Right after Haitian-American boxer Andre Berto won via an eighth round KO over Carlos Quintana of Puerto Rico Saturday night in Florida, the undefeated boxer's promoter Lou DiBella called on Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao for fight when ever he wants to.
"The kid went through hell with what happened," DiBella said. "You gotta give the kid some credit. He really sucked it up. He was fully trained to fight Shane and then he went through a personal tragedy and then came back for this fight. I thought he showed a lot of character."
"Now we want Manny Pacquiao. Whenever Manny wants to fight us, we are ready." The undefeated Haitian-American boxer was originally scheduled to face Shane Mosley early in the year but opted not to push through with the fight when his native country Haiti was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that flattened its capital city Port au Prince, causing death and injuries to thousands of people, including some members of his family.
Contrary to his promoter's claim that he appeared rusty during the fight, Berto who improved to 26-0 with 20 wins inside the distance, shrugged off a slow start Saturday and pounded Puerto Rico's Quintana from the third round, punishing him in the eighth with a series of big rights.
"My knockout was pretty vicious," Berto said. "It may open up their eyes a little bit. But then again they have to look at I've been off for a long time so it's only going get better from here."
After coming back from an 11-month layoff of his career, during which he went to Haiti to assist in relief efforts, the 26-year-old Berto is now looking toward possible high-profile opponents such as Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao, Mosley or Floyd Mayweather.
After coming back from an 11-month layoff of his career, during which he went to Haiti to assist in relief efforts, the 26-year-old Berto is now looking toward possible high-profile opponents such as Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao, Mosley or Floyd Mayweather. Meanwhile, popular Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is now busy campaigning for a congressional seat in his southern Philippines province of Sarangani for the upcoming May 10 national elections.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum says he is working on a Pacquiao -Margarito fight later in the year if Floyd Mayweather, jr is defeated by Shane Mosley in their May 1 encounter in Las Vegas.
He said if Mosley wins he may not be able to face Pacquiao because of a possible restriction in their contract which would call for a mandatory rematch. This leaves Pacquiao with few choices for his next fight which include, Juan Manuel Marquez and Edwin Valero of Venezuela and now Margarito and Andre Berto.
(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )