WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has stated his pleasure at Andre Berto being given the opportunity to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 12.
Berto, 31, was chosen ahead of Amir Khan and Karim Mayfield for the MGM Grand pay-per-view offering next month, and despite criticism of Mayweather’s decision, Suliaman says the Haitian-American deserves it for his accomplishments in and out of the ring.
“I am happy. Andre Berto is a very good fighter,” Sulaiman told World Boxing News.
“Berto is a former champion and a formidable person. He has been in WBC Conventions before and you see him interact with the kids and the fans, it’s unbelievable.
“I also think it’s going to be a good fight as Berto is a top fighter. The fight with Victor Ortiz was so dramatic and Berto could have boxed, but he decided to go all out and make it a brawl. He is very interesting fighter.”
Mayweather is hoping to seal a record-equalling 49th victory against Berto and is already an overwhelming favourite with the oddsmakers who see the Showtime fight as completely one-sided.
Should Mayweather do the expected in Las Vegas, the pound for pound king would then be level with the great Rocky Marciano on 49-0, although when picking his top five fighters of all time recently, ‘The Brockton Blockbuster’ didn’t even make the list.
‘Money’ predictably placed himself at number one of all-time.