Showtime PPV results: Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins, retires
Recognized world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. fell to his knees after he dominated Andre Berto for 12 rounds and made his record a perfect 49-0 (26) in what (he claims) was his final fight. “My career is over…It’s official,” Mayweather, 38, announced in the post-fight interview with Showtime Pay-Per-View reporter Jim Gray. Originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., Mayweather retires in front of his hometown Las Vegas crowd of 13,395 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night.
By the second round, Mayweather was already smiling at ringsiders while in a clinch, knowing well in his mind that he had already figured out his opponent. He controlled the fight with a precise jab that often stopped a Berto flurry in its tracks. Once Mayweather established his distance, he never relinquished it and peppered Berto with quick left hooks and lead right hands to keep him confused.
Berto, 30-4 (23), was lost in the maze that lead to Mayweather’s chin. Landing only 16% of the punches he threw (83/495), Andre proved yet again that he cannot figure out the shoulder roll. Berto, 32, loses for the fourth time in seven fights that date back to 2011. His attempts to perhaps land that one lucky shot were spirited but also countered consistently. Mayweather was sharp as usual, ending the night with a 56% total punch rate (232/410).
His final performance was a classic Mayweather fight and a comfortable unanimous decision win (118-110, 117-111, 120-108), reminding everyone how good he really is. Known for producing entertaining fights and selected to produce one, Berto fell victim to a Mayweather trance that creates the contrary. It was an outclassing that was celebrated with 10 seconds remaining in the fight; Floyd danced around the ring raising his arms and goes out the way he’s always wanted: with all eyes on him.
The opposite style of the fight was played out just before the main event. Roman “Rocky” Martinez and Orlando “Siri” Salido fought to a draw after 12 gruesome rounds for Martinez’s WBO junior lightweight title. It was a sequel to their first fight last April in which Martinez decisioned Salido in a “Fight of the Year” candidate. This second chapter lived up to expectations but the result may have taken away from the Mexican challenger’s performance that was certainly enough to win. With both fighters receiving scores of 115-113 in their favor, the 114-114 final scorecard made the result a split draw and Martinez keeps his 130-pound world title.
Salido, 42-13-3 (29), was relentless in his attack that welcomed an action fight early on. He wasn’t afraid to get hit and, in the second round, landed enough big shots to convince referee Vic Drakulich that a phantom knockdown was legit. Martinez bent all the way down with his knees and Drakulich thought his gloves touched the canvas. “Siri” was aggressive and, just moments later in the same round, Martinez landed a clean right hand that resulted in a true knockdown. The two were starting to go back and forth afterward in a typically traditional Mexico vs. Puerto Rico fight.
Martinez, 29-2-3 (17), filled in the gaps left open by Salido’s aggression with sharp uppercuts and right hands that sometimes paused his flurries in the first half of the fight. Salido decided to focus more on the body in the middle rounds and that’s when he started gathering all the momentum. After getting the life sucked out of him for a few rounds, Martinez had to make an adjustment but could only come up with tying his opponent up to force a break. It made for a sloppy last two rounds of a fight that left neither man shining but may have left Martinez with a chance to steal a round when he needed it most. The final CompuBox stats showed Salido landing more total punches than Martinez, 285-189.
Martinez-Salido is destined to be a trilogy and, for the second time, the duo produce a pay-per-view-worthy contest.
Badou Jack successfully defended his WBC super middleweight title for the first time after beating George Groves via split decision. Jack, 20-1-1 (12), received two scores of 116-111 and 115-112 that overruled the sole score of 114-113 in favor of Groves, 21-3 (16). Making the trip from London, England, Groves’ spirited effort was a portrayal of the loyal fans, who also made the the trek, cheering him on. After two right hands in the opening round sent Groves to the canvas, George didn’t let the early blunder take him out of the fight. Jack’s jab was authoritative in this one but Groves would sometimes have pockets of success in the early rounds with timed right hands. Jack was stronger, however, down the stretch and Groves faded in the later rounds but the bout was competitive throughout.
In the opening bout of the Showtime PPV telecast, Jonathan Oquendo earned a majority decision win over Jhonny Gonzalez after 10 rounds that primed the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry nicely. Two ringside judges scored the bout for Oquendo (98-92, 95-93), while the other saw it a 94-94 draw. By the second round, both fighters traded knockdowns and blood was shed after both Gonzalez suffered a cut above the brow after an accidental clash of heads. The two were both looking for the knockout punch early and Gonzalez got the worst, suffering a knockdown that put him in survival mode in the third round. Oquendo, 26-4 (16), eventually sustained a cut above the left eye, leaving the rest of the fight in a bloody mess. Gonzalez, 58-10 (49), couldn’t time his patented left hook well enough for it to catch Oquendo but he fought much better than the 98-92 scorecard indicated.