Floyd Mayweather says Berto fight will be his last at media day

Floyd Mayweather Jr. cruised into his gym’s coned-off parking spot Wednesday afternoon, nearly two hours after his scheduled media-day appearance time.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. cruised into his gym's coned-off parking spot Wednesday afternoon, nearly two hours after his scheduled media-day appearance time.

His new $4.8-million Koenigsegg car, paid for with some of the profits from his $220-million payday for defeating Manny Pacquiao in May, is among the comforts afforded the unbeaten welterweight champion, who was clearly content to move at his own speed even though his vehicle can travel at 254 mph.


Some are saying Mayweather's Sept. 12 opponent, Andre Berto, is another one of those comforts.

Mayweather (48-0) is saying he'll retire after the bout, in which he's a 40/1 favorite at Nevada sports books, but many others who know the man's thirst for competition and money – including his father/trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. – have their doubts.

"Things motivate people," Mayweather Sr. said. "Myself, I would say yes … I believe he'll continue to fight after this."

Certainly, some challenger, possibly the Nov. 21 Miguel Cotto-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez winner – or Pacquiao – will come calling for a rematch, and it's well known MGM Grand would like Mayweather to open its new 20,000-seat arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather expressed the conflicting forces at play when he said, "This is my last fight," and in the next breath added, "Nobody knows what the future holds."

He spent interviews discussing the strengths of his opponent Berto, who recovered from career-threatening shoulder surgery to knock out Josesito Lopez in March.

"Every time Berto goes out there he's in an exciting fight … two-time world champion, he's an exciting fighter," Mayweather said.

And he reflected some on his career.

"It doesn't matter who the opponent is, they're never happy," Mayweather said. "They said Pacquiao was a god … I fought Cotto, 'Canelo,' Diego Corrales when he was undefeated … all the best fighters of my era, I've fought and beat.

"Let's talk about who did the highest pay-per-view, who took the less punishment … Floyd Mayweather. Boxing is wear and tear on a body. It's time to hang it up. I'm comfortable and very well off."

The Times will have more coverage from Mayweather's media day later Wednesday night and in Thursday's Los Angeles Times Sports section.