Las Vegas - Floyd Mayweather made a fierce defence on Wednesday of his
stellar career and his decision to pick the hugely unfancied Andre Berto, ahead
of their welterweight world title fight Saturday in Las Vegas.
The American goes into the bout a perfect 48-0 and will equal the record of
legendary heavyweight Rocky Marciano if - as expected - he sends Berto, who has
lost three of his last six fights, packing.
Mayweather, 38, insists this is the last fight of his career - few believe
him - and he has faced criticism from fight fans who say he ducked some of the
best in the weight division in cherry-picking Berto.
Britain's Amir Khan was among a host of fighters who wanted a go at
pound-for-pound king Mayweather and the bout has failed to grab the interest of
the public - tickets were still widely available at the MGM Grand three days
before the showdown.
"Berto is not a pushover. No matter who I choose, the media will have
something to say," Mayweather, the world's highest-paid sportsman, told a
"Khan has three losses, Berto has three. No matter what the media say,
when it comes down to it, it is two competitors and I know what I can do.
"I can fight. When you talk about highest gates, I am that guy. Highest
(television) pay-per-view, I am that guy."
He rejected talk from Virgil Hunter, Berto's respected trainer, that there
was a personal beef between the two fighters, who engaged in a seemingly
intense faceoff after the press conference.
"I keep my eyes on the prize and never focus on the outside. I focus on
the guy in front of me," added Mayweather.
"I always had a dream and my dream was to be the best. No matter what
happens on Saturday, when it comes to boxing, I am the best there is."