Former welterweight titlist Andre Berto knows he's in deep with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, but he's doing his best to tune out all the critics who don't give him a shot to win. Instead, he's taking this fight as a golden opportunity to do what hardly anyone else believes he can, and truly shock the world.
Berto says he's so dialed in for this for fight that he's already at 149lbs two weeks before the fight, when he's typically at around 155-158lbs by this time. He swears that he's not drained nor worried about cutting weight too fast, because it's all happening naturally, thanks in part to his new chef/nutritionist.
"I'm not trying to [be this low], that's the thing," Berto said. "I've been eating three, four times a day, taking in a lot of calories, taking in a lot of good proteins and carbs. I'm just putting the right things in my body, use everything as fuel.
"I've had the energy. [My] shoulders are good. 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."
With the Mayweather-Berto promotion in full swing and Showtime kicking off its All Access show covering the fight, Berto goes on to say that he's not paying any attention to what Floyd's doing, he's just preparing himself to put on the fight of his life.
"I don't want to watch him bowling. I don't want to watch him with any of the broads. I don't want to watch see him driving any of his little Tonka cars. None of that," Berto said. "I just want to see him Sept. 12. That's it."
Say what you will about Andre Berto (and I know I've derided this fight plenty myself), but I can't help but like Berto's approach to this whole thing. He's taking it all in stride and doesn't appear to let any of the media nor fans get to him about why he's in this fight in the first place.