Shawn Porter talks Mayweather vs. Berto and responds to Danny Garcia’s comments

Shawn Porter speaking inside Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas during the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Aug. 8, the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame was held.

As is always the case with any NVBHOF ceremony, there was a wide array of boxing luminaries in the building.

During the pre-festivities, we caught up with former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter.

It was a little under a year ago when Porter relinquished his title in a hard-fought points loss to UK upstart Kell Brook, but he has since rebounded nicely with a pair of victories, most notably his June 20 unanimous decision over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas.

Porter’s name is again buzzing and he has made it clear that he is open to facing the likes of Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, and of course Floyd Mayweather.

Mayweather is lined up with a Sep. 12 date against Andre Berto and Porter sees no reason not to give the five-division champion the edge.

“You’ve got to pick Mayweather,” Porter stated. “I think we’ve seen Andre Berto as of recent and he’s not who he was a few years ago.”

Asked what he brings to the table that Mayweather hasn’t seen, Porter was quick to comment.

“I just think I have a talent and skill set that’s unparalleled, unmatched,” Porter explained. “I think if you acomodate that with my work ethic, we’d just come in with a game plan and it would take care of itself.”

Earlier this month, former junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia overpowered Paulie Malignaggi for a 9th round stoppage in Brooklyn. Garcia is a full-fledged welterweight now and he has stated that Porter’s style is tailor-made for him.

In response, Porter feels the opposite.

“He’s tailor-made for me,” said Porter.


Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com

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