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article imageOp-Ed: Boxing - Andre Berto, WBC welterweight champion, needs to fight

By William Charles Baker     Jan 5, 2011 in Sports
Here we have a young, fast world champion that can’t get the big fight. Nobody is taking away anything from the current champions. Bless them but what about this man that is waiting to make his mark.
The WBC welterweight champion of the world, like Floyd Mayweather Jr is undefeated. Like Floyd he has fast hands, skills and a fighting heart. Unlike Floyd he is ready and willing to fight now. Not burdened with domestic problems and young enough to give the old pros a go everybody is looking the other way. He is ready to start the press rolling with events leading up to a fight and not the endless crap about why a fight can’t happen.
Of Haitian descent from Winter Haven Florida, Andre Berto represented Haiti in the 2004 summer Olympics and while not winning the gold medal came away with experience. Now as a professional his credentials are impeccable and except for a suspect chin which cannot be verified without a big fight he remains filler for news. Everybody would be surprised if a fight really happened with Mayweather or Pacquiao. He may be ready for neither one but he looks a lot like another sugar we used to know. The Shane Mosley that was ready to fight from the first bell not the one that will face Manny Pacquiao later in the year.
The DigitalJournal reports: “Opinion The Ghost of Sugar Shane Mosley”.
The anticipated bout with Shane Mosley that fell by the wayside in 2010 because of the earthquake in Haiti was more of a display of the character of the man that put his people and his native land before the dollar. What a mistake was recently made with all the nationalistic pride now in evidence over Manny Pacquiao that he didn’t fight Berto. If might have come down to Haiti against the Philippines. This is boxing on the big stage where it belongs.
So why duck Andre Berto? Well, his 27-0, with 21 KO’s to start with, various amateur titles to numerous to mention. He is so fast that as Satchel Paige the famous pitcher from the Negro leagues used to say about a friend and player he could throw the light switch and get in the bed before the room got dark. Having watched Berto against Carlos Quintana, a southpaw that gave him some trouble, his speed was just too much for Quintana and he retained his WBC belt. If Berto hits you the room will get dark for real before the canvas comes up.
Obviously his fights were not in the top echelon of pay per view which accounts for most of the match making today but the greatest fear is if Berto wins it will derail the money train now moving swiftly to the Mayweather Pacquiao showdown. If he gets in the way of the rotating sewing circle of guys at welterweight and slightly above everybody will lose out on the money pot. Please don’t forget that like anything else in the game the endless lead up to the big one is cash for everybody. Somebody please fight Andre Berto and save the sport from itself.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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