Berto: For Respect - Mayweather Has To Embarrass McGregor

By Ryan Burton

It was recently announced that UFC President Dana White had agreed to terms with Conor McGregor for how they would split their share of the revenue in a super fight against retired boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. According to White all that is left to negotiate is the revenue split with Mayweather's braintrust that includes Al Haymon. 

The former pound-for-pound king has been out of the ring since defeating Andre Berto via unanimous decision in September, 2015. Mayweather recently stated that he would only come out of retirement to face McGregor.

Many insiders and fans believe the fight will not be competitive because of McGregor's lack of experience inside the squared circle.


Berto feels that because of that the pressure will be on Mayweather and that simply winning the fight won't be enough.  He thinks that Mayweather has to dominate the fight from the the opening bell.

"If you are talking entertainment and something to watch - people will tune in for that - (because) maybe, what if McGregor catches him? For him to get any level of respect in this situation, Floyd is going to have to embarrass him. He needs to embarrass him," opined Berto.

As for what he thinks of the current version of Mayweather at 40 years old, Berto feels that while he doesn't have upper level power, he is still a very smart fighter.

"With Floyd saying he is the best ever - just like I told guys after the fight - if it is Sugar Ray Leonard or Muhammad Ali they are going to take you up out of there if you are not supposed to be in there with them. If you say you are the best you are going to show that and show that these guys shouldn't be in there with you. They are going to take you out," said Berto.

"Like I say, Floyd is just not that type of fighter at this age right now. He is sharp. I was surprised he was as reflexive as he was, as quick as he was at his age. Power wise you could just see his experience. He is very observant."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Kev- on 06-08-2017

Mayweather can win by TKO1-3 and fans won't care. Not even I would care. It proves nothing, it doesn't prove boxing is better than MMA, it doesn't improve Mayweather's resume. I have no issue with the fight, nor do I…

Comment by BoxHec on 06-08-2017

Originally Posted by BoxHec View Post I'm not a big fan of Floyd but I'm a big fan of boxing, so of course I want Floyd to punish any guy of other combat sports into a boxing ring, but I…

Comment by etech1 on 06-07-2017

[QUOTE=BoxHec;17742192]I'm not a big fan of Floyd but I'm a big fan of boxing, so of course I want Floyd to punish any guy of other combat sports into a boxing ring, but I don't think you are a real…

Comment by ox805er on 06-07-2017

it's because he's a leach and if you look at "his" big PPV fights.. all vs established draws, crowd pleasing, fan friendly fighters.. look at HIS PPV flops? vs essentially no draws..

Comment by !! Shawn on 06-07-2017

[QUOTE=bronx7;17741886]You can appreciate his genius his defense ring IQ And still find him the most boring cherry picking great fighter ever[/QUOTE] My problem with him, is that he is not the kind of defensive technical genius of a Rigondeaux where…

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