Andre Berto Offers Fascinating Insight Into What It's Like Fighting Floyd Mayweather
Andre Berto described how it felt facing Floyd Mayweather in the ring and said he's one of the most observant fighter around.
The pair fought in 2015 in Mayweather's final official bout before retirement, which 'Money' won via TKO in round 10.
Berto described how it felt to FightHype.com back in 2017.
"He puts you in a place where, he's so defensive and elusive and you're steadily punching, and you keep swinging and you see him looking at you," Berto said.
"So he kind of puts you in a place where, 'OK, if I keep swinging too much, I'm going to hang myself out there to get hit.' Because he's seeing. He's seeing. He's seeing. He's seeing all this. He's very smart at dictating the pace.
Mayweather's style has often been criticised as boring but there's no denying its efficiency as he made it to 50-0 in his career.
"When I was in there with him, he manages the time.
"He looks up at the clock like four times during a round.
"He'll move around, move around, look at the clock, move around, move around, look at the clock, grab you tight, look at the clock and then, 'Bop! Bop!' He'll hit you two or three times, just enough to win the round."
'The Beast' also commented on Mayweather's omniscient demeanor in the ring and said he was always looking for ways to come out on top.
"I've never been in there with somebody who's so observant.
"He's very observant of everything that's going on.
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"He kept looking to see if I was tired, so I'd jump up off my stool and come straight at him. He'll stall. He'll act like he's going to punch and he'll stall you, then he'll get back on that bicycle.
"He's such a veteran and he knows every part of that ring. He knows every little small thing, so he doesn't have to work too hard. It's crazy, because it's almost like he cons his way out of every round."
It will be interesting to see Mayweather when he makes his return in 2020.
He announced last month that he'll be making some form of return to the ring.
Many have speculated that he could face former foe Manny Pacquiao or perhaps a UFC fighter.
Whoever he faces will be aware of the threat the 42-year-old provides.
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