Feature | Jul 15 2015

Why Andre Berto can do better against Floyd Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao

John Dennen speaks exclusively to Berto’s trainer Virgil Hunter about fighting Mayweather
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ANDRE BERTO is the favourite to fight Floyd Mayweather on September 12. Mayweather has begun his training camp, though not yet announced an opponent. Berto has been in the gym training diligently for the last five weeks and is ready to fight in September.

Berto would be major underdog against the pound-for-pound ruler . But, speaking exclusively to Boxing News, Berto’s trainer Virgil Hunter explained why he thought Andre could do a better job against Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao did in May.

“I think so. I always said the fight with Pacquiao was never going to be difficult because he never reinvented himself. At 35, 36 he’s still fighting a high energy style, he never reinvented himself. Yeah he’s got fast feet but they’re not educated feet. He can only bounce in and out on guys for so long. At some point you have to learn how to minimize your steps and be able to economise your style, when to pick it up and when not to pick it up. I think from the knockout [which Pacquiao suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez], when Mayweather’s right hands started landing, I think in the back of his mind he didn’t want to walk into nothing because he found out real quick, if he got careless, Mayweather can knock you out. I think that had a lot to do with it too,” Hunter said.