When Floyd Mayweather announced that his final opponent – he claims this will be his last fight – would be Andre Berto, the boxing world was fairly underwhelmed.
Yes, Berto is a good fighter. He started his career 27-0. But he’s lost three of his last six matches and, like Mayweather, is a defensive fighter.
Translation? Don’t expect much action.
After all, no one in boxing gets inside early, scores points and then spends the rest of the night running away quite like Mayweather. Berto, however, believe he is just as fast – if not faster – than Mayweather and has what it takes to beat him.
He just has to catch him first.
“Well, I have to catch him,” Berto said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “That’s the thing with this Floyd Mayweather puzzle. You have to be able to be fast to catch him. Throughout the years, he’s definitely been more superior athletically speed-wise and agility-wise than a lot of his opponents. I believe the last person to really give him a little bit of a fit was Zab Judah. I think he’s going to see more of that type of situation over here – because I have the speed to keep up with him, I have the speed to catch him and I have the power to hurt him. I think it’s going to be a good one.”
Las Vegas isn’t so sure. Berto is a 100/1 underdog. A lot of people, in fact, seem to be angry that this fight is even taking place, but if they are, they need to direct their anger at Mayweather, not Berto.
“That’s something that they need to be calling and asking Floyd about,” Berto said. “It’s like a lot of these people are calling me and saying these things about me. Floyd is the one that wanted this fight. He wanted this fight. And at the end of the day, everybody that knows me, they know I’m going to bring everything to the table. They know I got everything that it takes to get the job done. But at the end of the day, this was what Floyd wanted.”
The fight will take place at MGM Grand on Sept. 12, as Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) goes for his 49th win.
Berto, it is worth noting, is 7-1 in world title fights.
“It’s just my determination, man,” Berto said, explaining his success in high-profile matches. “It’s my dedication to it. Everybody else in this game, they’ve basically seen what I’ve had to go through and they know how I’m going to respond. They’ve seen me get knocked down. They’ve seen me get up and fight my ass off. They see me fight 12 rounds with a torn shoulder. They see how I’m going to respond. We’ve never seen Floyd in those types of positions. We’ve never seen how he’ll react after he gets knocked down. We’ll never see him have to deal with ridiculous adversity when it comes to a fight yet. So you guys know how I’m going to respond. I’m willing to die to get the job done – and that’s not never going to change.”