The bout between Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero may have just ended, but there's no time to waste in figuring out what's next for each boxer.
Despite being left bruised and battered after Saturday night's defeat, Guerrero showed a lot of promise in going all 12 rounds and proved to be imposing at times against the undefeated champion. Even though he lost, The Ghost will be a hot commodity in the boxing world for his next fight.
On the other hand, Mayweather simply has the entire field to choose from at this point. He has five fights left on his Showtime deal (h/t The Guardian), so he will be picking carefully. Most fighters would take the tall task though given the unique opportunity and vast payday that would follow.
Here's the ideal next matchup for both The Ghost and Money May, and why they break down so well for each.
Robert Guerrero – Miguel Cotto
This one just does not get easier from a decision standpoint. Guerrero must do all he can to secure a fight as soon as possible with Miguel Cotto.
Despite having lost his last two fights, Cotto is one of the best pound-for-pound boxers and gave Mayweather one of the toughest victories he's ever had in May 2012. Almost no opponent has beaten up Money May the way Cotto was able to last year.
The number of fighters Mayweather has faced in the past few years is low, so Guerrero must look to take on one of the select few boxers that would prove he is capable of a rematch with the 44-0 Mayweather.
A rematch between Mayweather and The Ghost is still a possibility, but it won't happen unless Guerrero can prove worthy of the opportunity.
With Cotto desperate to notch a quality win, there's no reason why this fight couldn't happen. And with few contenders to his throne, Mayweather would likely consider a rematch against whoever prevailed.
Floyd Mayweather – Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
It's on to the next one for Mayweather, who has worked each up-and-coming boxer that he's faced. Next up has to be Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Canelo is only 22, but he already has picked up 42 wins and 30 knockouts.
His most recent victory was perhaps the most impressive, defeating Austin Trout via unanimous decision. Trout was the boxer who gave Cotto his second consecutive loss, so you know the quality is there considering what Cotto was able to do against Mayweather.
Alvarez seems to be an imposing matchup to Mayweather and his young pedigree would make for an interesting contrast against Money May. He seems to be the rising boxer of this weight class.
Mayweather never backs down from these types of fighters, and he surely cannot afford to now with his legacy underneath the magnifying glass.
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