Nobody is expecting Andre Berto to give Floyd Mayweather any trouble--except Andre Berto. That shouldn't surprise anyone, really, but some of Berto's reasoning might give you pause.
In an interview with Boxing News Online, Berto said, "The thing with Floyd is, most guys he fights aren't as athletic as he is. But I am... If you come at Floyd fast but don't have a plan and don't have good footwork, it's too easy for him. If you have a guy that's as athletic as him, it gives him problems."
Continuing, Berto explained some of the athletic tools that he figures will give him the edge over Mayweather. "There is a lot more to me than just walking guys down. I have speed, I have power, I have a crazy uppercut, I can move to the side. There are a lot of ways I can get it done."
No one would question the fact that Berto is a phenomenal athlete, with fast-twitch muscles out the wazoo and plenty of punching power. It's style and cleverness that seems to stand in Mayweather's favor, however. While Berto has been experimenting, and frequently failing, with Mayweather's shoulder roll, Floyd has been racking up wins over tough competition, culminating in a historic victory over Manny Pacquiao in May.
Though there may be a silver lining in Berto's words for those disappointed by the Pacquiao fight, marred during and after the fact by an injury to Pacquiao's right shoulder. Berto, who has suffered shoulder injuries of his own in the past, insists that he's in perfect form for this, the toughest fight of his career: "From an energy aspect I feel great. It's my first time in a while coming into a fight with no injuries. This is the healthiest I've been since I can remember."
Mayweather-Berto is scheduled to take place on Showtime pay-per-view Saturday, September 12th.