Andre Berto is known as one of the best boxers to ever step into the ring and he was also the last person to step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.
When it comes to the chances of UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor defeating Mayweather, the boxing star says the Irishman has a legit shot at getting the victory.
“When it comes to Conor, I tell people: He’s a star,” Berto said 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 this 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 (to defeat Mayweather), for sure.”
While Berto had the opportunity to defeat Mayweather in September of 2015, it wouldn’t come to fruition as he suffered a decision loss to the undefeated fighter.
Berto believes that if the highly favored Mayweather were to win, it would come by late round stoppage or a decision.
“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.”
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.