Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto
Andre Berto has been taking jabs at former opponent, boxer Floyd Mayweather, blaming him for the less than usual pay-per-view numbers of their fight last week. Mayweather vs. Berto drew between 400,000 to 500,000 pay-per-view viewers, which is a record low for Mayweather, who made it his last fight (which should have created even greater public interest).
Mayweather usually averages at least three times that amount in pay-per-view numbers. Mayweather's May 2, 2015 fight against rival Manny Pacquiao set a pay-per-view record of 5,000,000 viewers. So what happened? As the Judiciary Report stated over a month ago, when the Mayweather v. Berto fight was announced, most people did not know the latter and shied away from buying tickets and ordering the accompanying pay-per-view showing. It was anticlimactic.
Berto blames the record low pay-per-view numbers on Mayweather's evasive boxing style, but it never hurt sales in the past. Berto stated, "It’s definitely Floyd's fault, He left a sour taste in everybody’s mouth because of the Pacquiao bomb shell. I knew if he had the chance he would run around and make it boring, but I tried my best to not let that happen and disappoint the people. They deserve excitement."