I don't want to say it, I really don't. I don't want to mention the name of the one man who could bring Floyd Mayweather a bigger guaranteed purse than the $41.5 million he received against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, a huge figure that will be very difficult to top.
Folks, I don't want to go here. But I have no choice, do I?
Outside of Manny Pacquiao—as men gasp, women faint and dogs howl at the very mention of his name in a Mayweather article—it's hard to imagine how Money May will bring in the same amount of guaranteed money fighting anyone else in the world.
Another fight with Alvarez isn't going to do the trick, not after Mayweather dismantled the young star. Alvarez may be the future of boxing, but Mayweather proved definitively that he remains the present of the sport.
Danny Garcia is an intriguing potential opponent, but he wouldn't be a huge draw. Same for the winner of the Devon Alexander and Amir Khan fight. Timothy Bradley might move the needle slightly, but nothing like Canelo did.
Now, you could make the argument that it won't matter who Mayweather fights, that he's such a big draw that the money will follow Money regardless. With his undefeated record, his brash personality and the aura and entourage that escort him into the ring, another big paycheck may be inevitable.
But remember, the Robert Guerrero fight didn't exactly do huge PPV numbers, meaning that the public may eat up Mayweather, but they won't necessarily tune in any longer to watch him dismantle a lesser opponent.
Had Canelo kept things interesting and staggered Mayweather a few times or was more even with him on the card—we can all just pretend like that C.J. Ross 114-114 card never happened, right?—you can bet your bottom dollar Mayweather and Canelo would have set up a trilogy.
And you can bet your other bottom dollar that boxing fans would have eaten that trilogy up.
But alas, it doesn't look likely. And thus, the one man that you know, for a fact, would bring Mayweather a huge payday and guaranteed PPV buys through the roof is Pacman.
It probably won't happen. And Mayweather will probably still make some serious coin in his future fights. But it's hard to see him landing another purse this large unless he and Pacquiao learn to play nice.