Floyd Mayweather Doesn't Need Manny Pacquiao to Cement and Define Legacy

John RozumCorrespondent IMay 5, 2013

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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Floyd Mayweather is perfect, period.

And because of his career dominance, Money doesn't need to put up versus Manny Pacquiao to solidify his legacy.

Although a fight between the two would be quite the match, Mayweather has already made his mark on boxing as one the best ever. Dueling against Pac-Man won't drastically change anything except give the fans and media a colossal showdown.

It's impossible to argue with a 44-0 record, with 26 of those wins coming by knockout.

The most impressive aspect of Mayweather's win over Guerrero, though, was that it came via unanimous fashion despite a year-long absence. ESPN.com's Dan Rafael also puts Money's victory in perspective:

A 36th birthday, a year off -- two months of which was spent in jail last summer on a domestic abuse conviction -- would normally be the recipe for disaster for any fighter taking on a quality opponent. But Floyd Mayweather Jr., the pound-for-pound king, is not just any fighter. Instead, he looked the way he always looks: dominant.

Obviously Guerrero was no slouch, but clearly Mayweather was out to prove his ability and stature. Factor in his age and that simply puts Money on a higher pedestal.

With other victories over former and current top names such as Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Oscar De La Hoya, Zab Judah and Ricky Hatton among others, Mayweather's entire resume is impressive to say the least.

Money is also a quintuple champion, holding belts in the super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight divisions. Considering all these factors, what does Mayweather have left to prove?

Should he and Pacquiao ever meet up, the end result would not diminish anything Floyd has achieved. Plus, it's not like Pac-Man is an unknown challenger.

In his own right, Pacquiao is certainly among the best ever as well. Therefore, the outcome won't impact either fighter as much as what the actual bout would do for the sport.

Aside from proving that he still possesses the foot technique, punching precision, power and quickness, Mayweather's accolades are a rarity in boxing, even at 36 years of age.

Now, the question is who he fights next. It would be intriguing to see Mayweather attempt to jump up in class.

Heavier fighters in Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Austin Trout and Sergio Martinez are among the best and offer a great new test for Mayweather. Within the division, Timothy Bradley is an appealing contender as well.

Bradley takes on Marquez this September and Mayweather has more competition to check out should the American remain perfect. Regardless of who Money squares off against, though, only five fights remain for him on his contract, according to Jon Saraceno of USA Today:

Fight fans who admire Mayweather's peerless ring rhythm won't be able to enjoy him long, and the champion reiterated that after his victory.

"I've got five more fights and I'm through with the sport,'' said Mayweather.

No matter the outcome or whom he fights in those contests, Mayweather's impact after the bell is pure money.