Mayweather vs Berto: Why Floyd is vulnerable

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Fresh off winning the biggest fight of his career and one of the most significant in the entire history of the sport, it's being rumored Floyd Mayweather, who just earned a record-setting purse in May, will face lightly-regarded Andre Berto next in what may be the final bout of his illustrious career.

And experts and fans alike are already labeling Mayweather vs Berto a mismatch and chiding Floyd for choosing a presumably easy opponent.

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But the 38 year old Mayweather has just won the biggest fight of his career and no opponent can come close to equaling Manny Pacquiao's stature nor the revenue 'Money May' generated in that bout. 

Given Mayweather vs Berto could serve as Floyd's farewell party' and a career 'victory lap' of sorts, he is certainly justified in facing a seemingly non-threatening opponent.

No one should be surprised Berto was selected.

Did fans really think he'd risk it all against thoroughbreds like Keith Thurman, Amir Khan or Gennady Golovkin?

... But back to the match-up itself.

There's no doubt Berto is no match for a focused, motivated Floyd Mayweather. But for the last year or so, Floyd has showed all of the signs of fighter who simply has no passion for the sport anymore. Nowadays, Floyd Mayweather is a 'businessman' who seemingly finds absolutely no bliss in boxing.

As a matter of fact, during the pre-fight interview with Jim Gray moments befor he stepped in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather came across like a man who detests the sport.

The politics, the promoters, the networks, the managers and, last but not least, the grueling training.... Approaching 40 and having spent more than half of his life as a professional fighter, Floyd is understandably tired of it all.

Laconic in comparison to years past, Floyd, even during the Mayweather vs Pacquiao pressers and weigh-in, looked like a man who didn't want to be there. It just wasn't fun anymore, was it?

... And Mayweather's lack of enthusiasm showed.

If Manny Pacquiao, Fighter of the Generation distinction, unspeakable monetary rewards and mind-blowing international, mainstream coverage can't get Floyd excited, how is he going to motivate himself for his next fight against a fella like Berto who is hungry and will likely be in the best shape of his career?

It was abundantly clear he fought Pacquiao for one thing - the ridiculous purse. So how will he get motivated for Berto for relative chump change?

Boxing isn't like football or basketball where a disinterested athlete can 'hang on' and enjoy some semblance of success.

At this level, any world class fighter is capable of losing badly and getting hurt against a top 10 contender if he is not motivated and mentally-prepared to a degree.

Historically, disinterested fighters don't perform well.

Is Floyd ripe for the taking September 12?

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