Hunter: Like Ali, we’ll feel Mayweather loss when he retires
Virgil Hunter is relishing the challenge of opposing pound for pound best Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 12 and says the brash American won’t be fully appreciated until after the fight against his charge Andre Berto.
Mayweather is due to retire from the sport in just under a month following a stellar 19-year undefeated career, including world titles in five weights, and Hunter believes the ‘Money’ man will go down in history similarly to the great Muhammad Ali.
“We’re told never to quit and to never give up. Being 48-0 is not an easy job. Particularly when you go back to day one and the obstacles and the hills you have to climb. That’s the spirit of the sport,” said Hunter.
“I think once Floyd Mayweather is gone, we’ll feel the presence that this man had on the sport. I witnessed the same thing with Muhammad Ali.
“I’m glad to be a part of this. It’s a big thrill for me to be on the opposite side of legends and we’re anticipating everything turning out just right for us on fight night.”
Hunter hopes unfancied Berto, 31, can pull off one of the biggest shocks the sport has ever seen when the two meet at the MGM Grand after fending off strong competition from Briton Amir Khan to gain the last ever place opposite the 147 and 154 pound champion.