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Berto also said he’s “being more careful” in his preparations for this fight, watching his diet and his associations under the guidance of Al Haymon, the ingenious dealmaker behind Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s career. Berto moved his training camp back home to Florida after working and living in Los Angeles in recent years, saying it’s easier to get away from distractions in the Miami area than in Hollywood.

Berto has been in training for weeks without knowing the identity of his next opponent. He considered moving up to 154 pounds to fight IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage, but when Guerrero couldn’t land a fight with Timothy Bradley Jr., Golden Boy put Berto and Guerrero together.

Berto sparred 12 rounds just a few days ago, saying he’s “in ridiculous shape” and ready to take out his frustrations on the welterweight division.

“You learn a tremendous amount, about myself, about the people around me, and just about this business,” Berto said. “You get to a point that sometimes, just being in the spotlight is great, but certain things happen, it can really take you to a dark place. I’ve been blessed enough just to work my way out of it, and I’m excited, I’m happy to be back in front of the fans and give them what they want to see.”