Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The tragedy impacted Berto on a professional level as well as a personal level. He immediately cancelled plans for a fight scheduled just two weeks after the earthquake with then-WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley. While Mosley was gracious and understanding about the cancellation, there’s little doubt that pulling out of the fight caused Berto’s career to take a step back. Berto lost an opportunity to unify the welterweight crown and make a name for himself against one of the top draws in the sport. Meanwhile, Mosley went on to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in one of the biggest fights of the year to date.
For a time, it appeared that Mosley’s one-sided loss to Mayweather Jr. on May 1 would end any chance for Berto to get a second chance at Mosley. Many people speculated that the 38-year-old Mosley was exposed as being “over the hill” in his lopsided defeat against Mayweather Jr. and that he would likely retire. However, Mosley is convinced that he still has what it takes to be a title contender and is apparently looking at options for fights later this fall.