Andre Berto has given an honest assessment of his previous defeat as the former world champion prepares to share the ring with Victor Ortiz five years on from their first battle.
The pair fought out six enthralling rounds before eventually running out of gas down the stretch as Berto and Ortiz both hit the canvas in a see-saw affair at Foxwoods in Connecticut.
Half a decade on and efforts to pit the welterweights together again proved a success. Berto now hopes to rectify his first loss that ultimately cost him an earlier crack at pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“The fight back in 2011, he got me. He did what he had to do to win. But this time I’m going in extremely focused and ready to take everything that I felt he took from me that night,” said Berto.
“I went to school. I failed the test and now I have the chance to ace it.”
The 32 year-old continued: “He said it wouldn’t go the distance last time, but I still did and I wasn’t training to my full capabilities.
“My power and speed are still there. I’m glad this fight came about because it’s going to be a great night for the fans.
“I’m not about running my mouth and saying stuff just for the media. I’m going to back it up in the ring.”
Berto v Ortiz II takes place this Saturday night at the StubHub Center in California and features a stacked undercard, including a heavyweight tussle between up and comer Gerald Washington and ex-world title challenger Eddie Chambers.