Andre Berto, the Last Guy to Fight Floyd Mayweather, Thinks Conor McGregor Can Win (Video)
Not many boxing experts think Conor McGregor has even a remote chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in their upcoming superfight. The ones who do usually have pretty silly reasons.
Andre Berto thinks McGregor has a chance, though. And he’s not completely delusional.
Berto, of course, is the last guy to box Mayweather. The two squared off in September 2015, with Mayweather improving to 49-0 via unanimous decision. Berto thus understands as well as anyone what 2017 Floyd Mayweather is capable of, and he thinks McGregor’s confidence poses a very legitimate threat.
Here’s what Berto had to say recently to Ariel Helwani during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour:
“When it comes to Conor, I tell people: He’s a star. 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, for sure.
“I see Conor coming in there really showing that bravado, showing that cockiness and showing that he’s really there to fight. 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.”
It is important to note that Berto isn’t predicting McGregor will win. He also said he can easily see Mayweather winning:
“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.”
Like I said, Berto isn’t completely delusional. You can listen to his interview for yourself below:
Hat Tip – [MMA Fighting]