Rivals doubt Floyd Mayweather's retirement after final bout
Las Vegas: Floyd Mayweather may insist Saturday is his last fight in a stellar career, but his welterweight rivals are hoping they will still get the chance to dethrone the pound-for-pound king.
Floyd Mayweather (left) and Andre Berto face off during their official weigh-in at Las Vegas on Friday. Pic/AFP
And they warned that the Las Vegas showdown against massive underdog Andre Berto just might not be the cakewalk that many fans and pundits have predicted. Mayweather, 38, faces Berto — who has three losses in his last six fights — at the MGM Grand Garden Arena striving to equal the perfect 49-0 record of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.
The unbeaten American insists it will be his swan song, the crowning moment of a glittering 19-year career as the best boxer of his generation. But critics accuse him of bigging up the retirement talk to flog a fight that barely 24 hours away had failed to sell out.
The exciting and unbeaten Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) said: "This might be the last performance. How eager is Floyd to make a statement and show the world that he is an entertaining fighter? "I'm here for the mystery factor: Is this his last fight or not?"