Floyd Mayweather fights for the 49th time on September 12, and his team is continuing to insist it will be his last. Given that his opponent is welterweight also-ran Andre Berto, that may be the only selling point they have.
Mayweather and Berto met up for today's official announcement press conference in Los Angeles, both speaking softly and expressing their respect for one another. There was not a single verbal jab thrown, though Berto's trainer Virgil Hunter may have executed a few verbal feints while also criticizing those in the media who feel that this fight is a non-event.
Much of the press conference's meat, in fact, was spent with promoters and fighters alike attempting to deflect criticism. Mayweather said, "Nobody is forced to buy the fight," and blamed the media for building up Manny Pacquiao as a special threat, which turned into a record-breaking fight both in money made and complaints about non-action from fight fans.
The undercard fighters all spoke, as well, and that lineup is set with Ishe Smith vs Vanes Martirosyan, Badou Jack vs George Groves, and a rematch between Rocky Martinez and Orlando Salido. All of the fighters said about what you would expect them to say.
Here are some quotes from Mayweather and Berto, speaking with Showtime's Brian Custer after the press conference ended.
"When you really look at the junior middleweight and the welterweight division, the two divisions, one division I'm undisputed champion, and the other division I hold two titles in. There's one man standing all alone: Floyd Mayweather. So I looked at the division and said, 'Who's always in a tough, exciting fight? Who has quick hands? Who's a boxer-puncher? Who always gives it 100 percent every time they go out?' Andre Berto."
"Amir Khan had to get past Danny Garcia first. If Amir Khan gets past Danny Garcia, then the fight would have happened. But that's not my focus. My focus is Andre Berto, a guy that I can't overlook. Former two-time world champion. He's dedicated to the sport like myself, and he's gonna push me."
"I don't really know too much about (Keith Thurman). I've seen him a couple times. I think a good fight at this point in time for him would be Errol Spence, another top welterweight contender."
"I can go out 48-0. It don't matter. I'm older, wiser, and my health is more important than any of that."
"September 12th is my last fight. I'm happy, though. I've had a great career. All 48 fights played a major key, but number 48 was the most important."
"I wasn't surprised when I got the call. I know that it's a fight that was supposed to happen some time ago, but at the same time, me knowing him, I think it's a fight he still wanted to make happen. Him just coming off of a fight, just getting finished with the biggest fight in history, it's easy for people to downplay the situation. If it was anybody else, I still believe it would be something similar. I can't worry about that and I'm not worried about that. I'm focused, I'm ready to go."
"Man, come on. Have you ever seen a boring Andre Berto fight? We're busting our ass on a regular basis. I've put in my work for a long time."
"Harvest is coming, man. You get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. I've been at this a long time. I've went through a lot of ups and downs. I believe everything prepared me for this moment, mentally, physically, all around."
"I bring that rare combination of speed, power, and explosiveness to the table. The last person he really fought with that type of situation was Zab Judah, and Zab gave him some problems in the beginning of that fight. I'm younger, I'm hungry, I'm strong, fast, I'm ready just to go get it. That's it. That's the only thing that matters. It doesn't matter what anybody else says, as long as you're focused on what you come to get."