertainment in Berto bout

Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:56pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. weighed in one pound heavier than Andre Berto on Friday, and promised to give the fans "a great fight" in their welterweight title showdown on Saturday.

Though the scheduled 12-round bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena has failed to capture the public's imagination with heavy underdog Berto having lost three of his last six contests, Mayweather said entertainment would be a priority on the night.

"I'm in top condition, we had a great training camp," Mayweather told a cheering crowd of around 6,000 during an on-stage interview after he and Berto had both been on the scales.

"The main thing tomorrow is going out there, being at my best. Since (Manny) Pacquiao didn't give the fans a good fight, tomorrow is going to be a great fight."

Mayweather will be back in the ring for the first time since he beat Filipino southpaw Pacquiao on a unanimous decision in a much hyped "Fight of the Century" on May 2 that failed to live up to its billing.

Against twice former welterweight world champion Berto, Mayweather is widely expected to win what he claims will be the final bout of his career as he bids to match the 49-0 record of former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano.

"He (Berto) is another tough guy, he has a high knockout ratio, he's a rugged competitor but I've faced everybody in the sport of boxing," Mayweather said after tipping the scales at 146 pounds to deafening roars from the fans.

"I've faced Pacquiao, I have faced (Miguel) Cotto, I've faced Canelo (Alvarez). I've already faced the best fighters."   Continued...

Sep 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather (left) and Andre Berto face off during weigh-ins for their upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports