An interesting take on the situation from a man who knows Mayweather well…

Since being booked for August 26, Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor has consumed the fight game. Fans from boxing and MMA have debated heavily, and we’ve finally reached fight week.

This coming weekend at the T-Mobile Arena, Mayweather and McGregor will clash for the Las Vegas crowd. Everyone has voiced their opinion, from both sides of the fence, and the majority are choosing Mayweather.

Boxing is different from MMA, but that doesn’t get in the way of former world champion Andre Berto’s prediction. Having fought Mayweather, Berto knows the defensive genius of ‘Money’ all too well…

Andre Berto eats a left jab during his 2015 bout with Floyd Mayweather. Mandatory credit: Joe Camporeale USA Today Sports

Berto Says McGregor Can Finish Mayweather

“If this were to be an upset, it would definitely be a big blow to the boxing game, for sure,” Berto told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Definitely, definitely. It’s gonna be a big blow to Floyd’s legacy, as well. Just being undefeated and able to let some guy upset you and he’s an MMA fighter and he probably talks a little more shit than you talk. It’s gonna be tough for him to swallow if that happens.”

“I see Conor coming in there really showing that bravado, showing that cockiness and showing that he’s really there to fight,” Berto said. “And somewhat trying to steal the stage from Floyd just 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.

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“Or I see Floyd not playing into any of these antics and being who he is, to stay poised and to stay sharp and let his boxing skills just pick Conor apart. And either late rounds stop Conor just from the accumulation of shots or maybe cuts or just being beat up, or just outboxing him for 12 rounds and just trying to make him look silly.”

“It’s gonna be a real tough pill to swallow for the boxing game,” Berto said. “Especially for one of our top, top guys — probably one of the best in the game. That would be a tremendous pill to swallow. Of course, like I said, we’ve been going back and forth with the whole MMA thing for a long time. Boxing and MMA.”

Fighting is very different from boxing, leading to many believeing this will be a complete landslide for Mayweather. Today’s report might just nudge things in the other direction…

Results aside, many are predicting MayMac to be an epic flop. Even if Mayweather does win convincingly, is there really any pride to be taken in that victory. He’d surpass Rocky Marciano’s famed 49-0 record, but with an unranked pro debutante in his final bout?

Also, the legacy would disappear should ‘The Notorious’ score a massive upset. Much risk, and little benefit in terms of legacy. Then again, the $400 million-$100 million + PPV points speaks for itself.

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