It looks as though it will have to wait until 2013 if it does in fact happen, but a fight between "Money" Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez would be Money's ideal next bout.
Speculation is that Alvarez may not be ready for competition, despite the fact that he just dominated veteran Joesito Lopez in a fifth-round TKO and sports an undefeated record of 41-0-1.
Meanwhile, Mayweather was released from prison for domestic abuse in early August, and last took to the ring in May. At the MGM Grand, he slugged it out with Miguel Cotto in a 12-round unanimous decision. The fight brought in $94 million in pay-per-view revenue, which made it the second highest grossing such fight in boxing history, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael.
Waiting until next year to recover from his prison stint and get back to properly training again is a wise move for Mayweather, but it also gives Alvarez more time to prepare.
Alvarez is 13 years Mayweather's junior, and this potential matchup will easily be the toughest of his career. Despite his 22 years of age, Alvarez has plenty of fighting experience under his belt against high-caliber competition.
Having successfully defended the WBC Light Middleweight belt five consecutive times, Alvarez has shown his heated competitiveness and has succeeded with an aggressive, attacking style. That mindset gives him the confidence to take the ring with the legend.
The biggest problem Mayweather presents is his ability to manipulate his opponent into exposing his weaknesses. As exciting as Alvarez is with his speed and power, Mayweather's uncanny ducking, twisting, befuddling defensive ability would translate very well. He could figure out how to utilize his unmatched technique prowess to tire Alvarez out and go for the KO later on.
It is a huge opportunity for Alvarez nonetheless because it's unclear how many fights Mayweather has left in him. He will clearly be relying on his experience, but could be in trouble if Alvarez is in attack mode and is lucky early on.
The difficulty Mayweather displayed in the Cotto fight shows that his career may be winding down.
Alvarez certainly sounded as though he smelled blood after observing the fight and beating Lopez. In an interview with Luis Sandoval of BoxingScene.com, he expressed a desire to fight both Cotto and Mayweather.
Shortly thereafter, a report surfaced by Allan Fox of Boxing News 24, indicating Alvarez's Golden Boy Promotions wanted to schedule a fight with Mayweather that would happen in December.
While Alvarez and Co. may be overeager to get in the ring, that fact should only drive Mayweather to prepare even more meticulously for his potential upstart challenger. What's most exciting about this potential bout is that Alvarez has the ability to end Money's 43-0 reign with one devastating punch, even if Mayweather plays a Muhammad Ali-esque, rope-a-dope strategy.
On the other hand, the wrong error on Conelo's part will result in Mayweather swiftly finishing him.
Considering the different points in their respective careers, contrasting styles and all that would be at stake, this fight seems like a no-brainer for Mayweather.