Andre Berto frustrated by Garcia talks
Andre Berto is close to moving on from his proposed fight with Danny Garcia if talks don’t pick up soon. The former welterweight titleholder was in Manhattan on Tuesday for buddy Andre Ward’s press conference with Sergey Kovalev and seemed frustrated at the slow pace of negotiations for their fight, which had been discussed for Oct. 15 at Staples Center.
“I haven’t been hearing too much of nothing, man,” Berto said in his relaxed, Florida drawl. “I know they’ve been working on it to get the Oct. 15 date. Something happened and that it might be getting pushed back. But I’m a point right now — like I told my team, ‘Listen, if you can make it happen, make it happen. But if not, let’s keep it moving.’ I don’t know what Danny has going on. I don’t know if they’re just dragging their feet on their end because I want to get busy.”
Berto (31-4, 24 knockouts) was asked of a rumor that John Molina Jr. is now being considered as a possible opponent for Garcia’s in the fall. Berto wasn’t aware of such speculation. “If that’s the case- that’s crazy,” he said. “But I haven’t heard anything like that so whatever the case may be I’m not sure. There are lot of different (rumors), just like everyone said the fight was done and was going to be at the Barclays Center. It’s a lot of different talks so you can’t just believe everything you hear.”
If Garcia does decide to take on Molina, who resurrected his career with an upset win against Ruslan Provodnikov in June, Berto would perceive it as Garcia ducking a dangerous opponent. “He wants to take the route that everybody continues to criticize him for,” Berto said of the perception Garcia has faced less than dangerous opposition in recent fights.
Berto has been in the gym, training as if he has a fight coming up. At the same time, he doesn’t consider himself an opponent and refuses to take a fight on short notice, which is why he doesn’t want to be told at the last moment he’s fighting Garcia. “I’m not one of those guys where they give me six weeks notice, five weeks notice,” he said. “Everything has to be done and handled professionally and it always has been for me.”