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Mayweather ready for final showdown this weekend

Mayweather Jr. plans to go out unbeaten this weekend, with title defence against Andre Berto.

Boxers Floyd Mayweathe and Andre Berto face off during a press conference to officially announce their September 12 fight that will place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, at the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California on 6 August 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to go out unbeaten and on his own terms, as 'The Best Ever', when he ends his boxing career in Las Vegas this weekend with his welterweight title defence against fellow American Andre Berto.

Should the flamboyant boxer win, as is widely expected, he would match the 49-0 record of former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano but says he would not be tempted to come out of retirement for a 50th fight.

Many analysts have doubted Mayweather's claim that he will end his career after Sunday's fight, pointing to the American's U-turn when he came back from a 21-month retirement to fight Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in September 2009.

Mayweather, whose 48-0 record includes 26 knockouts, is renowned for his brilliant defence in the ring, though he has often been criticised for selecting easy opponents while building his impressive resume.

Berto, who claimed he wants to unseat Mayweather, will step into the ring as a heavy underdog after losing three of his last six fights, but Mayweather is wary of underestimating his opponent.

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