Who's Next for Floyd Mayweather? Four Possible Future Opponents
Floyd “Money” Mayweather put on yet another spectacular show against another unworthy opponent, when he fought “Sugar” Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand on May 1st. The only point at which the audience couldn’t tell Mayweather was in control was when he got hit by two hard Mosley punches. However, Mayweather recovered and left only question for audience at the end of the night: who’s next? Here’s a list of four of the most likely boxers to end up in the ring with Mayweather next.
Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2 37 KOs)
The Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight is long overdue. Both boxers are touted as the best fighters in the sport of boxing today, but the whole drug testing spat was major set back and ultimately ended negotiations before they began. After the Mosley fight, Mayweather said that he was still interested in fighting Pacquiao if he submits to Olympic style drug testing.
Floyd’s concerns of Pacquiao using performance enhancing drugs are justified. Not many fighters can jump six weight classes in the span of their career and win a belt in each. In fact, the only one who has is boxing great Oscar De La Hoya.
Either way, just like the sport of baseball, I don’t think the fans are concerned with the suspicions surrounding Pacquiao, they just want to see the matchup. The bout certainly would be a big moneymaker as well as a perfect competition of speed versus power.
Sergio Martinez (42-2-2 24 KOs)
Word of a potential Mayweather-Martinez fight arose quickly after the Mosley bout. Martinez is just coming off a dominant victory over Kelly Pavlik to claim the WBO and WBC middleweight championships—the first Venezuelan boxer to become a world champ.
However, we know that belts are nothing to Mayweather. He opted not to pay the three percent fee to the WBA in order to fight for Mosley’s welterweight belt.
Nevertheless, the idea has been tossed around to make this fight happen, and we could very well see Mayweather-Martinez before Mayweather-Pacquiao.
Andre Berto (26-0 20 KOs)
Berto is also a prime candidate to fight Mayweather. He was supposed to fight Mosley January 30th until the devastating 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, which lead to the creation of the Mayweather-Mosley fight in the first place. Berto is a Haitian-American who resides in Florida, and still has very strong ties to Haiti--including many friends and family members affected by the tragedy. In fact, Berto represented Haiti in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Berto is currently the reigning WBC welterweight champ and his last two fights were both convincing wins over two legitimate opponents (unanimous decision over Juan Urango and TKO against Carlos Quitana in the eighth.)
Paul Williams (39-1 27 KOs)
Williams would arguably pose the most interesting matchup if Mayweather and Pacquiao can’t reach terms. Williams always has a high punch output, usually throwing around 100 punches per round, which would put Mayweather in an interested position if he can’t match Williams’ productivity.
Williams’ height and length could also be a problem for Mayweather as well. Williams is a lanky 6’1” with 82 inch reach—10 inches more to Mayweather. Mayweather is already an outside type fighter, but he could find a hard time creating any offense against Williams if he can't get inside due to Williams’ superior reach.