Well on his way to a 50-0 record, Floyd Mayweather is in the process of picking his next opponent from a rather slim group of offerings.
Much has been said about Mayweather's opponent selection in the past, but the fact remains that the state of the sport overall does not offer up top-tier opposition at the moment.
That said, Marcos Maidana proved to be better competition than anyone outside of his camp could have imagined, so don't scoff at future potential opponents for Money.
A number of realistic possibilities are in the cards, but at the end of the day, fans will have to wait for Mayweather to make his decision whenever he gets the urge. He has earned that right as the best in the world.
Quite the popular name in this regard, Danny Garcia has stumbled a bit as of late while trying to make himself a future Mayweather opponent.
Garcia's recent bout with Mauricio Herrera didn't exactly go down as planned, as ESPN's Nigel Collins helps to explain:
Garcia's ballyhooed return to his ancestral homeland of Puerto Rico was supposed to be a showcase fight aimed at helping enhance his appeal as a future opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. But after barely escaping a demanding struggle with Herrera, a fight with Mayweather any time soon should be classified as cruel and unusual punishment.
It wasn't just that the decision in Garcia's favor was highly questionable. The way light-punching Herrera smacked around a blood-smeared titleholder in the final round was eye-opening. Imagining what Mayweather would do to Garcia is cringe worthy.
Ouch. But remember, this all went down before Mayweather looked stunned in the first four rounds against Maidana. This isn't to suggest Mayweather has lost a step, but perhaps Garcia is a better opponent than we thought.
Plus, add in the fact Garcia would be coming up in weight. Maidana had a major weight advantage against Mayweather, who may not want to have to deal with that again after getting shocked early. Garcia also happens to be with Golden Boy.
Don't be surprised if Garcia gets the nod.
Fresh off a victory over Luis Collazo in the co-main event before Mayweather-Maidana, it's quite apparent that Amir Khan is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
The only thing stopping a potential fight is a schedule conflict. Bob Velin of USA Today has the scoop:
Ramadan. Khan is a Pakistani Muslim and says he cannot forgo Ramadan for a fight in September. And obviously he cannot fight while fasting.
Chances that Mayweather would move his next fight back to October are slim to none. He wants to control when and whom he fights. And he likes to fight in September, around the Mexican Independence weekend. He would never let an opponent dictate when he should fight.
This makes for quite the intriguing situation, especially because Mayweather has already made it clear he at least has an interest in fighting Khan:
Of course, this could have simply been jockeying to help out his buddy Adrien Broner, but the fact remains that Mayweather has Khan on his radar. If he's willing to push back his schedule a tad, fans would get a real treat in Mayweather-Khan.
Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto
Conventional wisdom says Mayweather will bide his time and wait to see who emerges from the June 7 bout between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto.
In a perfect world, it'll be the latter. Mayweather-Cotto II has a nice ring to it and would make the utmost cash possible in pay-per-view buys, which is surely the objective for Money at this stage of his career.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix concurs:
Martinez isn't a bad option either, but Mayweather's first bout with Cotto is often hailed as a great. Cotto has to win for a rematch to be a possibility, but it's the safest bet thanks to marketability and giving Mayweather a sound chance to remain undefeated.
This may be the fight Mayweather doesn't want, although he would never admit it. He's already said, per ESPN's Dan Rafael, that he's down for a rematch in September:
There are two thoughts about a rematch. One is rather simple—Money doesn't want it after struggling with Maidana's awkward, relentless style. Two is more likely—Mayweather has him figured out after dominating from the fifth round on, and a rematch would be rather ugly.
Regardless, a rematch isn't out of the question. Maidana thinks he won the first bout, and on top of that, he won't make as much cash fighting anyone else.
It all comes down to Mayweather. We'll find out if he opts for a second bout with a familiar face or a fight with new blood soon enough, but either way, the globe will tune in as he chases 50-0 in the twilight of his career.