Leonard Ellerbe laughed off the negativity over Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming opponent, Andre Berto by pointing out that the former WBC champion’s recent record matches that of Manny Pacquiao.
The fact that Berto has lost three of his last six has been well documented since the Haitian-American was named as Mayweather’s final opponent, but Ellerbe couldn’t help rightly pointing out that Pacquiao hold’s the same form since his May defeat to the pound for pound king.
“All people are saying is that Berto is 3-3 in his last six fights but Pacquiao was 3-3 in his last six fights, too. Cotto has lost two of his last five fights. But they’re both headed to the Hall of Fame,” said Ellerbe.
“We know Berto is coming to fight, that he is coming to win and shock the world. There’s no way Floyd takes him lightly. He is working just as hard for this fight as he did the previous 48.”
Mayweather, 38, is set to bow out of boxing in September following one of the most decorated career’s ever seen in the sport and can equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 retirement record with yet another victory at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The unheralded Berto is a massive underdog to put the first dent in Mayweather’s C.V, but ultimately has nothing to lose and that could be the biggest advantage the challenger has going into the most lucrative night of his life.