Floyd Mayweather will fight Andre Berto on Saturday night, the supposed last fight of Mayweather's illustrious career. If you want, you can pay $50 to $75 to watch it.
Perhaps you were one of millions of chumps who paid $100 to watch Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, a fight both boxers knew would be the biggest pay-per-view fight of all time. Mayweather knew he'd win a dominant, boring fight. Pacquiao knew he was injured. And hundreds of millions of chumps still paid them a record amount of money to watch that bad fight.
These hundreds of millions of chumps have apparently gotten much smarter since May. Even at much cheaper prices than Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, there are still plenty of tickets available -- people are even reportedly passing up free tickets. The pay-per-view is doing significantly worse numbers thus far. Mayweather will still make oodles upon oodles of money on the fight -- reportedly $32 million -- it's a far cry from the $250 million he made for fighting Pacquiao.
It's easy to see why.
Floyd Mayweather fights are boring
Paying to see a Mayweather fight is like buying a book you already own.
No question, Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of all time, but he is not an exciting boxer. He's so great at what he does that his fights are incredibly predictable.
Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as an all-time great fight. Instead, it was a snoozer, a signature Mayweather win.
I have not seen the Mayweather vs. Berto fight yet, because it has not happened, but I will summarize it for you: Floyd Mayweather will probably control the entire fight, fighting defensively most of the time and preventing Berto from landing any big blows, but consistently scoring with a slew of big hits. He probably won't go for a knockout at any point, lest he risk having Berto land a big punch. And he'll probably win the vast majority of the rounds all three of the judges' scorecards.
I'm guessing this will happen because it happens in every Mayweather fight. It happens in Mayweather fights against great opponents, it happens in Mayweather fights against not-so-great opponents. He hasn't had a knockout since 2011, and going back to 2006, he's only had two knockouts or TKO's. And yet he's rarely, if ever, looked vulnerable. He just wins, comfortably and calmly.
Anything at all interesting happening in Mayweather vs. Berto would be a shock. And that's even less likely than normal, because ...
Berto isn't going to beat Mayweather
Berto is a 30-1 underdog to beat Mayweather. His odds probably could be higher.
When Floyd Mayweather picked Andre Berto, he picked somebody who likely wouldn't challenge him. Mayweather's past fights have at least been worth paying attention to because they've often been against great opponents -- I mean, he just fought Manny Pacquiao -- but Berto has lost multiple times to people who have lost to Mayweather.
Berto started out his career strong, 27-0. But then came a suspension for PEDs and a shoulder injury, and since then, he's lost three of six fights: He lost to Victor Ortiz, who lost to Mayweather. He lost to Robert Guerrero, who lost to Mayweather. He lost to Jesus Soto Karass, who lost to Marcos Maidana, who lost to Mayweather.
Berto has won his last two fights since recovering from shoulder surgery and therefore earned the WBA interim welterweight title, but he's never shown himself to be of Mayweather's caliber. This is a fight between Mayweather and a boxer two levels beneath him, and it shouldn't be much of a matchup.
And Mayweather didn't want it to be much of a matchup, because ...
Mayweather doesn't really care about this fight
Mayweather has already fought all his legacy fights, and beaten everybody who could be seen as a legitimate contender to his title of best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation. This fight isn't about legacy. It's about one of two things:
1. Mayweather wants to retire, but still had one fight left on his Showtime contract, and had to fight somebody to avoid a huge lawsuit.
This is the line Mayweather and his people are sticking to. He's already said he has "nothing left to accomplish in his career." This is supposed to be enticing.
2. Mayweather hopes someday to beat Rocky Marciano's record of 49-0, and this is his 49th fight.
This banks on the idea that Mayweather doesn't actually plan on retiring. He wants to get this fight over and then fight a bigger, more important fight to beat somebody to have the longest undefeated career of all time.
One thing unites these two viewpoints: that in both of them, this fight doesn't matter. This fight is either a contractually obligated payday, or a bridge to a bigger fight. Some have said Mayweather's insistence he's done after this is a ploy to drum up interest, but it apparently isn't working.
And oh yeah, one last thing ...
Mayweather is an awful, incredibly wealthy person, and buying this fight gives him money
You have a choice. You can skip the Mayweather-Berto fight, or you can spend your own money to watch a bad fight.
Regardless of your decision, Floyd Mayweather will walk away with at least $30 million, almost a million dollars per minute in the ring. If you choose to pay, he will make even more money.
Now remember that this is a heinous human. This is very well documented. He has been cited or arrested for domestic violence seven times, and been convicted or pleaded guilty to attacks against four women. He is incredibly good at punching people, and chooses to punch the people he's supposed to love. He then uses his fame and wealth to taunt them and avoid the scrutiny and punishment he deserves. This is the man who will receive money if you choose to pay for this fight.
You can skip the Mayweather-Berto fight, or you can pay your hard-earned money to watch an insanely wealthy and extremely bad person fighting a bad fight he doesn't want to fight.
It makes sense a lot of people are choosing the former.
Bad Left Hook presents: Analyzing Mayweather's career as it winds down