Floyd Mayweather made boxing history yesterday (September 12) when he defeated Andre Berto in a unanimous decision, ESPN reports. This victory ties the boxer with Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 career record.
Mayweather said prior to the match that this would be his last time in the ring. He confirmed his retirement to reporters after the bout with Berto.
“You got to know when to hang it up, and it’s time for me to hang it up,” the boxer said.
Many rappers took to social media to congratulate the champion on his victory. Despite his prolific career, Mayweather has received criticism for his glorification of money and his confrontations outside of boxing. He has feuded with T.I. and 50 Cent, among others. He also spent two months in jail in 2012 for domestic battery. Some of the posts took note of this criticism and said that winning overpowers the negativity.
“Congrats @floydmayweather !! Now it’s time to party!!!” Puff Daddy wrote on Instagram with a flier for his Marquee Fight Night party sponsored by Ciroc.
“@floydmayweather congrats on perfect 49-0 record,” Rick Ross wrote on Twitter with a picture of Mayweather and the MMG Black Bottle Boys logo.
“The best ever! F#%k what they talking when you winning!!” Meek Mill wrote on Instagram for a caption of a picture of the boxer with his title belts.
“TBE… 49-0,” Lupe Fiasco posted on Instagram, referencing the boxer’s “The Best Ever” title.
“Congrats @floydmayweather ANOTHER ONE!#wethebest,” DJ Khaled wrote on Instagram for the caption of a picture of himself with Money May.
Fabolous apparently was in attendance for the Las Vegas fight and posted an image on Instagram.
“Mayweather VS. Berto Congrats to @floydmayweather. A 49-0 record is incredible.. People overlook that like its a easy feat, but the real ones know & respect your hard work! We need 1 more WIN so you can have the record & so I can bring my son to see that last fight!! #MayweatherVsBerto #Vegas#TMT #TheFamily,” he writes, referencing the boxer’s The Money Team.
Flo Rida also posted that he was at the fight. On Instagram, he shared a picture of Mayweather kneeling in the center of the ring after finishing the final round.
“Keep God 1st in anything you do and you will not be stopped. Salute to my brother the undefeated @FloydMayweather 49-0 #TMT #STRONGARM,” he writes.
Top Dawg Entertainment executive Punch also gave a nod to the fighter.
“Floyd “Money” Mayweather. The Best Ever,” he says on Twitter. “Hahahha niggas hate Mayweather, but NOBODY beat him.”