The boxing world may have been holding its collective breath less than one month ago as the ring announcer read the judges' scores of the Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana fight, but “Money” Mayweather already has plans for his next bout.
SportsCenter filled fans in on the details:
THIS JUST IN: Floyd Mayweather's next fight will take place on September 13. Opponent and location are TBD. (via @danrafaelespn)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 20, 2014
Of course, the last time we saw Mayweather, he was tested by Maidana in a closer-than-expected fight. Maidana even controlled the first couple of rounds before Mayweather’s superior athleticism and defensive dexterity swung the tide.
Still, the fact that Maidana landed 221 punches on the undefeated champion turned some heads, even though Maidana approached the fight with an all-out offensive strategy and was connecting with air far more often than his opponent.
Mayweather did what he nearly always does, outmaneuvering and dodging Maidana's best shots.
It is only natural to speculate who the opponent may be for this next showdown. Perhaps a rematch with Maidana, considering how entertaining and competitive the recent clash was, would make sense.
Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe discussed as much, via Dan Rafael of ESPN.com:
He's definitely in the mix. He's a very dirty fighter. He used a lot of dirty tactics, but Floyd handled him easily and he gave the fans a great fight. But there's a long list of opponents. Everybody wants to be in the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes. Several guys have made it clear they want to be next.
There is little doubt that a rematch would generate plenty of interest, and it would give Mayweather a chance to maybe tweak his strategy against the aggressive Maidana. However, don’t be surprised, especially given the comments from Ellerbe, if it is someone else.
Robert Littal of BlackSportsOnline speculated about what is in store:
This really isn’t surprising, Mayweather didn’t suffered any serious injuries during his fight, so he is cleared to go in September.
What is interesting is that they did not say it would be at the MGM in Las Vegas. It will probably be a while before we find out who his opponent will be and where the fight will be held.
It won’t be Amir Khan for religious reasons, that really only leaves Maidana, but a wildcard opponent is always possible.
In a dream scenario, we would get the Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather clash that has been discussed for years, but ESPN’s outlandish Skip Bayless didn’t see that happening after Mayweather's last fight:
Now Floyd's calling for a rematch. Maidana says Floyd didn't fight like a man and says he won. NOW FLOYD CAN DUCK PACQUIAO EVEN LONGER.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 4, 2014
FLOYD KNOWS HE COULDN'T BEAT PACQUIAO RIGHT NOW.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 4, 2014
Whoever it is, as long as Mayweather is involved, it will generate plenty of buzz.