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Why He's Here
It's beyond dispute that Floyd Mayweather is both boxing's pound-for-pound best fighter and it's biggest attraction. There really isn't any substantive debate about either one of those facts at this point.
Mayweather currently holds the WBC Welterweight Championship and is the unified WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion. He got the latter distinction by easily outpointing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in the boxing event of 2013 last September in Las Vegas.
At a perfect 45-0, he’s rarely even been challenged in the ring.
What's Up Next?
Only Mayweather himself knows what he'll do next.
As is par for the course with the pound-for-pound king, rumors are flying all over the place about who he'll face in his May 3 bout, but until you hear it from the man himself, don't believe a word.
Mayweather recently conducted an online fan poll to select his next foe and, per Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Amir Khan emerged as the clear winner. But until an announcement is made—likely on Mayweather's official Twitter page—anything can happen.
Why His Stock is Falling
Alright, before you go crazy, give me a minute to explain.
Mayweather is the best fighter in the sport. He's a prodigious talent, and his defensive acumen and in-ring smarts are on par with the best fighters to lace up the gloves in any era. But no matter whom he chooses—Khan and Marcos Maidana are the finalists unless he pulls something out of his hat—boxing fans are going to be disappointed.
Fair or not, that’s the reality. And it’s the consequence of setting the bar so high in his last fight.
Unlike Canelo, who was bigger, younger and stronger, neither Khan nor Maidana is likely to receive the type of respect that would transform this fight into an event. People aren't going to feel the same need to spend their money to buy this fight, regardless of the opponent, and that will hit Mayweather where it hurts the most.