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More likely to put up a fight: Sacramento State or Mayweather’s opponent?

Sacramento State will travel to face Washington on Saturday. The host Huskies will be heavy favorites against the Hornets.
Sacramento State will travel to face Washington on Saturday. The host Huskies will be heavy favorites against the Hornets. aseng@sacbee.com

This, that and the other thing:

▪ Who do you think will put up more of a fight this Saturday?

Sacramento State in it’s football game in Seattle against Washington of the Pacific-12 Conference or Andre Berto, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s opponent in Las Vegas, where the undefeated champion will supposedly make his career curtain call?

I’m going with the Hornets to give a better show – and it’s on free TV at 11 a.m., if you get the Pac-12 Network – than Berto, who has lost three of his past six fights. Two of those losses came against opponents Mayweather beat badly, one by knock out, and the self-described “TBE” – “The Best Ever” – is more of a dancer than a fighter.

▪ The level of competition goes through the roof in Week 2 for the Hornets, who manhandled Eastern Oregon 41-20. Much like the Hornets, the Huskies are young, led by former high school All-American quarterback Jake Browning of Folsom.

In Washington’s 16-13 loss at Boise State last week, Browning looked poised and in control in his first start as a freshman. Before he leaves for the next level, this kid will have won a lot more games than he loses. If we could only buy stock in his budding career.

▪ Many boxing observers thought Mayweather was making a joke when he announced his final fight would come against Berto. The joke may ultimately be on Mayweather, nicknamed “Money.”

There are reportedly still 2,100 seats available at the MGM Grand Arena, with tickets ranging between $150 and $1,500. Those are bargain-basement prices compared to the prices ($1,500 to $10,000-plus) for the Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in May. Also, it’s reported that few fight fans are buying the bout shown on pay-per-view at $74.95.

▪ Having Mayweather pull his name from a list of more qualified opponents is like winning the lottery for Berto, who will earn a career-high $3 million. Mayweather, who made more than $200 million in his fight against Pacquiao, is estimated to make between $18 million and $35 million.

Why even bother?

▪ If you honestly believe this is Mayweather’s last fight for chump change, I have a half-built NBA arena for sale.

Victor Contreras (916) 326-5527, vcontreras@sacbee.com, @sacbeevictor

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