Floyd Mayweather's Best Potential Opponents After Canelo Victory

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2013

Sep 14, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; From left recording artist Tank , Floyd Mayweather Jr and singer Justin Bieber appear in the ring after Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez by a majority decision at their WBC and WBA super welterweight titles fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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After Floyd "Money" Mayweather beat Saul "Canelo" Alvarez by a majority decision of 114-114, 116-112, 117-111 Saturday, all the focus has turned to the big question—who will Money face next?

Mayweather, still undefeated, needs an opponent that is good enough to give him a challenge and someone who can help bring in money and attention.

Who are the best potential opponents for Mayweather after the Canelo victory? Read on to find out.


Amir Khan

Despite losing to Danny Garcia, Khan has worked his way back with wins over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz.

If he can beat Devon Alexander Dec. 7, then Khan will have regained his reputation. Before the loss to Garcia, Khan was considered a worthy challenged to Mayweather. He once held the super lightweight belt, and his last few fights have shown a return to form.

Assuming a victory over Alexander, Khan would provide a worthy opponent for Mayweather. He's a big name, and his youth (26) and good looks would bring in plenty of viewers.


Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia put his name on the map with a fourth-round TKO of Amir Khan in July 2012 and followed it up with a victory in the undercard Saturday night.

Garcia beat Lucas Matthyss in impressive fashion, by an unanimous decision of 14-112, 115-111, 114-112. He was dominant. using a power punch to close Matthyss's right eye in the seventh round, rendering the Argentine fighter useless. If not for the Money-Canelo showdown, this fight could've easily headlined the card.

Garcia has never lost and has won 16 of his bouts by KO. He is the WBA super lightweight champion.

He doesn't have the name recognition, but he's proven that he's a tremendous fighter. At only 25 years old, he has a bright future ahead of him.

A matchup against Money would elevate Garcia's career. And Garcia is talented enough that he would provide a solid and competent opponent for Mayweather. The fight and victory against Matthyss proved that Garica is ready for the biggest stage. 

It's not the most ideal option, but Garcia has enough talent to make the fight really competitive. 


Manny Pacquiao

This needs to happen—for boxing, for Mayweather's legacy, to reinvigorate the sport.

And even though Pacquiao has lost his last two fights, Mayweather still needs to fight him. After all, Pacquiao and Mayweather are the two best fighters of the decade. The fact that they haven't faced off is a shame.

If Pacquiao can beat Brandon Rios in November, that will prove he's back on track. A victory would place him back at the top of the boxing stratosphere. 

That means that Mayweather has to stop dawdling, stop hesitating and finally agree to a fight. It will bring in a ridiculous amount of money and it will show that Mayweather isn't afraid of anyone.

This fight would bring the sport to new heights. This "Fight of the Century" would get casual fans back into the sport and put boxing back on the map.

Will Mayweather agree to it? He told David Mayo of MLive.com that Pacquiao blew any chance at a fight:

How are things today? He's not going to get a chance to fight me. I was feeling that way weeks ago. Now, I'm feeling like I wouldn't even give him a chance. He had a chance, he blew it, so that's what it is.

He can—and should—change his mind. If Money finally takes on Pac-Man and wins, there will be no doubting his legacy. 

But if he continues to avoid a Pacquiao fight, then the question will always linger around Mayweather—why wouldn't he face Pacquiao?

He can end those doubts with a fight in the near future.