They said it! Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto

 

“Anybody who fights Floyd is going to fight like he’s never fought before. Floyd is magnificent; he’s proven it. He makes fights look easy. There is no easy fights for him. He is just talented enough to make the fights look easy. That’s what talented guys do.” – Trainer Naazim Richardson

 

“Listen, Floyd can do what he wants. He’s at that point in his career he can do what he wants. I don’t think it should be a pay-per-view fight; I think it should be free. There are others guys out there more deserving but Floyd has fought a lot of guys that are deserving, so if he wants to do this as the curtain call, before he goes out to the sunset, so be it. I guess he’s earned the right to do that.” – Boxing analyst Teddy Atlas

 

“I support [Floyd] 100% on [fighting Berto]. I mean [Berto] deserves it; he’s earned it. Berto had it going on in his time. He’s been representing at 147. I think if anyone deserves it, it’s Berto.” – Trainer Angel Garcia

 

“Mayweather is not in his prime anymore. Berto, he’s an exciting fighter. There may be other guys people wanna see Mayweather fight but one thing about Berto, he is an exciting fighter. He makes for exciting fights; he makes for exciting TV. He’ll give a good effort again.” – Showtime commentator and former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi

 

“You can’t count Berto out. He loves to win. Berto is a guy who has winning in his heart. If he can return to the old Berto, we can see a good fight. If it’s the Berto we’ve seen in his last three fights, it’s going to be a whitewash.” – Former two-division champion Roy Jones Jr.

 

“I have to let Berto fight to his strengths and then take that to the next level. A lot of interesting things can happen throughout the course of a fight. One man’s determined to keep it. One man’s determined to keep it. Makes for an interesting fight.” – Andre Berto’s trainer, Virgil Hunter

 

“Floyd fought everybody up there who could fight. He beat their ass, so what do you want? What do you want?” – Floyd Mayweather Sr.

 

“I think Berto is gonna work hard and prepare himself to be the best version of Berto. So we’ll see exactly what the fight is gonna look like.” – Rap star 50 Cent

 

“I think its gonna be a more interesting fight than people think. [Berto’s] from poverty. He understands his opportunity. He knows if he does well, he’ll change his life. Can he beat Floyd? That is another question. Floyd is on another planet right now as far as what he’s doing in boxing and in the sport. You have to respect what he is doing in boxing.” – Former world champion Zab Judah

 

“I think Andre is an underrated opponent. He’s a bigger name than a guy like Kell Brook. It’s not like [Amir] Khan has looked like he did in the past in recent fights. Same with [Keith] Thurman, he’s struggled in a couple of fights. Berto has had a great career on American television. He has fast hands. He has a big fighting heart and he makes big crowd-pleasing fights.” – HBO boxing analyst Max Kellerman

 

“Well, I doubt it’s Floyd’s last fight. I don’t want to see Floyd retire. A lot of people are saying this Andre Berto is not a good fight. If it really is [Floyd’s] last fight, he can fight whoever he wants. What does he have to prove? If you look at his resume, what does he have to prove? Floyd came up the old-school way; he fought everybody. They wanna say he picks and chooses but he fought everybody coming up. He paid his dues; he did what he had to do.” – Middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado

 

“He wants to get to 49-0. A lot of people knock Berto but I think Berto is a good but safe fight to get Floyd to want to win and want to go to 50-0. I think Mayweather is a win-win position because of the [Manny] Pacquiao fight. Showtime would be thrilled to only have to give him 32 million or whatever for this fight. Andre is a good fighter; he comes to fight. That is what he does. It will be a good fight because he’ll put up a fight.” – Trainer Ronnie Shields

 

“It doesn’t matter anymore at this point. [Mayweather] has already proved himself. Who cares who he fights? He fought everybody he was supposed to.” – Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola

 

“Who cares? Really, who cares? Come on; Floyd lost to Pacquiao. He’s no big deal.” – Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach

 

“Its gonna be a good fight. You gotta pick Mayweather. We’ve seen Berto recently. He’s not the same guy he was a few years ago.” – Former welterweight champion Shawn Porter

 

