Las Vegas: Floyd Mayweather steps into the ring on Saturday for what he says will be the last time, but the final defense of his welterweight world titles has been overshadowed by accusations he violated anti-doping rules.
Floyd Mayweather. PIC/AFP
The unbeaten pound-for-pound king was forced onto the backfoot on Thursday after it emerged that he had received an injection of vitamins and minerals on the eve of his superfight with Manny Pacquiao in May, breaking World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations.
'A clean athlete'
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) leapt to Mayweather’s defense and the man himself said he was “very proud to be a clean athlete.”
It is hardly the buildup the American would have wanted for his showdown in Las Vegas against the unheralded Andre Berto, with Mayweather going for the magic 49-0 — equaling the record of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.
Mayweather, 38, the self-styled “TBE” (The Best Ever) is the heavy favorite for the bout at the MGM Grand — Berto has lost three of his last six fights. Mayweather says that he wants to write his name in the history books before he hangs up his gloves — not that many believe he will really retire and there have been growing rumors of a rematch against Pacquiao.