Opinion | Aug 06 2015

If Ronda Rousey can fight a 15-1 underdog, why can’t Floyd Mayweather?

George Gigney addresses the criticism Mayweather has received
Floyd Mayweather
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Floyd Mayweather’s announcement that he will fight Andre Berto on September 12 in his mooted final fight has received vehement backlash from the general public.

Berto has been introduced as a heavy underdog, and can be backed at odds of around 15-1 while Mayweather can be found at 1/100 with some outlets.

3-3 in his last six fights and having been fairly inactive, Berto has done little to merit a hugely lucrative fight with the best boxer on the planet, and the sport’s biggest draw.