Andre Berto-Shane Mosley: Berto Calls Off Fight; Mayweather-Mosley In May?

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  (L-R) Shane Mosely and Andre Berto pose after their news conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mosley and Berto announced today they will meet in the ring on January 30, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Bryant MaxwellCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2010

The highly anticipated battle between Andre Berto and Shane Mosley has been canceled. Reasons stem from the recent disaster in Haiti and Berto's family has been struck with death and homelessness. Berto is mentally drained and weakened by the circumstances and it would be smart not to go into one of the biggest fights of his career in this mental of state.

Berto released a statement.

"Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood.

"I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word, was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi and her daughter, Jessica survived, but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents’ eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home.

"As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30.

"Throughout the past six days, I have received an incredible outpouring of support, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers for the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will continue to keep the Haitian people in their thoughts and prayers as we work to rebuild this proud nation. The rebuilding of Haiti is not something that will happen overnight, but I am fully dedicated to helping the Haitian people recover from this catastrophic event."

Let's just all hope for the best for Berto and his family.

As for other news in boxing, sources say a Mayweather-Mosley is on the horizon. If this goes through for the rumored May 1 date, Mayweather has silenced his critics.

Bryant Maxwell can be reached at maxwritings@gmail.com

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