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Floyd Mayweather contemplating his next opponent
Manny Pacquiao knew after going to war against the bigger Antonio Margarito at a catchweight of 150, he wouldn't ever travel north of 147 again.
Likewise, Floyd Mayweather has been put through the fire at 154 pounds by Miguel Cotto and will not want to feel the flame again.
A dream match versus middleweight champ Sergio Martinez can be officially dismissed. This leaves Mayweather to mull over his sparse options at 147.
Golden Boy Promotions has a nice stock of young fighters facing each other to decide who the chosen young one will be to try to beat old Mayweather, but that fight is still at least a year away.
Pacquiao is the only logical choice for Mayweather's next and possibly last fight. Mayweather has talked retirement as if it's approaching fast.
December 8, 2012 will be the anniversary of the first time Mayweather retired after beating a good fighter.
That night in 2007, his opponent was Ricky Hatton, but the pressing question of Miguel Cotto was left unanswered at the time.
Now, as December 8 approaches again in seven months, Mayweather has the chance to face one more opponent and retire with a period at the end of his sentence.
That last unanswered question of Mayweather's storied career is Pacquiao.
Now more than ever, Mayweather and Pacquiao must come to terms to bring the people the fight they want to see.
If they do not, their legacies will be forever marked, and history won't be kind to their memories.