Floyd Mayweather Jr. will see a familiar face when he enters into the ring against Andre Berto on Sept. 12, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission named Kenny Bayless the ref for the anticipated fight Thursday.
David Mayo of MLive reported the announcement. Bayless has been the ref for three of Mayweather’s last four battles, including his unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao in May. He will be joined by judges Adelaide Byrd, Steve Weisfeld, Dave Moretti. Moretti had been a judge for Mayweather’s last five fights, scoring to support him in every meeting.
Mayo reported Bayless will receive $10,000, while each of the judges will take home a $8,000 paycheck. Those numbers are not as much as a large portion of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, where Bayless earned a record $25,000 and the judges were paid $20,000.
As noted by Swanson Communication, there is to some degree of full-circle appeal to Bayless being in the ring:
— SwansonComm (@Swanson_Comm) August 27, 2015
Commissioners unanimous. Kenny Bayless to referee Mayweather-Berto, with Adelaide Byrd, Steve Weisfeld, Dave Moretti judging.
— David Mayo (@David_Mayo) August 27, 2015
Meanwhile, Mayweather will retire after the Berto clash. His six-fight contract with Showtime will be over, and the pound-for-pound king has kept up his word he’ll be leaving.
“We don’t stress over the [pay-per-view] numbers, that is you people’s jobs,” Mayweather Promotions President Leonard Ellerbe said, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. “I praise Floyd to be the first to leave the game undefeated, with every one of his resources and nine figures in the bank at 38 years of age. To fulfill that accomplishment is really wonderful.”
At age 38, Mayweather would leave as one of the most accomplished boxers ever. With a win he would move to 49-0, matching Rocky Marciano’s benchmark for excellence in the game while retiring a champion.
Still, there are some who wonder if a fight against the commonly mysterious Berto is the right path for the superstar Mayweather’s level to go out. Given the departure in earnings for those involved with the bout, it’s reasonable the NSAC sees this as a tested step down from May’s Pacquiao period too.