Legacy- It is the memory of yourself that you leave behind. The reputation you leave long after you’re gone. This one word: Legacy, is what this weekend was all about. Instead of writing a preview for the Floyd Mayweather fight, I will focus all my attention on the legacy of Floyd Mayweather.
The overall concenus on this fight against Berto is that Floyd wins hands down. Win or lose, the haters can’t deny the impact he has on the sports world for the past ten years. This will be fight number 49. That’s 49 times Floyd has stepped into the ring and he has came out a winner every time. The notion that America loves winners is not entirely true. In fact, boxing fans have pilled in record numbers over the past three years just to see the possibility of Floyd losing. He is the number 1 villain in all of sports. Most of that is because of the flair and arrogance Mayweather brings with him. Its also the fact that winning is not his biggest motivation. As seen in the popular series All Access, money is his biggest motivator.
After pulling in the biggest cash prize ever in the history of sports the first thing Floyd bought was a car with a $5,000,000 price tag. This coming from a sport that has never ending tales of men that come from nothing to try everything to make it big within the sport just to feed their families. Floyd is not just the richest fighter in the world but one of the richest athletes. He has made more money in one night then anyone has made in any sport. Even as we sit here and reflect on his accomplishments the question that remains is “Has he earned it?” That fact is the very reason why this fight with Andre Berto is expected to be the lowest output for a pay per view fight Mayweather has ever seen.
The word cherry picker has been brought up throughout his career. Berto is only 3-3 in his last 6 fights. What the people are overlooking is the fact that those 3 loses are the only 3 Berto has in his 36 fight career. Andre Berto has never been in a dull fight and has the type of knockout power that can make a difference in a fight like this. Berto is not the topic of tonights event though. This is going to be the last fight in Floyd’s career so tonight should be a celebration. While most people decide to watch or go to other events when its all said and done on Monday there will be a week long celebration of the most decorated careers in all of sports. The legacy that Floyd leaves to sport of boxing is a history of fame, fortune, and winning. The sport has done nothing but prosper in his hands. He has been the poind for pound champion of the sport for at least the last 10 years. So, tonight we pay homage to perhaps the greatest fighter, or in his words TBE, the best ever.