Floyd Mayweather wanted an exciting challenge for his final fight on September 12, that’s why the pound for pound king opted to face the unfancied Andre Berto in Las Vegas.
The 38 year-old, who has faced criticism over his choice of opponent, defended his decision at the kick-off press conference on Thursday and is adamant that fans will get their money’s worth if they purchase the Berto fight on SHO pay-per-view.
“I chose Berto because he’s very exciting. Andre Berto is going to push Floyd Mayweather to the limit. That’s one thing I do know,” said Mayweather.
“Berto always gives an exciting fight. If he gets knocked down he gets back up. He always give 100 percent. Fast hands, good boxer.
“I know what it takes when it’s a fight of this magnitude because I’ve been fighting on pay-per-view for over 10 years. Berto is a very tough guy, he’s hungry and he’s not going to lie down.
“When you look at the two divisions I fight in, there’s one man who stands all alone. I looked at the division and asked who’s always in a tough exciting fight, who has quick hands and who always gives it 100 percent, it was Andre Berto,” he added.
Berto, 31, has endured a rocky time over the past few years with setbacks and injuries, but does have two world titles to his credit and was once high on pound for pound lists during his reign as an undefeated WBC champion.
Saying that, the Haitian-American has certainly seen better days and will be relying on new trainer Virgil Hunter to come up with a cunning plan to make sure he isn’t embarrassed by Mayweather when the pair collide at the MGM Grand.