America’s Andre Berto has vowed that he will knock out undefeated compatriot Floyd Mayweather Jr. when the pair meet in the ring for the recently announced September 12 fight.
In a completely unsurprising turn of events, Berto has come out fighting in the war of words, suggesting he will do what 48 other fighters have failed to do and beat Money.
Boxers as a group could never be accused of lacking confidence, and 31-year-old Berto is no exception based on his latest comments, per Edward Chaykovsky of BoxingScene.com:
“I’m coming to kick Floyd’s ass on September 12. Best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I’m not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do,” he said. “Somebody is getting knocked out and it won’t be me. You don’t want to miss this.”
There are very few people who will be convinced by former IBF and WBC welterweight champion Berto, as the overall consensus concerning Mayweather’s 49th—and perhaps final—challenger is one of disappointment, per ESPN’s Dan Rafael:
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) August 5, 2015
Berto has done very little to earn his shot at Mayweather, who is the biggest name in the world of boxing. His professional record is 30-3, all three of his losses coming in his last six fights. Berto’s most recent bout saw him claim a sixth-round knockout of Josesito Lopez in March. Two of his defeats—to Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerro—were against fighters who have been beaten by Mayweather, while the third was to Jesus Soto. As noted by Sky Sports Boxing’s Tris Dixon, Berto has previously failed in his attempts to earn a fight with 38-year-old Mayweather, and yet he will have the opportunity to face him at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena in five weeks:
Berto failed two Mayweather auditions, against Guerrero and Ortiz, but he still gets the part. Astonishing #boxing
— Tris Dixon (@TrisDixon) August 4, 2015
Despite Berto’s hubris, Mayweather has chosen an easy opponent against whom to go for a Rocky Marciano-equalling 49-0 record.
Money’s previous fight against Manny Pacquiao ended up being a huge disappointment and his next one is unlikely to be any different with a Mayweather victory all but guaranteed.
If Berto can back up his talk and knock out Mayweather it will be an upset for the ages and worth every pay-per-view penny. But it seems unlikely.
Credit: Bleacher Report