Thursday 8 December 2016

Mayweather rivals reluctant to heap praise on unbeaten fighter

Published 13/09/2015 | 11:24

Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Andre Berto during their welterweight title boxing bout Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Andre Berto during their welterweight title boxing bout Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Floyd Mayweather took his perfect record to 49-0 as he saw off Andre Berto in Las Vegas last night - but some of his former rivals were quick to hail his era of dominance as boring.

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Mayweather claims he will now retire from the ring after matching the legendary record of Rocky Marciano with a comfortable points win in Las Vegas, yet the accusation that he is involved in boring fights was enhanced by another uneventful fight.

Many expect Mayweather to return to the ring for fight No.50, but he insists the time has come to walk away from boxing.

"My career is over, that's official," he said. "You've got to know when to hang it up. I'm close to 40 now.

"There's nothing left to prove in the sport of boxing. Now I just want to spend time with my family"

If that is the end of Mayweather, his long-time rival Manny Pacquiao will be among those who will not be missing his fights as he posted this Instagram message to mark Floyd's final ring appearance:

 

What I do when I'm bored. Hehe

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There were similar taunts from another former opponent in Oscar De La Hoya, who was equally unimpressed by Mayweather's career.

So it's farewell Mayweather for now....until he announces his comeback fight next year.

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