Richard Schaefer: ‘Berto Is Going To Push Floyd’

Richard Schaefer believes that Floyd Mayweather’s fight against Andre Berto on Saturday night is going to be interesting, compelling and worth watching.

Scott Ferrall can’t believe that.

“Well, let me tell you one thing,” Schaefer, the former CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I think we respect each other. I love you, I love your show, I think you’re the best in the business as well. This is a fighter, for us who are watching boxing today, this is our Ali. He fought everybody and he beat everybody. Now he is doing his final fight. Whether it is or not, the fact is, he announced his retirement. This is it. Let’s celebrate this fighter’s career. Who cares who he fights? Who cares who he fights? But the guy who he’s fighting is one of the most exciting fighters – and this guy is going to come to fight. This guy keeps coming and coming and never gives up. This guy’s going to push Floyd, is going to give him a fight. I think Floyd is going to win, yes, but it’s going to be one of the most exciting Mayweather fights we have seen.”

Schaefer also loves the undercard, which includes Jhonny Gonzalez versus Jonathan Oquendo, Badou Jack versus George Groves – “This guy is unbelievable, George Groves is never in a boring fight,” Schafer said – and Roman Martinez versus Orlando Salido.

“Top to bottom, that Pay Per View card is maybe the most exciting Pay Per View card for a Mayweather fight,” Schaefer said. “What this is, it’s not high stakes. It’s entertainment. It’s entertainment. It’s about celebrating one of the best athletes – not just boxers, but athletes – of our generation (and) his career. That’s what (Saturday) is about.”

While Ferrall doesn’t believe a word Mayweather says about this being his final fight, Saturday will still be an emotional day for Schaefer, who has become great friends with Mayweather over the years.

“Floyd is the most loyal guy I have met,” Schaefer said. “He is just a great, great person. You see that Money Team and that flash lifestyle, but there’s a different Floyd. Floyd is one of the most sensitive guys I have met, one of the best friends. Very much family-oriented. Man, I really would go through the fire for this guy, and I know he would do the same. He’s a terrific guy, and I think boxing is really only going to realize once he’s no longer active that we don’t have anyone like him.”

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