Catching Up With Andre Berto

Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm.

An exciting month of boxing action ends this Saturday on HBO with a trio of fights, including the undefeated Andre Berto.

The Haiti native takes on Freddy Hernandez but has his eyes set on a bigger opponent for early 2011 after HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg called out the quality of Berto’s opponents.

“Hopefully he’s right,” Berto said on Greenburg’s comments that he would be off HBO unless he fought a quality fighter. “That’s what I want. That’s something I have been barking for.”

Prior to stepping in the ring on Saturday, Berto chatted with BET.com about the recovery in Haiti and Manny Pacquiao.

BET.com: What challenges will Freddy Hernandez present in the ring?

Andre Berto: He’s a determined fighter. A tough Mexican fighter. He’s tall and has a good right hand. It’s definitely going to be something to look for.

What did you think about Bernard Hopkins comments towards Manny Pacquiao about not fighting black boxers?

I heard about it and when I thought about it, he [Manny] never really has fought or beat a black fighter. Then again, I don’t know. It’s kind of a touch subject. Manny Pacquiao is a good fighter either way it goes. He was basically just stating his opinion on it but I really don’t have too much to say on that. I would love to see it happen.

What did you take away from the Pacquiao-Margarito fight?

Mayweather has all the tools to beat him. I haven’t really seen Pacquiao fight a guy with as much speed as Mayweather and power. I don’t really know too many other fighters in the division that can really matchup with him like that but Floyd Mayweather or myself. I think he would definitely give him problems if he has someone in there just as fast and just as strong as him.

Your trainer said Floyd Mayweather would beat Pacquiao. Do you agree?

Mayweather has all the tools to beat him. I haven’t really seen Pacquiao fight a guy with as much speed as Mayweather and power. I don’t really know too many other fighters in the division that can really matchup with him like that but Floyd Mayweather or myself. I think he would definitely give him problems if he has someone in there just as fast and just as strong as him.

Would you like a shot at Pacquiao in 2011?

Yeah, definitely. Our focus is on Freddy Hernandez but I just want to fight the top come next year. I believe I’m ready and I believe I’m focused. That’s all I want to see. I want to see the Shane Mosley’s, the Cotto’s, the Pacquiao’s. I think it’s about time.

What did you think about Ross Greenburg’s comments about you fighting a big fight in 2011 or else you won’t be featured on HBO?

We are going to wait and see. Hopefully he’s right. That’s what I want. That’s something I have been barking for. I believe that a lot of the critics and a lot of the fans in general have been getting it misconstrued, thinking it’s about me not wanting to make these fights happen. Our team has been going to the table and trying to get these fights to go down. It’s not that easy.

We are approaching the 1-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. Is the country headed in the right direction?

There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. Haiti is now coming off the E. coli situation. They can’t catch a break right now but they still need tremendous help and tremendous aid. We are trying to get all the NGO’s involved in hopes of the country headed into a better direction.

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