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Berto needs to be perfect to stand a chance

Photo: Idris Erba/ Mayweather Promotions

Photo: Idris Erba/ Mayweather Promotions

There is somebody in the boxing world who does not want Floyd Mayweather to notch victory No. 49.

Although there may be others, perhaps non-supporters of the No. 1 boxer in the world, that also do not want to see the Las Vegas resident win on September 12, this particular person can actually do something about it.

This person is Mayweather’s opponent, Andre Berto.

The fighter held court with media in Los Angeles last Saturday for an open-workout, and seems to be confident heading into the Showtime pay-per-view televised bout from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

While most see this as a chip shot for Mayweather, who is coming off his record shattering decision win over Manny Pacquiao on May 5, for one to take Berto serious, the former titleholder must have all his I’s dotted and T’s crossed, much like Mayweather does for every bout.

“From an energy aspect I feel great. It’s my first time in a while coming into a fight with no injuries. This is the healthiest I’ve been since I can remember,” said Berto.

Health? Check, so there can be no excuses on September 13 from a physical standpoint.

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

“We worked on a lot of different things at camp. I have the speed to keep up with him. I have more power.”

Okay, so Berto believes he brings the same miles per hour (good thing Berto is not challenging Mayweather to a car race as the undefeated fighter recently purchased a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita for just under $5 million with a top speed of over 200 mph) to the canvas as Mayweather, and is heavier handed.

Being the heavier handed boxer may be correct, as Mayweather’s Sunday best punches are known to be more flush than concussive.

“The thing with Floyd is, most guys he fights aren’t as athletic as he is. But I am.

“If you come at Floyd fast but don’t have a plan and don’t have good footwork, it’s too easy for him. If you have a guy that’s as athletic as him, it gives him problems.”

With the physical aspect set and ready to roll, how is Berto mentally with one week and change left until fight night?

“It’s a different mindset. Coming from where I come from, we always had to defeat the odds. We didn’t have what other people had. We had to work twice as hard for everything. To be noticed to be seen. Even back then it drove me to be the best that I can be. I wanted everyone to know I was somebody you had to watch.”

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