“It’s a good fight for Mayweather. He deserves it. Berto is not a pushover. He’s going to go in there and try hard.” – Former junior welterweight champion and current welterweight contender Danny Garcia

 

“Mayweather vs. Andre Berto is a farce. Mayweather should have fought Khan next.” – Top Rank Promotions boss Bob Arum

 

“I don’t even wanna break that fight down. I don’t know if it’s going to be worse than the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight. I’m not sure. Everybody has a chance. Berto has speed but Berto is kinda flat-footed. It is also the experience. It is very hard to catch Mayweather on the chin. Berto does have power but it is very hard to catch Mayweather.” – Former three-division champion Sugar Shane Mosley

 

“My nephew is going to get ready and do what he is supposed to do.” – Floyd’s uncle and former trainer, Roger Mayweather

 

“Mayweather earned the right to fight whomever he wants to fight at this level. He has earned the right to go out with whatever fight he wants. Until someone changes it in the ring, we have to just sit back and pay homage to what he has done in the ring.” – Former two-division champion Bernard Hopkins

 

“The fight is going to be fantastic. Berto wants the opportunity of a lifetime. Floyd made [Canelo] Alvarez look bad; he made Pacquiao look bad. Now he wants to see if he can make Berto look bad. Styles? I don’t know but Berto going to be swinging from the hills. He’s going to be hitting back. Floyd is smarter and smoother but Berto is going to fight. He isn’t scared of nobody. It’s going to be a great fight.” – Premier Boxing Champions’ Sam Watson

 

“It’s a good fight for Floyd. He’ll do his thing. Berto will make some money but he’ll get knocked out. Berto can fight but he’s not on Floyd’s level.” – Former two-division champion James “Lights Out” Toney

 

“There is no evidence that it [Berto] will be his final opponent. It’s the final fight of [Floyd’s] Showtime contract that he signed three years ago. That is what it is officially. It does not mean it is the final fight of Floyd Mayweather’s career – that is up to him.” – WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith Thurman

 

“Where I come from, we have always had to defeat the odds. Being the underdog motivates me and has got me to where I am at. I have faced the odds my whole life. I was 24 when I won my first world title. A lot has changed. I have a lot of experience behind me. I’ve had lots of ups and downs. I have been through some shit the last couple of years. I have got a chance to see what is real. At the beginning, I heard a lot of criticism but, now, everything is changing. I don’t care nothing about the criticism; I am focused. At the end of the day, they can criticize. At the beginning, I heard a lot of criticism but now everything is changing. It’s already crazy. It’s great for the country [Haiti, country of Berto’s nationality]. At the end of the day, I will be in a position to inspire a nation. It’s not only for me but it’s for an entire nation. This can be life-changing for a lot of people. It’s on him. This is my first time going into a fight with no pressure on my back. I know that I’m still the same guy who people thought could have given Floyd problems a couple years ago. This is my first time going into a fight without all the pressure on my back. I’ve always been the favorite in every fight. I don’t know what he’s feeling and I don’t really have to care about it. This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog. It’s a long time coming and now we’re here. A lot of people feel we should have had this fight a few years back but my time is now. I’m looking forward to it. He has the look in his eyes. I’m dialed in. September 12th, you definitely don’t want to miss this one.” – Andre Berto

 

“When you have a guy put in a situation with nothing to lose, that makes him work that much harder because he’s got a chance to be one of the top guys in the sport when I’m through. Is [Berto] trying to dethrone Floyd Mayweather? Absolutely. Like they say in football, ‘any given Sunday.’ I say ‘any given Saturday.’ Anything can happen, so I’m prepared mentally and physically. I’m in top shape. I’m sure he’s in top shape and he’s ready. But I’m not going to overlook this guy…I’m looking at it just like this. I want to win just like he wants to win, so I’m pushing myself every day. As I get older, I’m working harder. Actually, I think this camp, I sparred a lot more. I think I worked harder for this fight than the Pacquiao fight. Every time Andre Berto is in a fight, it’s an exciting fight. I’m not just blowing smoke or saying this. We cannot overlook or take that away from Andre Berto. He’s always in an exciting fight. That’s what it’s all about.” – Floyd Mayweather Jr.

 

 

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