Floyd Mayweather Jr: Where Does He Go from Here?

Tim HarrisonContributor ISeptember 25, 2009

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles in the ring during his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

After Floyd Mayweather's one-sided domination of Juan Manuel Marquez, the boxing world is left with many questions as to his next move. Most (including myself) feel that fights with Shane Mosely or the Pacquiao-Cotto winner are the biggest money fights that matter the most.

It is my theory that Mayweather has gained the upper hand in negotiations in a potential showdown with Manny Pacquiao after his clear-cut domination over a man that Pacquiao struggled to a draw (a fight most think he won) and a split decision (which most think he lost).

Early reports have Mayweather and Marquez's pay-per-view numbers at 800,000 already and expected to top 1 million, which would out sell both of Pacquiao's fights with Marquez combined.

I mention PPV numbers because that eliminates the possibility that Top Rank (Pacquiao's promoter) would ask for an uneven revenue split, catch-weight, or a smaller ring.

The legions of Mayweather haters will say that Floyd was picking on a smaller man, leaving out the fact that Marquez publicly called out Mayweather, not the other way around. They may also say that Pacquiao is the naturally smaller man, having started his career at 106 pounds.

Unbeknown to the legions of Mayweather haters is the fact that Pacquiao only fought three times at the weight at the ages of 16 and 17, while making weight only twice. It should also be pointed out that Pacquiao gains 20-30 (sometimes more) pounds in between fights, while Mayweather, fighting only four times at Welterweight (147 lbs) is never more than 5-10 pounds off his fighting weight.

While a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao is attractive as hell, I fear Top Rank may not be as willing to make the fight as they once were. As said before, Mayweather walked over Pacquiao's stiffest rival as if he were a sparring partner.

Should Pacquiao struggle with Cotto, as I believe he will, a rematch would be in high demand. Should Pacquiao lose to Cotto, a rematch would also be in order. Most believe that Pacquiao will blow Cotto out of the ring within six round.

If you want to read my analysis of the fighters and how their styles fare against each other, stay tuned in the coming weeks, I won't go into detail today.

In addition, Mosely is currently in negotiations with a December or January fight with WBC Welterweight title holder Andre Berto, making his availability subject to a limited window. I don't see the Pacquiao or Cotto fight being etched in stone.

If I had Leonard Ellerbe's (Floyd's adviser and business manager) ear, I would advise him to steal Mosely from Berto. Following Mosely's Kanye West-style hijacking of Floyd's post-fight interview the buzz about the fight couldn't be higher.

Will we see the sports pound-for-pound king sign to fight the interim pound-for-pound king, or the rejuvenated Shane Mosely? Stay tuned for the details as they unfold. Thanks for reading, and check back soon.