No official announcement has been made regarding Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next ring opponent. However, one report claims the undefeated American has placed Andre Berto on the list of probable challengers.
Berto reacted to the rumors, saying he’s prepared to face the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world if they do meet in the ring later this year. “I am happy to be in the running for this fight and am definitely up for the challenge. I know it will be a great fight if it happens,” Berto said in a statement, as reported by boxingscene.com.
Berto, who is also handled by Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon, joins a long list of fighters who wants a shot at Mayweather. Others in the running include Amir Khan, Canelo Alvarez, Timothy Bradley, Keith Thurman and Kell Brook.
A Mayweather rematch with Manny Pacquiao remains a possibility too, but the Filipino legend is out of commission for the next few months as he recovers from shoulder surgery. The injury reportedly preceded the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on May 2, and was cited as a factor in Pacquiao's defeat by decision.
Mayweather (48-0-0, 26 knockouts) previously stated that his forthcoming September fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas will most likely be his last.
Berto (30-3-0, 23 knockouts), who is from Winter Haven, Florida, is coming off a sixth-round technical knockout victory over Josesito Lopez in March. He downed the American twice in Round 6 on his way to the interim World Boxing Association welterweight title.