Forty-six down, three to go.
With Saturday’s tougher-than-expected unification defeat of Marcos Maidana, pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. both added another piece of gaudy jewelry—in the form of Maidana’s WBA welterweight title belt—to his collection and got one step closer to the end of what’s thus far been an unbeaten road.
The 37-year-old has three fights remaining on the lucrative six-fight deal he signed with Showtime last year, and, if the work schedule he’s maintained since making that commitment—early May, followed by mid-September—holds true, he’ll reach the climactic career moment in roughly 16 months.
Of course, with every beaten pretender to the throne comes instant conjecture on who’ll be the next in line, and that doesn’t change here. So it’s with that perpetual mandate in mind that we list the top handful of guys likely to be most discussed as the next obstacle between Money and 49-0.
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