Leonard Ellerbe has heard all the criticism of Mayweather-Berto, particularly people pointing the finger to Berto's 3-3 record in his last six fights as evidence that this fight isn't worth the price tag. In response, Ellerbe draws a line from Berto's recent record to that of Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto to make his point.
"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."
I could go on to say that the actual opponents fought during those stretches means much more than the records themselves, but that should be pretty intuitive. Berto's three losses during his last six fights have come against Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero, and Jesus Soto Karass. Manny's last three losses have come against Floyd Mayweather, Juan Manuel Marquez, and an undeniably questionable decision loss to Tim Bradley. So yeah, not exactly the same caliber of opponents. Cotto's two most recent losses have come against Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout.
Expect the rhetoric to pick up as fight week approaches and they look spur PPV sales. This fight should be a great litmus test of Floyd's true drawing power.