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Floyd Mayweather: My career is officially over

Was this Floyd Mayweather’s final dance?

If so, he did it in usual Floyd style, by hitting and not getting hit and doing just enough to win the fight.

Although at times, Berto had his successes, but in reality, Mayweather was never in peril at his familiar surroundings of the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The Money man came out in round one with a rapid jab which caught Berto at will. You would not have thought it was being fired by a 38 year old.

In the first five rounds the best punch Berto threw was a low blow.

But credit to Berto, who produced an admirable effort in round six, coming forward and giving it his all. He continued this in the seventh and landed with a sweet left hook with 20 seconds remaining.

But after that gutsy flurry, it was back to the Floyd Mayweather show, as he went on to comfortably retain his WBA and WBC welterweight titles.

Round 10 saw the referee stop the action momentarily to warn the fighters to stop thrash talking to one another.

In the next round Mayweather displayed his class. He danced away from Berto and at the same time released spiteful punches which found the target. He threw his arms up, getting the crowds attention and mocked Berto when he missed.

Andre Berto was never going to upset the odds. But he showed courage and deserves recognition for his willingness to fight.

Floyd Mayweather is a boxing great. He will never be adored as other top boxers which is fair.

But every generation has a dominant champion. And Mayweather is certainly that.

Will he go on to better Rocky Marciano’s 49 and 0 record? Only time will tell.

But the other question is, does it matter, because is there anyone out there who really has a chance of dethroning the elusive Floyd Mayweather?

Liam McInerney

Colour writer for world section of A Sugar Ray Robinson biography inspired me to be a boxing journalist. Twitter- @_LiamMcInerney