Without Manny Pacquiao, Who’s Floyd Mayweather’s Next Opponent?
Manny Pacquiao has officially moved on and will fight Antonio Margarito on November 13.
The talks between the Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao camps apparently never took place, according to Mayweather’s promoter Leonard Ellerbe.
Whatever the case may be, Mayweather has lost out on the most wanted fighter in professional boxing and now he needs to find another opponent to prove to the fans and himself that he is still the best in his respective sport.
Mayweather is arguably the most sought after boxer behind Pacquiao because of his undefeated record and reputation for drawing in big money fights.
That being said, here are a list of fighters who could get a chance of winning the Mayweather sweepstakes.
Andre Berto (26-0 20 KOs)
If Mayweather wants to fight someone who has a perfect record like him, then he should consider fighting undefeated prospect Andre Berto.
Not only does Berto have a great record, but he also has a remarkable knockout ratio. Berto knocks out nearly 77 percent of his opponents!
Berto was supposed to face off against Shane Mosley in March, however due to the devastating earthquake that ravaged Haiti, Berto (who is a Haitian-American) chose to pull out of the bout.
Although the Mosley-Berto fight didn’t happen, Berto still has a number of convincing fights under his belt. His most credible victories have come against Carlos Quitana, Juan Urango, Steve Forbes and Luis Callazo.
Berto’s strength and youthful determination could be enough to make for an interesting fight and land him a deal with Mayweather.
Sergio Martinez (35-2 24 KOs)
Martinez was Mayweather’s first option other than Pacquiao. After Mayweather beat Shane Mosley in May, Martinez was the only name mentioned besides Pacquiao as a viable opponent.
Martinez just destroyed middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik. Martinez is a hard-hitting slick-style boxer that could give Mayweather problems if he is accurate with his punches.
Martinez is a natural middleweight, but if he squares off with Mayweather, the fight will most likely take place at junior middleweight.
Miguel Cotto (35-2 28 KOs)
Cotto has officially rebounded. He looked absolutely flawless in his bout against undefeated prospect Yuri Foreman.
Cotto was considering retiring after losing to Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, but now he could be on the fast track back to the top of the rankings.
Mayweather was highly criticized for not fighting Cotto in the past and now might be the perfect time to redeem himself against one of the biggest names in boxing.
If Mayweather does fight Cotto, he will have to be cautious of Cotto’s haymakers. Cotto is known for his remarkable power. He was has knocked out 28 of the 37 boxers he’s fought.
Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0 23 KOs)
Undefeated WBO middleweight champ might be a long shot because he isn’t necessarily a popular fighter in the United States, however he does have some pretty impressive credentials.
Ukraine’s Dzinziruk has fought plenty of quality opponents with respectable records as well. Dzinzirk’s last five opponents have had a combined record of 135-5.
Dzinziruk’s record and rank in the junior middleweight division could be enough to entice Mayweather.