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Andre Berto gave stunning, detailed insight into what it’s like to fight Floyd Mayweather and be outclassed by the 50-0 legend

Andre Berto gave stunning, detailed insight into what it’s like to fight Floyd Mayweather and be outclassed by the 50-0 legend

Floyd Mayweather had one fight left on his deal with US broadcaster Showtime after he beat Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound king delivered on his promise to win the richest bout in history and intended to select a less challenging foe for his final outing.

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Mayweather beat Andre Berto in the last serious boxing match of his illustrious career

He had just beaten Pacquiao, so fans could not complain too much

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He had just beaten Pacquiao, so fans could not complain too much

Step forward Andre Berto.

Berto had been a welterweight champion between 2008-2011, then suffered three defeats and was not viewed as a tough task for Mayweather.

It was a fight nobody was calling for, but after answering demands to face Pacquiao, Floyd did not care in the slightest.

In September 2015, Mayweather stepped into the ring with Berto and comfortably outboxed him for a wide unanimous decision win.

It proved to be his last serious boxing match as he retired at 49-0 and only returned afterwards to beat Conor McGregor and take exhibition bouts.

While the Berto fight was not memorable for many fans, it was a career-defining moment for the man himself, who has since spoken beautifully about what it was like to share the ring with one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Berto descried Mayweather as ‘elusive’

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Berto descried Mayweather as ‘elusive’

The pair exchanged words during the fight

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The pair exchanged words during the fight

“He’s very elusive,” Berto told FightHype in a famous interview, “Very, very elusive.

“Me being in there with him – I was just so surprised at his age just how alert he was. Very alert.

“He thinks defence first while all of us would think offence first.

“I was in great shape and I was just throwing, throwing, throwing.

“But he puts you in a place where he’s so defensive and elusive and you’re still punching and you keep swinging and you see him looking at you!

“He puts you in a place of, ‘Okay, if I keep swinging too much, I’mma hang myself out there to get hit.’

“Because he’s seeing, he’s seeing all this.”

Mayweather was so comfortable against Berto that he trash talked him while outboxing him

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Mayweather was so comfortable against Berto that he trash talked him while outboxing him

Berto continued: “He’s very smart at dictating the pace too.

“When I was in there with him, he manages his time.

“He looks up at the clock like four times during the round.

“He’ll move around, move around, look at the clock, move around, move around, look at the clock, grab you, tie you up, look at the clock.

“Pop, pop – he’ll hit you two or three times, just enough to win the round, and make his way up out of the round.

“Between every round I can see him trying to look – he’s looking to see if you’re breathing hard, see…

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