May­weather foe vows to spoil farewell

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — An­dre Berto has vowed to up­set the odds against Floyd May­weather in the pound-for-pound king’s fi­nal fight in Las Ve­gas on Septem­ber 12.

May­weather will put his WBA and WBC wel­ter­weight ti­tles on the line when he aims to equal Rocky Mar­ciano’s leg­endary record by re­tir­ing with an un­blem­ished 49-0 pro­fes­sional record.

The box­ing su­per­star, who is a pro­hib­i­tive 1/100 odds-on favourite, is al­ready look­ing for­ward to hang­ing up his gloves with his per­fect record in­tact but Berto has other plans.

“This is go­ing to be for ev­ery­one who be­lieves in the un­der­dog,” promised 16/1 out­sider Berto, who has won 30 fights, but has also lost three times in the last four years.

“From an energy as­pect I feel great. It’s my first time in a while com­ing into a fight with no in­juries. This is the health­i­est I’ve been since I can re­mem­ber.

“At the end of the day, this fight was sup­posed to hap­pen two or three times. Sit­u­a­tions with me not tak­ing care of my­self and not tak­ing op­po­nents se­ri­ously caused it to hap­pen. But styles make fights and we’ll see what the box­ing fans say Septem­ber 12.

“I know that I’m still the same guy who peo­ple thought could have given Floyd prob­lems a cou­ple years ago.

“Vic­tor Or­tiz and Robert Guer­rero both got fights with Floyd be­cause they beat me. There must be some­thing to that. They said ‘ if he did some­thing to Berto, he should get a shot at Floyd.’”

“We’re here. It’s my time to see him. He can have his ‘ Mayvinci’ code be­cause we put in the work. The whole team is con­fi­dent. I’m go­ing to do what I do. We worked on a lot of dif­fer­ent things at camp. I have the speed to keep up with him. I have more power.

“The thing with Floyd is, most guys he fights aren’t as ath­letic as he is. But I am.

“If you come at Floyd fast but don’t have a plan and don’t have good foot­work, it’s too easy for him. If you have a guy that’s as ath­letic as him, it gives him prob­lems.

“There is a lot more to me than just walk­ing guys down. I have speed, I have power, I have a crazy up­per­cut, I can move to the side. There are a lot of ways I can get it done.

“I’m not go­ing to watch his spar­ring. I don’t want to watch him driv­ing his cars, none of that. I want to see him Septem­ber 12.

“This is my first time go­ing into a fight with­out all the pres­sure on my back. I’ve al­ways been the favourite in ev­ery fight. I don’t know what he’s feel­ing and I don’t re­ally have to care about it.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent mind-set. Com­ing from where I come from, we al­ways had to de­feat the odds. We didn’t have what other peo­ple had. We had to work twice as hard for ev­ery­thing. To be no­ticed to be seen. Even back then it drove me to be the best that I can be. I wanted ev­ery­one to know I was some­body you had to watch.

“I’ve faced these odds my whole life. I was dis­counted two years ago when I was lay­ing in the hos­pi­tal. I’m con­stantly en­vi­sion­ing vic­tory.

“All the hard work we’re putting in, it’ll all pay off fight night. It’s not just for me. I’ve been through do­ing things for me. I see what’s real now.

“I’ve pre­pared my­self men­tally to be in this po­si­tion. Peo­ple can say what­ever they want. We’re fo­cused.

“This is go­ing to be for ev­ery­one who be­lieves in the un­der­dog.”

— Sky Sports.

Floyd May­weather.

an­dre Berto.

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