QUOTE (Fitz @ Dec 2 2010, 02:39 AM)
I don't think Berto is owed one, but he is a title holder just like Pacquiao at 147, fighters should try and unify. By the way, off topic slightly, but how can you think that Toney should be getting a fight with Wlad, yet you don't think Berto should be getting a fight with Pacquiao?
I only brought it up, because your line reminded me of what I said about the Toney-Wlad fight, lol. I said something like: "He could fight Toney, but I think that is different to should"
I never said Berto should not be getting a fight with Pacquiao...I simply asked the question, why should he? If your answer is because he has a title and titles should be unified, then okay...cool...that's your answer. I'm just pointing out the fact that so many people perceive Andre Berto as being a more dangerous threat simply because he's younger, and yet, he's never even faced the caliber of opponent to prepare him for a moment like that. In my opinion, Andre Berto has yet to even step up his level of competition, so I'm not at all convinced that he's truly ready for the "main courses of the division." Instead of jumping from appetizers to main courses, he would be well advised to eat his salad first. Since his struggles with Collazo, there's been a steep decline in his level of competition and I just don't see him having what it takes to be competitive against Pacquiao. In fact, quite frankly, given that Berto is one of the smaller welterweights, I think Pacquiao might blitz him and stop his chinless ass early.
As for Toney, the whole reason why I preferred for him to fight Wlad as opposed to someone like Chisora...or him fighting Vitali as opposed to someone like Sosnowski...was because, in my opinion, James Toney offers a better challenge than guys who have NEVER fought on that type of stage before and I know Toney is not going to fold or succumb to the pressure of the moment. It's kind of the same reason why I think Mosley should get the fight against Pacquiao instead of Berto, who has NEVER fought an elite fighter on that type of stage before. I just think, as far as competitiveness is concerned, Toney would offer a better challenge...and the same can be said about Berto. I mean, who knows...I might be wrong about Berto...it's just hard to really know because he hasn't fought anyone of note yet...and when he has tried to step up his competition even just a little, he hasn't really looked all that spectacular, so there's nothing about Andre Berto that makes me believe he'll give a better effort than Mosley.
I guess my point is that, in boxing, experience gets ignored far too much in favor of youth, speed, power and athleticism. I mean, don't get me wrong, the last 4 are great, but if you don't have the experience to know how to use them, you're going to be at a SERIOUS disadvantage. In my opinion, that's the problem with boxing today. Far too many fighters are rushed into fights in hopes of getting the big payday. They don't spend the time molding their careers by getting the valuable experience you need in order to deal with adversity and know how to make adjustments when things aren't going your way. Jeff Lacy, Jermain Taylor, and Chris Arreola are PERFECT examples of what I mean. Should Andre Berto walk right into a fight with Pacquiao right now, in my opinion, based on what I've seen from him thus far, you'll be adding his name to that same list.
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