News | Jul 13 2015

If Floyd Mayweather calls, Andre Berto will be ready

Berto is deep into training, Virgil Hunter tells John Dennen
Floyd Mayweather
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THE world is waiting to find out who Floyd Mayweather’s final opponent will be on September 12. But the odds are that Virgil Hunter will find himself in the opposite corner. One moment Amir Khan, whom Hunter trains, was the favourite to get the Mayweather fight, now Floyd’s next opponent could come in the unlikely form of Andre Berto, a man Virgil also coaches.

Hunter is remaining philosophical until the fight is signed. “For me personally, until it’s a go, it’s the same thing as usual. I never get out of shape about it, or look forward to it. Just take it a day at a time,” Virgil told Boxing News. “I’ve been through all this before. I can’t let it lean one way or another on me. Because I have other matters, other fighters to take care of. If it happens then we’ll prepare. Until it happens, it’s just talk, like it always is in boxing.”

Amir Khan has missed out the chance to fight Mayweather before. “It was frustrating to him. Of course, he wanted the fight. But I’m sure he’s accustomed to it by now, he should be. So who knows, who really knows?” Hunter mused.