A first rock-solid knockout since 1999 is on the horizon for Floyd Mayweather tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, at least that is according to the fighter himself.
Although Mayweather has stopped the likes of Ricky Hatton, Diego Corrales and more recently Victor Ortiz, the pound for pound king hasn’t registered a bonafide ten-count since blasting out Justin Juuko at the Mandalay Bay over 16 years ago.
At 38, and seemingly with his big-punching days behind him, Mayweather seems to believe Andre Berto will become his next KO victim as the American talks up the Showtime pay-per-view offering to boost sales pre-fight.
“It’s never personal for me, it’s always business. Everyone fights for what they fight for. My thing is this; I keep my eyes on the prize. I don’t focus on things outside the ring. I focus on the guy in front of me,” said Mayweather.
“We’re going for the knockout. I’m pretty sure he’s going for the knockout. It’s going to be something special.”
Floyd Sr was a little more cautious in predicting a full on knockout as he added: “I see a real fight on Saturday. Don’t get me wrong because I don’t know what’s going on but I really think Floyd is coming to fight.
“I know Berto’s coming to fight. One thing I’ve seen from Berto is that he has no defense – and he’s messing with a defensive whiz.
“I definitely think Floyd will trap him somewhere along the way. Floyd respects Berto and is not overlooking him, but he might just stop him, it’s very possible.”