Boxing

Mayweather vs. Canelo: Money's Bouts with Future Opponents Will Lack Hype

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 14:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his majority decision victory against Canelo Alvarez in their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 17, 2013

After Floyd Mayweather disposed of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez with ease in their fight on Sept. 14, it's clear that no opponent stands a chance of beating Money, and that will seriously hurt the process of building hype for future fights.

Alvarez was supposed to have the youth, speed and power to hang with Mayweather. In fact, boxing fans and analysts alike predicted that, at the very least, Canelo would be the toughest opponent Mayweather had faced in years.

But in reality, Canelo's bid to do the unthinkable was no different or even worse than Mayweather's previous 44 fights.

Alvarez is considered by many to be one of the finest fighters in the sport today. If Money was able to dominate the Mexican-born superstar like that, it stands to reason that nobody else on this planet will come close.

Names like Amir Khan, Devon Alexander and Danny Garcia have been thrown out there as the next potential opponents to fightand loseto Money. While all are nice fighters, at best they are equal to Alvarez.

And if Alvarez didn't come close to beating Money, there's no question that none of those fighters will either.

Money has certainly earned respect throughout his career, but respect alone won't get people excited for a fight. One of the biggest reasons people spent money on this pay-per-view was that they thought Canelo had a chance to winthus the opportunity to witness history made it intriguing.

That intrigue helped build hype before the fight, and it became the most talked-about match in recent memory.

None of Money's future opponents have the name recognition that Canelo has, nor the following. That in and of itself will kill any momentum promoters attempt to build.

The fact that nobody believes for a second that Money can be beaten is actually detrimental. It's doubtful that many people will drop $60 to $70 on another fight when they already know what the outcome will be. All that will be left are people who want to watch the fight just to see Mayweather's elite skills.

More casual fans and detractors of Mayweather won't tune in. It's hard enough to watch Mayweather fights because there are rarely knockouts and he never loses control, but throw in a no-win situation for Money's opponent, and that will further destroy any interest in the fight.

The only matchup that could be considered big in any way would be a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout. But even that potential dream fight is looking bleak at the moment thanks to Pacman's two consecutive losses and his need to win more fights in order even to earn a shot at the best boxer on the planet.

Plain and simple: There are no big-name, deserving fighters left for Mayweather to take on.

With his victory being a foregone conclusion in any fight he takes, there won't be enough hype to entice people to buy into another Mayweather bout.

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