Philippines, 18 Jun 2024
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        


 
 
News  


The Clamour That Is Mayweather Versus Berto


PhilBoxing.com




Andre Berto's road to Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a short substandard path. He's basically fought only once a year since 2012 yet still lost twice in the process; once against Robert Guerrero who lost against Mayweather in 2013. Early this year he fought for an Interim WBA Welterweight title against Josesito Lopez, whose best days were down at the Lightweight Division, and won by TKO. While Andre Berto is not an elite level fighter he has always been entertaining to watch. You watch him with a sort of sorry for an unfulfilled promise and underdeveloped talent. He has memorable fights against Victor Ortiz, Luis Collazo, and Soto-Karass, etc. But even during Andre Berto's heydays as a prizefighter it is unlikely that he stood a chance against a now 38 year old Floyd Mayweather whose boxing skills prove timelessly polished. It seems the once promising Berto is now reduced to a cheap show in favor of the best boxer in the world, except the PPV won't be cheap come September 12.

There are other fighters out there who are more deserving of a chance to fight Mayweather this September, such as American boxer Keith Thurman who has an unblemished fight record of 26-0-1, or economy-wise, Amir Khan could bring in serious money from the U.K. market and he's been calling out to Mayweather for some time now. I could go on with a list of names of other boxers, but none of that should matter. The only opinion on the subject that matters is that of Floyd Mayweather's. In fact, if you are still disappointed up to this point of the latter's formal announcement to fight Andre Berto perhaps the ultimate statement of the event has been missed.

Mayweather fights whomever he wants to fight in his time and under his rules. He projects his fashionable life as some sort of a contrarian statement, always dissenting, rebellious, yet extremely successful. His contract dealings with other fighters can be as unfair as the life he once experienced in Grand Rapids, Michigan being born poor, in a troubled household, and born to drug addicted parents. A life he overcame without proper guidance, by his own volition, and in his own terms to be the richest athlete in the world today regardless of sport. I do not for a moment doubt the gravity of his credo in life which he chants "Hard work" and "Dedication" when he trains in his gym as hard as he had to turn his life around. He has practically earned everything that he has today the hard way and only that one person who's been with him along the way and through the years of struggle deserves to share the credit: himself. Yet in the same coin, a lot of other fighters, too, have fought and sacrificed so much to deserve to fight him.

Great boxers in the past have chosen to fight lesser opponents at times. Even Manny Pacquiao fought a human punching bag in Rios via PPV and a growing consensus says Andre Berto is Pacquiao's Algieri. But Floyd Mayweather is not supposed to be like any boxer. He is not Manny Pacquiao and even thinks he is better than Muhammad Ali. He consistently says he is The Best Ever but not without repercussions.

When one talks about greatness and preaches greatness, the people shall demand that same claimed greatness in return, and expect something greater and greater each time without forgiveness, and that is the trouble.


Mark F. Villanueva
www.boxinginsight.blogspot.com
Twitter: @Markfvillanueva
Email:
Markfvillanueva@gmail.com


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Mark F. Villanueva.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • What Awaits Naoya Inoue at Featherweight?
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Tue, 18 Jun 2024
  • Undefeated Super Middleweight Prospect Darius “DFG” Fulghum Excited to headline first show
    , Tue, 18 Jun 2024
  • Venado Lopez-Angelo Leo IBF Featherweight World Title Clash Set for August 10 at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque LIVE on ESPN
    , Tue, 18 Jun 2024
  • TAYDEN "THE BUTCHER" BELTRAN TRAINING CAMP NOTES
    , Tue, 18 Jun 2024
  • Antonio Moran Re-Inks with All Star Boxing
    , Tue, 18 Jun 2024
  • EXCITING MATCHROOM PROSPECT HAMZA UDDIN: MY LOCAL COMMUNITY INSPIRES MY WORLD TITLE DREAM
    , Mon, 17 Jun 2024
  • Undefeated Chinese-Kazakh boxer Yesimuhan Yeerken (3-0) signs with Sanman Boxing
    , Mon, 17 Jun 2024
  • Dimzon seeded no. 1 in Unisex 2024 Summer Junior Tennis
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Mon, 17 Jun 2024
  • Magsayo closer to title shot
    By Joaquin Henson, , Mon, 17 Jun 2024
  • Undefeated Austin Brooks & Aran Avagyan Battle to an exciting 10-round draw
    , Mon, 17 Jun 2024
  • Enrique "Maravilla" Pinder, Former Panamanian Champ, Passes Away
    By Gabriel F. Cordero, , Mon, 17 Jun 2024
  • RP Blu Boys Show Grit as they End their World Cup Run
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 16 Jun 2024
  • MARK MAGSAYO WINS WBA INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE OVER EDUARDO RAMIREZ
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Sun, 16 Jun 2024
  • Pagara is new IBF Asia lightweight champ
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 16 Jun 2024
  • Asia's First GM Torre to grace opening of chess tournament in Lipa City, Batangas
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 16 Jun 2024
  • “PRINCE” ALBERT PAGARA BECOMES THE NEW IBF ASIA 135-LBS CHAMPION
    By Carlos Costa, , Sun, 16 Jun 2024
  • Mirano rules Sta. Maria chessfest
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 16 Jun 2024
  • WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2024 Group A: Philippines beat hosts Mexico, still with chance to reach Sunday's playoffs
    , Sat, 15 Jun 2024
  • Hoka Trilogy Run race kit collection ends today
    , Sat, 15 Jun 2024
  • Davis vs. Martin: Tank Versus Frank
    By Chris Carlson, , Sat, 15 Jun 2024
  • WEIGHTS, AND RUNNING ORDER FROM THE WEIGH-IN FOR SUBRIEL MATIAS VS. LIAM PARO
    , Sat, 15 Jun 2024
  • Weights from Portland, Maine
    , Sat, 15 Jun 2024
  • RUBALCAVA PENS PROMOTIONAL DEAL WITH MATCHROOM AND COMPLETES ESTRADA VS. BAM CARD
    , Sat, 15 Jun 2024
  • RP Blu Boys Suffer Heartbreaking Loss
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Fri, 14 Jun 2024
  • IM Quizon finishes ninth in World Junior chess meet
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Fri, 14 Jun 2024




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2024 philboxing.com.