Andre Berto relishing shot at undefeated Floyd Mayweather
Last Updated: 04/09/15 9:00am
Andre Berto says he is a man "on a mission" as he bids to end Floyd Mayweather's perfect record.
The 31-year-old (30-3-KO23) takes on his fellow American at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, in what Mayweather has said will be the final fight of his illustrious 19-year professional career.
If Mayweather (48-0-KO26)overcomes Berto in Las Vegas, he will equal boxing legend and former heavyweight world champion Rocky Marciano's record of 49-0. But Berto insists he has the ability to cause the undefeated Mayweather problems and claims he has never been fitter heading into the fight.
"I've had a tremendous training camp, a long camp but a tremendous camp," the twice former welterweight world champion said.
"I've never run harder. I'm definitely in the best shape that I've ever been in.
"I've worked with a lot of different sparring partners. Floyd is a very knowledgeable fighter and if it's cutting the ring off or even if it's fighting in the middle of the ring, you just have to be ready for anything, but I think I bring a combination of speed and power to the table. I think I have a better athletic ability. I can keep up with Floyd."
Berto has lost three of his last six fights and is viewed by some as an easy opponent for their welterweight clash. The Californian-born Berto suffered defeats to Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero - two men Mayweather has already defeated - and Jesus Soto Karass.
Despite this, Berto is relishing the opportunity to face Mayweather and is convinced a victory for himself would be a monumental moment in boxing.
"It would be something huge, not just for me but for the sport," Berto added, when asked how much value he would place on a surprise victory over Mayweather.
"Floyd has been an icon for quite some time now and he's on his way to try to match a record. So for me, being the gym-hungry fighter coming in to take that away from him, that would be huge."
Mayweather, who improved to 48-0 by beating Manny Pacquiao in May in the richest bout in boxing, is known for his trash talking and his flamboyant approach to life outside the ring.
Berto, however, prefers to leave all the hype to others while preparing for fights.
"I don't get caught up in all that," he said. "I don't get caught up in all the hoopla. I don't want to get caught up and caught off guard. I'm on a mission."