Welterweight

Floyd Mayweather's Next Fight Must Finally Be Against Manny Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his unanimous decision victory against Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 5, 2013

Now that Floyd Mayweather defeated Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision, his next fight has got to be against Manny Pacquiao.

Money was able to win in a dominant performance against Guerrero, winning by a score of 117-111.  He continued to show why he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, but his legacy won’t be the same without a fight against Pacquiao.

Floyd’s career would always have a question mark next to it if he wasn’t able to defeat Pacquiao. Assuming Floyd was able to maintain an undefeated record, it just wouldn’t be the same without a win against Manny.

According to a report by ESPN.co.uk, Pacquiao still wants to fight Mayweather.  Rumors have swirled about the two potentially fighting for years now, but the fight has never happened. 

While some expect Mayweather to fight Canelo Alvarez, he apparently didn’t say anything to confirm that after his fight against Guerrero, according to a tweet by Nissi Icasiano.

Mayweather continues to believe that he has yet to be challenged in his career.  If he has yet to fight Pacquiao, then doesn’t it make sense for him to fight him at least once?

The two fighters aren’t getting any younger, so this fight has to happen soon if it is going to ever happen.  Right now, Pacquiao is 34 years old, while Mayweather is 36. 

Even if the two fought at a later date, it just wouldn’t be the same as the two fighting near their prime.  The two fighters are the shining stars in this sport, and it would be a shame if the two didn’t fight when they were still near the top of their game.

For Pacquiao, his other two likely options for his next fight are Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley.  However, a report by BoxingNews24.com claims that the two have potentially scheduled a fight in September.

This would leave Pacquiao without a true revenge match, but a fight against Mayweather would finally be what the fighter needs to cap off his magnificent career.

Mayweather currently holds a 44-0 record, but has yet to be tested by Manny.  Even if Pacquiao has a record of 54-5-2, he has been an excellent fighter and could give Floyd a serious run for his money.

After plenty of fighting over blood tests and whatnot, it’s about time that these two actually fight for real.  Even if the two fighters don’t want it, the sport, as well as the fans, need it.

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