The Last Man To Take On Mayweather Has Broken Down McGregor’s Chances
Floyd Mayweather last stepped into the boxing ring in September of 2015 and now, the man who faced him on that day has given his opinion about Conor McGregor’s has against the greatest boxer of his generation.
Andre Berto went 12 rounds with Mayweather and ended up losing a unanimous decision but in doing so, he gained a lot of knowledge about the type of boxer Mayweather is.
Despite being soundly beaten on that day, Berto believes that McGregor has a real chance of pulling off the mother of all upsets on August 26.
And it’s his ability to rise to the occasion and handle the pressure of the big stage that leads the two-time former welterweight world champ to believe that The Notorious can walk away with the victory on August 26.
“When it comes to Conor, I tell people: He’s a star,” Berto said in an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “For some reason under that pressure and under those lights and under that atmosphere, he knows how to rise to the occasion. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, he’s one of those special guys that really can thrive in these types of environments, man.”
“I just don’t put too much past him. I’ve been able to see and able to go to a few of his fights and really see how he really soaks up that atmosphere and he gets energy from it, where a lot of people really break down or it allows them to fold. He gets energy from that and he knows how to thrive. If it was a guy in the UFC or MMA that can do it, I believe he would be the one, for sure.”
Berto envisages a clear path to victory for McGregor and although he stopped short of outright predicting that the Irishman will win, he see a couple of scenarios unfolding, one of which is a McGregor win by KO.
“I see Conor coming in there really showing that bravado, showing that cockiness and showing that he’s really there to fight,” Berto said, explaining one possibility. “And somewhat trying to steal the stage from Floyd just with his antics and he kind of gets Floyd into a mind-game situation, has him pulling some type of mistakes and [Mayweather] gets caught with a big shot and gets hurt. And [McGregor] could stop him.”
The other possibility that Berto sees panning out is similar to a lot of boxing pundits and fans around the globe:
“Or I see Floyd not playing into any of these antics and being who he is, to stay poised and to stay sharp and let his boxing skills just pick Conor apart,” Berto said. “And either late rounds stop Conor just from the accumulation of shots or maybe cuts or just being beat up, or just outboxing him for 12 rounds and just trying to make him look silly.”
Berto and McGregor have been friends for a few years now after meeting at a sports rehab at a facility in Los Angeles and he’s giving his buddy a real shot at sporting immortality: “It’s the fight game — anything can happen,” he said. “It’s either Conor catches him early, finishes him or Floyd is gonna outboxing him and makes him look silly and tries to embarrass him.”
So, according to the last man to face Floyd, we’re either in for one of the most boring or exciting fight nights in history. How do you think it’ll go down?
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