Mayweather Jr vs. Berto: Can Andre beat Floyd?
By Gerardo Granados: As much as only a few people have tried to hype Andre Berto W30 (23)-L3-D0 as a dangerous foe for the undefeated and undisputed welterweight Champion of the World Floyd Mayweather Jr. W48 (26)-L0-D0 it is evident that all around the internet you can find boxing sites – forums in which this particular bout have been diminished to an authentic mismatch not worth to pay for.
It was really odd to see how Floyd praised Andre on their first press conference. It was like going into a used car dealer and listen to the salesman trying to convince you on how great the old SUV is; telling you that you should not pay attention to the dents on the bodywork or the high mileage and high fuel consumption of the vehicle, because the salesman believes it is a great car but also tells you that he doesn’t care if you buy it or not.
Yesterday a friend of mine asked me if Berto can upset Mayweather, so I told him if I was right when I warned him about not buying the “Fight of the Century” on last May; he didn’t reply to me but gave me that strange look made of a mix of anger and frustration. After a minute or so he replied to me saying that James Buster Douglas was a huge underdog when he knocked out Iron Mike Tyson, then I stared at him with a dumbfounded look and told him that the discipline and work ethic of Tyson and Mayweather cannot be compared, is like saying hard work dedication and party time fornication.
Who said “if it makes money it makes sense”? So if it doesn’t makes money then it should not make any sense.
If Floyd thinks that Manny Pacquiao was a hype job then why Mayweather states that the most important fight of his boxing career was against Pacman? He even tries to justify Berto election saying that if Pacquiao chose Chris Algieri then why can´t he pick Berto. Floyd states that Berto will push him and tries to convince fight fans on how dangerous the challenger is but at the same time states that no one is force to buy the PPV. Could cognitive dissonance explain his reasoning?
I simply have no intention to watch this bout and I might not be alone on this. I rather watch Wladimir Klitschko fight against Tyson Fury in a bout that I consider to be close and competitive; the Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez is also a great option and it even could end in a fight of the year nominee in my personal opinion, the Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux is an interesting bout and there are rumors that say that Chocolatito Gonzalez could face Brian Viloria on the same card, so there are many good cards to watch and no one is force to buy them.
Canelo Alvarez had the size and punching power but was no match for Floyd, and then Manny Pacquiao had the full package to upset him having speed, power, mobility, high work rate and angles but failed miserably. Can the reader tell if Berto have the right tools to compete against Floyd and explain how Berto could be considered more skilled and dangerous than Pacquiao? I think Floyd is victim of his own success.
I don’t believe that Berto can upset Mayweather. Floyd edges Andre in everything with the exception of punching power, and also has a better chin so I would count out a lucky punch. But what about the reader, do you think that Andre can upset Floyd?
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