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Mayweather vs. Guerrero: Best Opponents for Each Fighter to Pursue

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) throws a left at Robert Guerrero during the fifth round of their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IMay 5, 2013

Boxing fans saw a decisive fight on Saturday night, and more intriguing bouts could be on the horizon. 

Now that Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero is in the books, we're looking ahead to the best opponents for each fighter to pursue in the near future.

Mayweather has clearly established himself as the best fighter in the sport while Guerrero proved he can contend in the ring with some of the best in the game.

Here are the two opponents I think are the best fits for The Ghost and Money May.

 

Robert Guerrero: Miguel Cotto

After a hard-fought loss to Mayweather on Saturday night, Guerrero proved that he can hold his own against arguably the best fighter in the game. While Money earned a 12-round unanimous decision win over The Ghost, the fact that Guerrero wasn't knocked out and lasted for the entire fight shows that he can hang around with other top fighters.

Like Miguel Cotto, perhaps?

According to FightSaga.com, Cotto will return to the ring in the fall and is still without an opponent.

A bout with Guerrero could be an intriguing matchup for Cotto. Both men lost to Mayweather and should be looking to establish who the superior fighter is, and if Junito were to beat Guerrero, that could trigger a potential rematch against Mayweather in the near future.

Each fighter would be coming off a loss, further making this an even matchup and one that the conventional boxing fan should appreciate.

Guerrero's methodical style of fighting matches up well against Cotto, who has shown flashes of being a straight up brawler at times in his career. Cotto has shown the ability to change his style against certain opponents, which is partly what makes this an intriguing matchup.

Guerrero is a tough fighter who can take a hit and stretch a match a full 12 rounds, and you can be sure Cotto will be handing out the punishment if this fight were to occur.

 

Floyd Mayweather: Canelo Alvarez

Mayweather burst back onto the boxing scene with a unanimous decision on Saturday night, and his opponents from here on out should only be the best of the best.

That's where Canelo Alvarez enters the picture.

The WBC Light Middleweight title holder is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision win over Austin Trout—a quality fighter—and could be a part of the biggest superfight in recent memory. Ring Magazine made note of how big this fight could be:

Unlike Mayweather-Pacquiao, the idea of Money vs. Canelo has some weight to it. Both fighters deal with Golden Boy Promotions, which only makes the business end of the potential fight all the more easier to hammer out. 

Obviously money will be the key in getting this fight booked, but if it goes down, it'll be the best bout in recent memory for the sport of boxing. Of course, there's the chance that Mayweather doesn't want to put his undefeated record on the line against great competition, as David Mayo of MLive touches on.

Of course, if that holdup isn't true and Money agrees to fight Alvarez, fans would see a lightning quick and defensive-minded Mayweather against a disciplined and patient Canelo. Unlike many Mexican fighters, Canelo doesn't own an over-aggressive style that could get him into trouble.

Watching Mayweather and Alvarez try to break down this chess match in the ring would likely give fans a 12-round fight full of action and just overall quality fighting.

 

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