Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Best Opponents for Money After Victory

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Jr. holds up his title belts after defeating Canelo Alvarez during a 152-pound title fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Eric Jamison

After a majority decision victory against Marcos Maidana on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the boxing world has already shifted its focus to Floyd Mayweather’s next bout and the best possible options for the world-renowned fighter.

Mayweather proved against Maidana that he still has the ability to use his defensive skill set to produce offense with his devastating counterpunching, and there are several marquee options for the fighter and his team as they look ahead to what’s next.

Here are the best possible options for Mayweather following Saturday’s main event against Maidana.


Manny Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 12:  Manny Pacquiao looks on prior to fighting Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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There is no bigger fight in the sport of boxing than a potential showdown between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

After two devastating losses for Pacquiao, he avenged them with two decisive victories in a row against Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley. Now, fans of the sport want to see these two all-time greats, who are widely considered the best of this generation, go head-to-head.

People have been clamoring for this fight for over five years, and Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, went on an amazing rant in early April, via Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, regarding Mayweather and the potential dream fight:

If this fight were to come to fruition, it wouldn’t be the same spectacle it would have been five years ago. Both men are older, and the elite speed that they both still have has slowed a bit. Father Time has caught up with both men to some extent, and the bout would reflect that.

There is no doubt that the superfight would draw in huge pay-per-view numbers, but the in-ring battle wouldn’t live up to expectations. With Pacquiao lacking the elite power he once had and Mayweather unwilling to take any risks, this would be yet another decision.

Fans would want a definitive answer about which fighter is better after waiting so long, something they would be unlikely to get. Still, not many would complain if this bout finally took place.


Amir Khan

BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24:  Amir Khan shadow boxes during a media workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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After starting his career 26-1, everything was going Amir Khan’s way until he lost a split decision to Lamont Peterson in December 2011. He was subsequently TKO’d by Danny Garcia in his next fight, which took place in July 2012. His hopes of being a top fighter in the division were put on hold as a result of those defeats, but he is officially back.

With victories over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz in his last two fights coming into Saturday, and considering the way he performed against Luis Collazo, it is clear that he is on the right track and worthy of a fight against Mayweather.

Mayweather and Khan have already built up quite a bit of drama on Twitter:

This fight builds itself.

The problem for Khan is that he is too wild and sporadic. Mayweather thrives on his opponents’ mistakes and will punish the challenger if he isn’t deadly accurate. Khan’s inability to defend well enough to avoid big shots will ultimately give Mayweather the chance to land a devastating counterpunch and end the fight early.

For fans who want to see Mayweather knock someone out again, Khan is the best option.


Marcos Maidana

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There were many who doubted the power of Maidana coming into Saturday’s fight, but he proved that he is one of the best in the division and gave Mayweather a tough fight.

While it isn’t the ideal situation, the rematch between Mayweather and Maidana would be even better than the first fight. With both men understanding the other better now, the game plans would be different and the brutality would be amped up.

Few fighters get another shot at Mayweather, but Maidana has earned it.

It will be hard to sell a PPV headlined by a Mayweather vs. Maidana main event after fans just saw it, but from a pure in-ring perspective, the rematch would be one of the most entertaining fights of the year as viewers anticipate how each fighter will adapt to the other.


*Stats via BoxRec.com.