Undefeated Floyd Mayweather has announced he will fight Andre Berto on 12 September.
The American (48-0-0, 26KOs) will seek to equal Rocky Marciano’s record of 49 winning streak in the bout against Berto- a former champion who has now descended the world’s top 20 order.
“Promise you this I’m gonna be as ready as I’ve ever been. Don’t act surprised on 9/12,” tweeted Berto.
Mayweather’s return to the ring had been envisaged to be against Britain’s Amir Khan, following the latter’s win over Chris Algieri in June.
But has instead opted for 31-year-old Berto (33-3-0, 23KOs), who has lost three of his last six fights, including defeats by Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero – both fighters whom Mayweather had defeated in his previous fights – as well as Jesus Soto.
“I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception,” said Mayweather.
“He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best – 48 have tried before and on 12 September, I’m going to make it 49.
Mayweather’s win against Berto, whose last fight was a sixth-round knockout of Josesito Lopez in March, will take his unbeaten run to 49 – same as legendary Americian heavyweight Marciano who retired from boxing without any professional defeat.
The fight will be Mayweather’s last in a six-fight deal he agreed with American broadcaster Showtime in February 2013.