I first caught a glimpse of Andre Berto back in 2007, which was the last time I had cable before I moved. I was always impressed by his speed, his raw power, and his pure boxing talent. But with Berto there's always been a question about how far he could go. I think despite losing to Victor Ortiz he's still the third best welterweight in the world. I know Victor beat him but if you really line up the top welterweights I think you can interchange Victor and Andre in that third sport. The division as a whole is pretty lackluster really beyond the top four I mean I don't see any of the non-American welterweights making a huge splash against anyone in the top four. Kell Brook might have the most upside of all the non-American welters but that's about it, and even with Kell he talks a good game but I don't see much against Berto or Ortiz, which is his likely destination in the next two years as he makes his way up the ladder.
But in terms of a quality fight for Mayweather if by some chance (yeah I know) he doesn't fight Manny in 2012 I think the most intriguing fight out there and one that could be a real legit trap would be a match up with Andre Berto. I personally like this fight because right now given the lack of stand out talent with big fight and big stage experience Berto seems like the most logical and credible choice before an eventual (hopefully) super fight with Manny Pacquiao. And whereas Victor Ortiz was seen as a tune up for Floyd in preparation for Pacquiao, a fight with Andre Berto cannot and I think would not be taken as lightly by the Mayweather team as the fight with Victor was. Floyd simply did not respect Victor or his champion status. He saw Vicious as a means to an end and someone he could make an example of to all those who said his out of the ring antics and long layoff would affect his priorities in the ring.
It doesn't make much sense to me for Devon Alexander to fight for the IBF title Andre just one after beating Jan Zavec when Devon barely won his last fight and turned out a less than stellar showing against Tim Bradley. Besides the smart thing for Devon to do is to take a tune up fight in his debut at 147lbs. Or he could simply stay at 140 and challenge the winner of Khan/Peterson, which also makes a lot of sense because despite some questionable results against Matthysse and Bradley, Devon has the god given talent to make up for his recent sidesteps.
So what do you guys think? Would Berto/Ortiz make for a better match up than Khan/Mayweather or Mayweather/Martinez? I don't think Sergio should drop all the way down to 147 to prove a point about the world class duckers in the 160 lb division, especially when its only European fighters ducking him. I doubt Jermaine Taylor who's making his come back at 160 would duck him if given the chance, I don't think guys in the 154 lb division would shy away from a title shot against Maravilla. I find it hard sympathizing with Sergio and Lou Dibella because there are plenty of guys out there who would step up to the challenge.
I don't know I want to see Berto fight Mayweather. What do you guys think?