His name has been on the HBO boxing radar for a long time. Hot shot power puncher who was deemed to wreck havoc on the welterweight division.
His resume included seven first round knockouts, four that did last past three rounds and at the tender age of 25 he captured his first world title with a 7th round TKO over Miguel Angel Rodriguez in June 2008.
This week Berto returns to action to defend his WBC crown against Luis Collazo on HBO. Collazo is 29-3 with just 14 knockouts, but lasted 12 rounds with Sugar Shane Mosley.
Berto is 23-0 with 19 knockouts, but his last fight against feather hitting Steve Forbes left many wondering if Berto has the desire to be great in a division that his loaded with talented fighters.
Against Forbes he didn't look much better than Oscar de la Hoya and we all know what happened to the Golden Boy in his next fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Good thing for Berto that he is not facing Pacquiao, but instead a veteran fighter who lacks the essential power to seriously hurt him.
Berto is managed by Al Haymon and promoted by Lou Dibella who have both done a masterful job of getting him to this point, but in order for him to stay here he will have to put the work in himself.
Berto is not a Mosley who lives to train and trains to live. I question if he has the work ethic or desire of Antonio Margarito or youngster Devon Alexander.
I do know that he has the talent, but at that has he fought as good as he can and is there any more upside left to him?
Has Berto been a product of smart match making?
Collazo will not go far in determining if that is true or not, but it will be a good gauge to measure what sort of goods he rally has.
Personally, I like Berto but just when I think he is going to have a monster performance he disappoints. He regress and seems to do just enough to win a fight.
Is he good? For sure! But does he want to be great?
Meanwhile if you haven't already got your tickets for Mosley/Margarito I encourage you to do so and fast.
The tickets which were moderately price at $300 for ringside and as little as $25 for the upper bowl have been moving at a brisk pace and the fight is almost a sure bet to be a sellout at Staples Center Jan. 24.
Got word this week that Bernard Hopkins has signed a contract to be an analyst for ESPN weekly fights.
I'm not sure that this means that B-Hop is finished, but look at fighters whom become analyst for networks and you be the judge. Roy Jones Jr. came back made history and then went belly-up.
Lennox Lewis has stayed retired and now B-Hop?