Mayweather ends career with easy win

first_img unanimous decision LAS VEGAS (AP): His career winding down to its final seconds, Floyd Mayweather Jr took a victory lap around the ring, his fist raised in triumph. After 19 years of perfection in the ring, he deserved one final bow. Mayweather capped a remarkable career with a typical Mayweather fight Saturday night, using his defensive wizardry to frustrate Andre Berto on his way to a decision so lopsided, one judge gave him every round. The $32 million he earned was pocket change compared to what he got for Manny Pacquiao in his last fight. But the more important number was win No. 49 in the final fight of his unblemished career, tying the mark of the late heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano. “You gotta know when to go. I’ve had a great career,” Mayweather said. “I’m leaving with all my faculties. I feel like I’m smart and sharp.” Mayweather wasn’t about to change what he does best in his last fight. Both dominant and defensive, he used all the tricks learned in a pro career that began in 1996 to take a unanimous decision over Berto and retain his welterweight titles in what he insists was his final fight. Mayweather won yet again in a fight where he was chased but never really tested. He piled up points with a sharp jab and quick counter punches, leaving Berto swinging at air most of the night. By the late rounds, Mayweather was both talking to Berto (30-4) and taunting him, secure in the knowledge he was winning big against the 18-1 underdog. The ringside scorecards reflected Mayweather’s dominance, with one judge scoring a 120-108 shutout. The other scores were 118-110 and 117-111, while The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 119-109.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney will NOT start final England game against USA, confirms Southgate

first_img 5 5 Rooney will not start his farewell game for EnglandThe 33-year-old has been given the opportunity to come out of international retirement to make his 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions.The Football Association have officially dubbed the game ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation International’ in support of the record goalscorer and his charity.But, bizarrely, the Manchester United legend will not be named in the starting XI.It is understood he will make a brief cameo towards the end of the game instead, which will give supporters the opportunity to give the former captain a send-off.Reports this week claimed the striker would be given his old number ten shirt for his final appearance, but Southgate has revealed this will not be the case.“He wouldn’t wear the No.10 because he won’t start the game,” the manager said on Thursday after naming his 28-man squad for the USA friendly and UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia. Rooney is also the most-capped outfield player in England history – only Peter Shilton has more with 125 Rooney became England’s record scorer during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in September 2015 And the manager revealed talks over the legendary striker’s involvement have been going on for a year, ever since his international retirement, and says he deserves a fitting send off after ‘everything he has given to his country’.“There have been ongoing discussions since Wayne retired about paying tribute to him and his England career,” said the Three Lions boss.“Those discussions started 12 months ago. We have an opportunity with the game at Wembley to pay tribute.“I am still able to look to the future with the squad we’ve picked, but we’ve talked a lot about the history of the shirt and honouring former players“We have brought former players back to speak and present shirts. I think all the players respect Wayne’s contribution and that he deserves the best possible send-off. The game has been renamed in honour of Wayne Rooney, but he will not start for England 5 “We’re a strange country in that we bemoan the fact we haven’t achieved as much as we like, and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we’re justifying including him.“I’m sure the crowd will give him the treatment he deserves.”center_img Southgate has backed the idea to give Rooney a fitting send-off at Wembley 5 Wayne Rooney will NOT start for England in his farewell game against the United States, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.But the manager says Rooney deserves the tribute match and has not ruled out the possibility of the former captain pulling on the armband again when he eventually enters the pitch. 5 “I understand that’s its’ caused a lot of debate and conjecture but, for me, I think it’s a small way of appreciating what he’s given to his country.”Most of that debate and conjecture has centred on opinion that giving Rooney one last game devalues the achievement of earning an England cap.But responding to those claims, Southgate said: “The value of caps is very difficult to be precise on.“You can come on with two minutes to go because you need a change; I’ve played when we’ve changed the whole team at half-time.“We have the game with Croatia which is important to us; there are many things you’re trying to get out of these fixtures, and I hope Wayne gets the appropriate response, because he’s been a tremendous servant. Getty “As the manager, my involvement was: ‘Am I happy for him to play a part in the game?’ Yes.“But I’m still able to look to the future in terms of the squad I was able to pick and the things I want to see.“In terms of the captaincy, the last game he came on [as a substitute] with me, Jordan Henderson gave him the armband as soon as he ran on the pitch.“So I guess that will depend on the circumstances around the game and the players that are on there but I have no issue with that at all.”Southgate added that Rooney declined an opportunity to be honoured ahead of the World Cup, so as not to take the attention away from those going to Russia.last_img read more