Floyd Mayweather: Predicting Each of Money's Fights Before He Retires for Good

Mick Akers@@mickakersAnalyst IJuly 17, 2012

Floyd Mayweather: Predicting Each of Money's Fights Before He Retires for Good

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    Once the undefeated, current two-division champ, Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr., finishes out his up to 87-day jail sentence (per ESPN), he will be able to shift his focus back to the sport that he has dominated over the course of the last 16 years.

    With his plans to retire in 2014 (per ESPN) and the rate that Mayweather has been fighting over the past few years, odds are "Money" will fight around three more times before calling it quits.

    I don't see Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) being ready to fight until early next year, as he as been off his usual eating and training routine while incarcerated, and it will take some time until he is back to his usual self once he is released from jail.

    Here are three possible bouts that Mayweather could take on to round out his career that will land him in the Hall of Fame and ensure he'll be forever remembered as one of the best fighters to ever lace up a pair of gloves.

1. Devon Alexander

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    Devon Alexander, 25, would make for a solid opponent for Floyd Mayweather coming off of his jail-induced layoff.

    Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) is a young, up-and-coming fighter and would offer Mayweather a chance to show the world he still has what it takes to beat the new generation of boxers at the ripe old age of 35.

    After suffering his one and only loss to current WBO welterweight champ Timothy Bradley, Alexander has stepped up his competition. Alexander has beaten Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse in his last two fights and will take on IBF welterweight champ Randall Bailey in September.

    If Alexander puts out a solid effort against Bailey in their September title showdown, he would be setting himself up to be the perfect opponent for Money in early 2014 by winning the IBF title.

    A possible Mayweather-Alexander bout would set up to be a unification bout, as Mayweather would put up his WBC title, and Alexander would have his IBF title on the line if he beats Bailey.

2. Amir Khan

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    Although Amir Khan suffered a shocking TKO loss to Danny Garcia on July 14th, Khan is still a top-tier boxer and will make his way back to the top.

    With Khan's plans to make the jump from the 140-pound junior welterweight division to the 147-pound welterweight division in the near future, Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) could set himself up for a fall 2013 bout with Floyd Mayweather with a couple of career-stabilizing wins.

    Khan has a huge following not only in the UK, but here in the U.S. as well and would easily set up a million-plus-selling pay-per-view event.

    Besides a rematch with Miguel Cotto—which is unlikely—a possible bout with Khan is as big as it will get money-wise for Mayweather besides a Manny Pacquiao showdown.

3. Manny Pacquiao

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    By the time 2014 rolls around, one can only hope that Floyd Mayweather's and Manny Pacquiao's camps finally come to their senses and realize that the two fighters must meet in the ring before the two all-time greats retire from boxing.

    With "Money" and "Pac-Man" being boxing's biggest draws, a super-fight between the two could easily net both fighters upwards of $50 to $100 million each, making the decision to leave the sport that much easier in the end.

    If the two were to fight in 2014 instead of an earlier date, the fight would still have the two best fighters facing off, with both Mayweather and Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) still being close to elite fighters—as the two have shown that Father Time has yet to affect them all that much in the ring thus far.

    If Money and Pac-Man were to never fight each other, the sport of boxing and its fans would be cheated out of the biggest fight that could have been made in the last quarter century.

    By 2014, the two should save the world that pain and meet in the ring to decide once and for all who the greatest fighter of their generation truly is.

    A likely date for the bout would be May 3rd, as that would be Cinco de Mayo weekend—as the 5th falls on a Monday—one of boxing's biggest dates annually.

    The winner would go out as the best of a generation, and the loser would still be considered great and would not have an asterisk next to his name, not having fought the best the sport had to offer at the time.