Floyd Mayweather defends decision to face Andre Berto over Amir Khan

first_imgFloyd Mayweather says Andre Berto will be “no pushover” and has defended his decision not to face British welterweight Amir Khan.Mayweather (48-0-KO26) faces his fellow American at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday and has vowed to call time on his outstanding 19-year professional career following their bout in Las Vegas.The unbeaten 38-year-old, who has held world titles in five separate weight divisions, has faced criticism for choosing to face Berto (30-3-KO23) in his final fight.IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook accused Mayweather of “playing it safe”, while Khan has continually spoken of his frustration at being overlooked for a clash with the American. Brook and his fellow Brit Khan were among the candidates touted as potential opponents for Mayweather following his unanimous points decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in May.Mayweather, however, has defended his choice of opponent and even claimed there is no difference between the credentials of Berto and Khan.  “Berto is not a pushover, but no matter who I chose, the media was going to have something to say. The critics were going to have something to say. He’s no different from Amir Khan,” he said. “Amir Khan has three losses and Berto has three losses. He’s a two-time world champion just like Amir Khan. Virgil Hunter (Berto’s trainer) is a remarkable trainer and he’s done remarkable things with Andre Ward’s career. “I know what it takes to win a fight of this magnitude. So no matter what anyone says, it comes down to the two competitors and I know what I can do. One thing I can do is fight.”If Mayweather overcomes Berto (right, pictured), he will equal former heavyweight world champion Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0.  But Mayweather insists there is no chance of complacency creeping into his psyche as he prepares for his boxing curtain call.  “19 years, and I reflect back on my career. I can’t just say I’m going out 49-0, as you can never overlook anyone,” he added. “Did I push myself in this camp? Absolutely. All 48 fights played a major key. It’s not just the intelligence, it’s the sharp mind, it’s the good chin and it’s the tremendous heart. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

US$200K Bridge Dedicated in Duo Tiahyee

first_imgDuring a recent tour of Nimba County, northern Liberia, Vice President Joseph Boakai dedicated a bridge connecting over 24 towns and villages in Duo Tiahyee, Nimba County Electoral District #2. The bridge, according to the residents, was reconstructed at the cost of about US$200,000.The brain behind the construction of the project, Representative Prince O. Tokpa, said the bridge was destroyed during the administration of former President Charles Taylor.During the dedicatory ceremony, the Daily Observer learned that due to the important link the damaged bridge served, residents requested Rep. Tokpa to help reconstruct the facility, which he implemented in collaboration with the office of the Vice President and other prominent citizens.Tokpa explained that when the bridge was in a deplorable condition, it deprived many of the citizens of access to health, education, and smooth transaction of businesses.He said the completion and subsequent dedication of the bridge has brought relief to the citizens of that part of Nimba County.“We thank God first and  through  me and the citizens of Duo Tiahyee along with our  friends who ensured the successful completion of this bridge in two months so that our people can move freely,  carry on their economic development as well as create a learning environment for our children,” Rep. Tokpa told the gathering.Vice President Boakai lauded the efforts of the citizens and local officials of government who contributed to the reconstruction of the bridge.He said that their collective and individual contributions to complete the project was a sign of things to come when real development programs start to flow.VP Boakai urged the women to join their male counterparts to undertake projects that will bring development to their county.He also dedicated several other projects while in Nimba County including the Chief’s Compound in Karnplay, a 14-bedroom Weato Memorial Health Center in Bayleglay, and a school built by the Liberia Legislative Support Project in District #8.Several citizens appreciated the Vice President for his endless contributions to peace and for helping to develop the country.They also requested the Unity Party standard bearer, if elected, to prioritize roads and agriculture among his foremost priorities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more