Andre Berto was the last boxer to fall to Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he announced his retirement in September 2015. Mayweather has since famously reinstated for his Aug. 26 match against Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Berto went all 12 rounds against Mayweather, losing by unanimous decision. While McGregor has certainly received his fair share of criticism before the fight, as it will be his first professional boxing match, Berto was not so fast to write off the reigning UFC lightweight champion.
“When it comes to Conor, I tell people: He’s a star,” Berto said on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani Monday. “For some reason under that pressure and under those lights and under that atmosphere, he knows how to rise to the occasion. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, he’s one of those special guys that really can thrive in these types of environments, man.
“I just don’t put too much past him. I’ve been able to see and able to go to a few of this fights and really see how he really soaks up that atmosphere and he gets energy from it, where a lot of people really break down or it allows them to fold. He gets energy from that and he knows how to thrive. If it was a guy in the UFC or MMA that can do it, I believe he would be the one, for sure.”
Berto, 33, is a two-time former welterweight world champion and owns a career 31-5 boxing record. He went on to say that he could see several scenarios that ended with McGregor winning, including by a knockout. He also added that he sees a scenario in which Mayweather stays with his strategy while letting his boxing skills take over and not falling for McGregor’s “antics.”