It’s on to the next for pound-for-pound champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
After dismantling Robert Guerrero in a May Day bout many expected to be a much more competitive affair, Mayweather is one fight closer to ending his career undefeated, as one of the best fighters in the history of boxing.
According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Money plans to retire upon the completion of his six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS. With five fights remaining, now may be the time to put the icing on the cake.
At 44-0, Mayweather has already cemented his legacy, but it wouldn’t hurt to line up a couple premier challengers before riding off into the sunset.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would be a good start.
Canelo (42-0-1) is widely considered one of the only fighters worthy of going toe to toe with Mayweather. The 22-year-old is one of the preeminent young boxers of the sport, and if questions of Mayweather’s age weren’t prevalent enough leading up to May Day, they certainly would be if he were to fight the budding superstar.
That’s not a bad thing, though.
With Money’s career coming to a close, adding to his tremendous record with wins over top young challengers like Canelo would only improve his legacy. Not that he needs it, but Mayweather could put all doubt to rest with a win over a fighter like Alvarez.
According to Rafael, the fight is already in the works. Mayweather is eyeing Sept. 14 for his next fight, and there’s a good chance it features none other than Canelo. As quoted by Rafael, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is focused on making it happen:
I am working on the fight. I'm crunching the numbers. You should see my calculator -- it's red-hot. I am working on a lot of fights, but this is my No. 1 priority. This is something I am pursuing, and I am having conversations with both sides. Canelo wants the fight, and Floyd has never turned down an opponent.
The validity of that last statement is debatable, but this much is certain: Mayweather shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to add another huge trophy to his resume, and Canelo can’t skip out on his only shot at the pound-for-pound kingpin.
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Does Mayweather need to face elite competition in his final fights to cement his legacy?
There is little reason for Mayweather to not be all-in for the fight, either. As long as Alvarez adheres to Money’s camp's typical drug-testing stipulations and wants to climb in the ring with the best, the five-division champ shouldn’t be concerned with anything but knocking him off to remain undefeated.
Of course, the payday also wouldn’t be all that bad, either.
Any fight that draws the attention of the entire boxing world will certainly attract enough attention to make the fight a lucrative business opportunity. Fans want to see Canelo get his crack at Mayweather, almost as much as they want to see Money add another top-shelf trophy to his collection of fallen foes.
Unless something unforeseen happens in the coming months, it looks like this fight has a very good chance of happening. And there’s no reason it shouldn’t.