3 Fighters We Won't See Floyd Mayweather Face Under New Showtime Mega-Deal
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the man everyone wants to face in boxing, but "Money's" new mega-deal with Showtime will alienate certain fights from taking place.
With HBO losing its biggest cash cow, the network will do everything in its power to hold onto the other big-name fighters they have in their stable.
Here are five fighters we won't see Mayweather meeting in the ring due to his new Showtime contract.
1. Manny Pacquiao
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You thought the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao had a slim chance taking place after Pacquiao's knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. Now, the chances of this mega-fight have gotten closer to zero than ever before.
Even though Pacquiao is on a two-fight losing streak, he is still the most marketable fighter not named Floyd Mayweather. HBO Boxing has to make keeping Pac-Man on the network priority No. 1 at this point.
It is unclear if Pacquiao will fight again, but all signs seem to be pointing to a fifth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez sometime this year.
If a fifth edition does take place, there is no doubt HBO will make the bout its featured bout of the year. It will hype the fight itself, along with other HBO fight cards during the time leading up to the bout.
So anyone who still had the slightest hope that we would see Mayweather and Pacquiao in the ring before the two retire should stop holding their breath and move on.
2. Adrien Broner
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With the media hyping up lightweight champ Adrien Broner as the next Floyd Mayweather, it is only natural that fans and media alike to want to see the two square off in the ring.
With HBO heavily pushing Broner in his last bout this past weekend with Gavin Rees, it is clear that the network has bought into the idea that Broner is the next big thing in boxing. Now, it's trying to convince the fans who aren't already on board to join them.
With HBO investing its time and money into Broner, there is no way he will fight Mayweather on Showtime anytime in the next 30 months.
Also putting a kink in the possible showdown between the best of the past generation and the leader of the new generation of boxers is the friendship that Broner has made with Mayweather.
The two have been popping up on each others' social media pages, showing that they have become quite good friends.
We have see high-profile friends come and go in Mayweather's life. Yet even if the two boxers' friendship goes sour, don't think for a second that Mayweather will risk going against the one man with a chance to put a one in place of a zero on his perfect record.
3. Sergio Martinez
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Even though The Ring and WBC middleweight champ Sergio Martinez almost left HBO for Showtime back in 2011, he chose to stick around with HBO—and, because of it, had the biggest fight of his career, beating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September of last year.
Now with Mayweather gone, Martinez will be one of the top three priorities for HBO Boxing, making the chance that Martinez has thoughts of jumping ship at HBO again very slim.
Martinez is thought to be the No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world according to most major lists and he will begin to be paid that way. You can bet HBO will pony up enough money to keep Martinez happy for the foreseeable future.
Despite fans' wishes for the match, you can put Martinez's name next to Pacquiao's as unlikely opponents for Mayweather as he begins his Showtime contract.