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."

Send questions or comments to [email protected] You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter

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…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (43)
Top Headlines Canelo-Golovkin - No Robbery, Embrace The Fight For What It Is George Groves Warns Smith: I'm in The Form of My Life Saul Rodriguez To Return on Berchelt-Roman ESPN+ Card Photo: Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington - Face To Face at Presser Canelo-GGG Rematch Earned Less $$$ From Tickets Than 1st Fight Claressa Shields-Christina Hammer Set For 11/17 In Atlantic City Wilder's Team Have 'No Desire' For New Meeting on Joshua Deal Matchroom Inks Eight Year Content Deal With DAZN Canada Lomachenko vs. Pedraza Official For December 8, MSG Theater Angel Acosta vs. Abraham Rodriguez Tops Golden Boy Card News: Zhang Zhilei, Junior Younan, Kai Robin Havnaa, More Billy Joe Saunders Hit With £100,000 Fine By The BBBoC Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme To Have WBC Silver at Stake Cunningham: I'll Resurrect Lubin, Guarantee He Will Rule at 154 Hearn: If Fury Beats Wilder, Rematch Will Prevent Joshua-Fury WBC Prez on Porter-Spence Unification, Thurman's Direct Shot Tony Bellew: I Know I'll Find A Way To Beat Usyk; I Always Do JJ McDonagh Blasts Eubanks as "Fakes" Nicola Adams Aims To Blast Out Millan For WBO Crown Usyk: One Reason We Agreed To Face Bellew - Is To Get Joshua! Michael Conlan: Vladimir Nikitin Will Be My First Step Up Golovkin's Coach Doubts Age Will Be a Factor in Canelo Trilogy Brian Rose Vows To Make His Comeback in Top Form Incessant Sanctioning Silliness Prompts Alternative Crusade Canelo Has No Issue Working Out New Deal With HBO Anthony Joshua: Dillian Whyte Deserves it More Than Tyson Fury Gamboa Views Juanma as Springboard To Lomachenko Fight Anthony Joshua Asks Tyson Fury: Why Am I a Sh*thouse? Alantez Fox Picks Up Return Win, Beats Elvin Ayala Canelo Alvarez Receives Medical Clearance For December Fight Crolla: If I Win, A Good Chance The Lomachenko Fights Happens Bellew: If I Don't Stop After This, My Wife Will Divorce Me! Espinoza: Showtime Not Going Anywhere; Spending More $$$ In 2019 Salvador Briseno Inks Promotional With All Star Boxing News: Zuhayr Al-Qahtani, Ward, McCullough, Doyle, Egbunike Tony Bellew: Usyk is a Monster – But I Can Knock Him Out! Joshua's Promoter: The Sole Focus, 100%, is Wilder Fight in April Usyk-Bellew Card: Cordina-Cardle, Crolla-Yordan, Walsh-Lowe II Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Presser Groves: We Are Supremely Confident of Beating Callum Smith

Latest Active Forum Threads