Most observers and pundits, particularly those from the boxing world, believe the odds of Conor McGregor defeating Floyd Mayweather are extremely low. But, according to one man who faced the undefeated boxer, McGregor has the abilities to score an upset on August 26th.
That man is Andre Berto, who fought Mayweather back in 2015 and lost via unanimous decision. Well, recently Berto was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and the 33 year-old had this to say about McGregor’s chances against Mayweather (quote via MMA Fighting):
“For some reason under that pressure and under those lights and under that atmosphere, he knows how to rise to the occasion…,” Berto said while discussing McGregor.
“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.”
” …with his antics and he kind of gets Floyd into a mind-game situation, has him pulling some type of mistakes and [Mayweather] gets caught with a big shot and gets hurt. And [McGregor] could stop him.”
Now, Berto also went on to say that if Mayweather stays composed, sticks to his game plan, and looks to outbox McGregor, he could make the latter look “silly”. So, Berto believes either McGregor will catch Mayweather early, or the latter is going to likely walk away with it.
Others have shared this viewpoint leading up to the bout, sure, but it’s interesting to hear this from Berto, who not only faced Mayweather, but he holds a 31-5 record in boxing. So, unlike some other folks from the boxing world, Berto’s not saying McGregr has next to no shot at pulling off the upset.
Mayweather – McGregor will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.