Floyd Mayweather Jr.: What Are His Top Competitive Options?
Now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is out of jail and probably back in the gym, every single boxing fan on this planet can’t wait to hear who his next opponent will turn out to be.
Ultimately, everyone wants to see one, and only one fight: the much sough out mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But let’s imagine for a second that this fight is not an option. Or if it suits people better, let’s picture their fight being signed for the end of 2013. This would create a time buffer, which in turn, would mean that both fighters should have a couple of fights to fight in between. In such a scenario, whom would you like to see Mayweather Jr. face?
There are some popular names that have been popping up in similar discussions on various boxing forums, such as: Timothy Bradley, Saul Alvarez, Sergio Martinez, Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, and a rematch with Cotto.
Mayweather Jr. vs. Timothy Bradley
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Looking at the way Bradley behaved and performed against Manny Pacquiao, which by the way was fairly impressive, I still cannot see him winning a single round against Mayweather Jr. Bradley is too slow and too sloppy when it comes to offense, and Floyd would simply pick him apart round by round, first peppering him with jabs and then leaning on him with viscous power shots.
Great fight for Floyd, terrible fight for Bradley.
Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul Alvarez
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This would definitely be more of a challenge for Mayweather Jr. than facing Bradley.
Alvarez fights tall and knows well how to keep his distance. In this matchup, I don’t see Mayweather Jr. doing anything risky until the second half of the fight. At that point Alvarez would fill with confidence and start trying to catch and knock Floyd out. Quickly, Alvarez would realize just how slow he is compared to Floyd, and that throwing anything will end up in a successful counter by Mayweather Jr.
I see Alvarez winning a few early rounds, but things will swiftly turn sour after rounds 4 or 5. This would be a good fight for both, with some exciting moments throughout the fight. Floyd would probably take eight out of the 12 rounds.
Mayweather Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez
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I know that I will get some serious criticism for this one, but I am simply not sold on the idea that Martinez would do well against Mayweather Jr.
Sure, Martinez is a great champion and more importantly a tremendous well-rounded fighter. Having said that, he would, just like Bradley would, get picked apart round after round. His offense and defense are both great against almost all opponents, except for Mayweather Jr. Floyd is not only lightning fast, but he is also incredibly accurate.
If Martinez fights Mayweather Jr. the way he fought Dzinziruk or Macklin, Maravilla will be very surprised when he finds himself unable to do anything of substance against Floyd. In my opinion, this is a terrible fight for Martinez, and an easy win, due to style differences, for Mayweather Jr.
Sorry fellas, I’m crazy. I know.
Mayweather Jr. vs. Adrien Broner
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People have been discussing this fight for a while now. How would Broner do against Floyd, they ask? What are people thinking? What is Broner’s probability of beating Mayweather Jr.? I don’t know the exact number, but percentage-wise, I would say somewhere from zero percent to maybe two percent.
This is absurd. Broner is a great fighter,—against not-so-bad opponents.
Throw him in the ring with Mayweather Jr. and Broner will go from a dominant K.O. artist to a hopeless amateur trying to find a way to stay away from Floyd. This fight would be practice for Floyd, and a career mistake for Broner. Having said all that, Broner is a very promising young gun, and I am expecting to see him be molded into something much more than he is at this point in his career.
Mayweather Jr. vs. Andre Berto
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Yes, this fight has also been talked about in the forum land. Again, this would be the same scenario as Bradley. Berto likes his power and loves to use it. What that means is wide power punches; so wide that Mayweather Jr. would land several counter shots in between. Berto is a bit too slow and sloppy, and unfortunately, should not be considered as a formidable opponent for Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather Jr. vs. Cotto II
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This is an interesting proposition because despite the fact that Mayweather Jr. decisively beat Cotto in their first fight, I would be curious to see what happens in a rematch. Cotto makes for exciting fights, and he sure put on a show against Floyd the first time as he kept coming for all 12 rounds.
Just based on his effort and heart, I think Cotto deserves a rematch if Floyd ever gives him one. That doesn’t mean that I would expect to see Cotto win, but I do think he would perform noticeably better. At least we can all expect that Cotto will keep coming and will make it a long night for Mayweather Jr.
In conclusion, out of all the mentioned names, I think that Saul Alvarez and Miguel Cotto would be the most exciting and competitive fights for Mayweather Jr. Of course once Pacquiao gets added to the equation, all these mentioned names get tossed to the side.