Floyd Mayweather Must Fight Danny Garcia After Downing Canelo Alvarez
Floyd Mayweather made a mockery of boxing's youngest rising talent, dancing his way around Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and picking apart Mexico's biggest superstar with ease. There was no doubt about the outcome halfway through—save for one erroneous draw decision from a judge which prompted a hysterical reaction from Mayweather, courtesy Nick Schwartz of For the Win.
Mayweather made his point—he's still got it, and no, there isn't a young talent around who can come close.
Rather than abusing a washed-up Manny Pacquiao, "Money" should keep this trend of putting young talents down by looking to his undercard for his next victim.
The biggest bout outside of Mayweather's came in the form of Danny "Swift" Garcia versus Lucas Matthysse—a match that would be the main event on most cards outside of the fight of the decade.
But therein lies the strategy by Golden Boy Promotions. One of the better boxing matches of the year, if not the past few years, was not simply thrown on an undercard without reason—there's a strategy in play, and it's going to work.
The promotion wanted to test Garcia and Matthysse to see if the two could draw as megafight superstars. The answer was a resounding yes with a decision victory for boxing's rising star—not Canelo, but Garcia.
Garcia survived the encounter with the Argentine, who pound-for-pound is the strongest hitter at 140 pounds. Matthysse entered the fight as the favorite thanks to his quality collection of devastating knockouts, but he had never encountered a fighter of Garcia's quality.
It was the last stepping stone for Garcia, who has now earned his right to take a shot at the king.
It's hard to tell what Mayweather is thinking as far as a new opponent goes, but it's clear which way the promotions want him to swing—a Money versus Swift bout could be in the cards.
Money still has something to prove—that much is obvious by his choosing of Canelo in the first place. At 36 years old, Mayweather wants to further solidify himself as the best of all time by proving time and again no young talent has what it takes.
With Canelo out of the way (don't even ask about a rematch), Garcia is next in line as the biggest threat to Mayweather's throne. Garcia is now 27-0 with 16 knockouts and is the fastest-rising star in the sport (other than Canelo).
He may not bring Mayweather as much cash as Canelo did with his international fame, but Garcia can be built into a marketable star for a bout with Money as well. Swift has already been exposed to the fans worldwide. The next step from a financial standpoint is making Garcia seem like a serious threat—which he is.
There's not a notable fight that goes by in which Garcia isn't labeled as the underdog. Leading up to his encounter with Matthysse, Swift was hardly mentioned, as the attention was focused on Matthysse's immense knockout power.
Garcia thrives in the role, and he'd never be a bigger underdog than stepping foot in the ring with Mayweather.
Who should Mayweather fight next?
Boxing needs another superstar for the sport to thrive. Mayweather won't be around forever—he's nearing the age of 40—so there's no better way to help mold the next generation than getting youngsters like Garcia in the ring with Money.
At some point a passing-of-the-torch moment is needed. Garcia is the likeliest opponent to pull it off at this point and has more than earned his shot. Pacquiao may be the bigger financial draw, but the sport can't afford another snoozefest, which is exactly what would occur with Pacquiao on a serious decline after two straight losses.
Garcia versus Mayweather is the next big superfight. It's what is best for the sport and both fighters overall. The match has been foreshadowed by the promotions, but now it's time to pull the trigger.
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