Floyd Mayweather: Top Potential Opponents for Mayweather Beyond Pacquiao

Kevin HolzContributor IMay 7, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Miguel Cotto (L) hits Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the ninth round of their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Now that the Miguel Cotto match and inevitable victory is behind Floyd Mayweather, he needs to start looking for his next opponent, book the match, and get HBO to follow him again for its excellent 24/7 program.

Correction: He needs to serve an 87 day jail sentence starting June 1, then he cant start looking for his next opponent.

Of course every fan of boxing would love to see a Mayweather and Pacquaio fight but if history is any indication that just will not be happening.  When the dust settles on Mayweather and Pacquiao's annual tip-toe around a potential fight, there will still be a few qualified candidates that will draw casual fans to buying a PPV.



Andre Ward

An easy sell on in-ring credentials but a tough sell on name recognition.  The 28-year-old won the gold medal in 2004 with an impressive record to boot.  In the professional ranks, Ward is 25-0 with 13 KOs and won Ring Magazine's Fighter of the Year in 2011.

He is a bigger than Mayweather and would have to cut some weight for the fight but that might make it all the more appealing.  Outside of Pacquiao this is probably the most difficult potential opponent for Mayweather, and that may be more than enough to sell the fight.

Ward goes by the nickname S.O.G. which stands for Son of God.  It does not take a genius to figure out how to market a fight between S.O.G. and a recently imprisoned criminal.  

The name recognition isn't quite there yet for Ward but he is an American which should make marketability much easier.



Canelo Alvarez

Alvarez fought in the undercard of Mayweather and Cotto's main event and was impressive in defeating Sugar Shane Mosley.

Yes, Mosley has not won since January 2009 but Alvarez was flat out dominant in the unanimous decision victory.

Alvarez sports a 40-0-1 record with 29 KOs.  He is promoted under Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions so this PPV card would sell well.  From a competition standpoint, though, Alvarez is only 22 years old and headlining a card with Mayweather would be a very large stage for someone so young.



Sergio Martinez

According to Sports Illustrated, Martinez is the third best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.  There is your hook right there.

Martinez is 49-2-2 with 28 KOs but there would be some potential snags in the card.  Martinez speaks no English and has a little fanbase.  I'm sure boxing purists would get excited for the fight but there is little interest for the casual fan.