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Will Devon Alexander make the right deal?
Devon Alexander was mentioned by Floyd Mayweather on Twitter one slow afternoon in boxing news as the original front-runner for a May 4 clash this year, and the Internet exploded with opinions on it.
The mention that IBF welterweight champ Alexander might be getting the opportunity over a perceived better challenge in Robert Guerrero ruffled some feathers.
But with Alexander's latest defense coming on May 18 against a talented, undefeated British rising star in Kell Brook, Alexander may be able to land the signature victory that has seemed to allude him.
Guerrero's pounding and disfiguring of Andre Berto's face is the signature win last November that earned Guerrero his shot. If Alexander can clearly dominate or, better yet, stop Brook, he could land the deal.
On the flip side, if Brook stops Alexander, he may be in line for a big-money clash. Whether that clash will be against Mayweather is questionable. British rival Amir Khan is making his welterweight debut soon.
On April 27, Khan will test the welterweight waters at a catchweight of 143. If he feels comfortable and Brook defeats Alexander for the IBF title, a deal could be in place to match the two Brits.
Though Mayweather isn't signed to Golden Boy Promotions, he often works extensively with the company, meaning they will prefer to have him face one of their fighters.
While Golden Boy promotes Alexander and Khan, Brook is not one of them. Should Brook defeat Alexander, Khan will be given to Brook in hopes of snatching the title back for Golden Boy.
But the Khan-Brook fight would instantly sell out a stadium and present Mayweather with a bona fide ticket seller in England, which is a place where he wants to fight at some point.
No matter who holds the IBF title by the end of 2013, be it Alexander, Brook or Khan, he will have certainly notched a notable enough victory to become a possible Mayweather opponent.