Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana: Gauging What's Next for Both Fighters

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2014

Marcos Maidana, left, from Argentina, trades blows with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their WBC-WBA welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Las Vegas. Mayweather won the bout by majority decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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Too much of a good thing is a great thing.

After watching Floyd Mayweather's hard-fought win over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night, who wouldn't want to see a rematch? Of course, boxing is never that simple, so both fighters' futures remain up in the air.

Mayweather implied that a rematch could happen if the demand was high enough, per CBS Sports' Gary Parrish:

From Maidana's perspective, this should be Plans A, B and C.

First off, there's the financial impact. Although Maidana's paycheck paled in comparison to Mayweather for Saturday night's main event, it was almost certainly more money that he would earn and has earned from any other fight. Plus, with the way in which El Chino turned heads and won over the fans, his price tag just went up, no matter whom he fights.

Secondly, imagine the prestige that would come from being the first guy to beat Floyd Mayweather. That's a king-making moment. Maidana wouldn't have to step in the ring any more, and he'd have carved a place in boxing history.

El Chino should have reason to think that he could have won on Saturday, so he should feel confident of his chances in a rematch.

If he can't get another shot at Mayweather, his options in the welterweight class are a bit limited. Maybe he could atone for his loss to Devon Alexander. Perhaps Adrien Broner would want another shot, and who wouldn't want to see Broner get his butt kicked again?

If Maidana moves up to junior middleweight, then Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara could be options.

As much as El Chino might want the rematch, the ball is still firmly in Mayweather's court, and he may be a little hesitant in agreeing to another fight given how close the first one was.

Money's not getting any younger. He should be a little selective at this stage in his career, and that means not picking somebody who nearly beat him.

He fought Maidana. He beat Maidana. What else is there to do there?

Putting aside the possibility of a rematch, the next logical choice for Mayweather would be Amir Khan, who manhandled Luis Collazo on the undercard. That bout was viewed as a prerequisite for a fight with Mayweather, and Khan passed that test with flying colors.

ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf felt that Money's defiant stance that a rematch with Maidana was up to the fans rang hollow. Khan would instead be the choice no matter what:

However, there is one hitch in that plan. As Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated pointed out, Ramadan won't end until July, so that leaves Khan little time for preparation:

Mayweather wants to fight in September, but Khan remains firm in suggesting that would be out of the question, per Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail:

I can’t be ready for that date. Ramadan doesn’t finish until the end of July and I would need three months in training camp after that to prepare for a fight of this magnitude. The earliest I can be back in the ring after my fight here is late October or early November and that will have to be against another opponent.

I’ve told Floyd that and he assures me I’m still on his list. Of course I am still pursuing the fight with him but the next window for that is this time next year.

Some fans will inevitably bring up the potential superfight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, but there's way too much preventing that from happening at the moment. You never say never in boxing, but Mayweather-Pacquiao is as close to never as you can get.

If Pacquiao and Khan are out for September, it's anybody's guess whom Money will select as his next opponent/victim.