On Saturday night Berto laid to rest a five-year in the ring feud against Victor Ortiz.
After overcoming a flash knockdown in the second round, Berto fought through adversity, regained his composure, and connected with back-to-back thudding blows that sent Ortiz to the canvas, never to rise until it was time for the winner’s announcement.
While the Stub Hub roared with boos from the largely pro-Ortiz crowd as Berto basked in his win, WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia looked on from the commentators desk as ‘just an observer‘ and retired pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather was in Washington DC making suggestive comments that he’s been in talks with CBS/Showtime about a possible 9-figure return to the sport.
With the win, does Berto now have Danny Garcia to look forward to before year end? Garcia, who was last in the ring with Robert Guerrero, has been fighting twice a year since 2013 and needs a dance partner before year end. Not to mention a signature win places him firmly at the front of the line for a PPV super fight should Mayweather accept CBS/Showtimes reported 9-figure offer to return. Garcia has expressed an interest in unifying the welterweight titles currently held by Thurman (WBA), Brook (IBF), and Vargas (WBO), but the upcoming Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter happens in late June so the turn around to jump into another big fight before year-end appears to be too close to cut and the possibility of a fight with Kell Brook could be derailed by a show down with young gun Errol Spence Jr.
Vargas, of course, is signed to Top Rank and relations between the two entities have been less than amicable in recent months.
All of this is subject to discussion since Garcia would have to defeat Berto to enter into the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes. But an informal poll of oddsmakers favor Garcia as the victor in that bout.