What’s Next: Floyd Mayweather

By: Danny Richardson

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Earlier this month, pound for pound king Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, was released from prison after completing an 87 day sentence for domestic abuse. The self-proclaimed ‘Pretty Boy’ was rumoured to be struggling with life on the inside, but upon release on August 3rd, the multi weight world champion looked in great shape and rumours about retirement proved false. Since his release, there have been questions over who Mayweather will face next, with potential opponents including Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto and the usual suspect, Manny Pacquiao.

Although it’s still the fight we all want to see, a showdown with the Pac Man looks no closer to being materialised. Should Mayweather return to the ring before the year is out, it’s unlikely to be against Pacquiao, with Manny rumoured to be back early December against a TBA opponent. Unless promoter Bob Arum see’s the light, don’t expect a Christmas cracker between the two.

So, who will be next for the unbeaten 35 year old? At this point, it’s difficult to say. Everyone has an opinion on who Mayweather should face, with the likes of Saul Alvarez, Amir Khan and Andre Berto in with a shout. Timothy Bradley, who controversially conquered Manny Pacquiao in June, has also been mentioned as a possible opponent for Mayweather, but we are no closer to discovering who Floyd Jr will be facing next.

To be frank, it’s totally up to the man himself. He’s the PPV king, so whoever he decides to face, the fight will sell and money will be made. After beating Miguel Cotto in May, in what was probably the most entertaining fight of Mayweather’s career, the boxing world will once again want to tune in to witness his greatness. Whoever he chooses to face, it’s a fight that fight fans will get excited about.

Personally, I would like to see Mayweather face an unbeaten prospect, and a fight with Canelo Alvarez would fit the bill. Alvarez is due to face Josesito Lopez in September, and should he come through the fight unscathed, a bout with Mayweather would likely take place late this year. The light middleweight world champion would be a good test for Mayweather, he’s young, hungry and rated as a future pound for pound king, so a Mayweather victory would assert his authority in the P4P rankings.

However, I don’t see Mayweather taking what would be a tough fight with Alvarez. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Floyd is ducking Canelo, I just feel after the Cotto test, he’ll be looking for an easier fight before stepping it up again. If that’s the case, I feel the most likely opponent is Robert Guerrero.

Guerrero was rumoured to be in the frame for Mayweather’s May 5th date, but missed out to Miguel Cotto. However he’s still calling for a fight with Money May, and that could be all the motivation Mayweather needs to shut Guerrero up. He’s a tough fighter with some good wins over the likes of Michael Katsidis and Vincente Escobedo, and has only been beaten once, a split decision defeat back in 2005. He has 18 KO victories from 30 wins, but is without his last 4 fights have gone the distance. He’s a tough opponent, but he isn’t on the same level as Mayweather, who would look to win in style, and it’s a fight I can see happening.

There is talk of a Cotto rematch, and after their first encounter, fans will pay to see it again. However it could only end the same way in my opinion, plus Cotto is rumoured to be in line for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, so a return with Mayweather is less likely at this point. Andre Berto has only just got his licence back after failing a drugs test, so won’t want to face Mayweather so soon, and Amir Khan isn’t the name Mayweather needs. Coming off a 4th round TKO loss to Danny Garcia, Mayweather won’t achieve anything by whooping Khan at this stage, so that’s probably one for the future.

The other option is Timothy Bradley, who is still without an opponent for his ring return, after controversially beating Manny Pacquiao in June. It’s looking likely that Pacquiao won’t take the Bradley rematch, so a fight between Mayweather and ‘Desert Storm’ could happen at some stage. If Mayweather could beat Bradley and deal with him easier than Pacquiao did, then it would send out a message to the Pac Man. A unification clash between the pair would be a huge fight, but I don’t know whether Bradley will go there just yet. He’s just beaten Pacquiao, so will probably look to a couple of defences before mixing it with Mayweather.

This is just my opinion however, so don’t be surprised if we see Mayweather in with any of the above. Some are more likely than others, but down the line, all are possibilities. One thing is for sure, whoever Mayweather decides to face, we’ll all be tuning in to see the return of the P4P King.

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