Floyd Mayweather: 5 Possible Fighters to Face Pretty Boy Next
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced his intentions to return to the ring on May 5, 2012. Mayweather knocked out Victor Ortiz in his last fight, and is once again teasing fans with prospect of a Manny Pacquiao super-fight.
“Floyd made it very clear that he wants to give the fans the biggest fights that are out there. He wants to stay active,” Mayweather’s adviser Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.
“We’re looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella,” said Ellerbe.
Mayweather against Pacquiao is the fight the boxing world hopes to see. Here we discuss that fight, and what other options the Pretty Boy has if negotiations stall (again).
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is the undefeated WBC Light Middleweight world champion, and would earn recognition as a truly elite fighter if he put up a good showing against Mayweather.
Alvarez has a huge following in his native Mexico, and that would make any potential fight financially profitable. Mayweather would not gain any significant credibility with a win over Alvarez, but "Money" has never been shy about taking fights that make business sense.
Negotiations for this fight would go smoothly, as Alvarez is alongside Mayweather under the Golden Boy banner.
There was a time around four years ago when MIguel Cotto was a 32-0 Welterweight world champion, and was one of the most feared men in the sport.
Cotto was touted as a potential opponent for Mayweather back then, but his stock dropped when he was brutally knocked out by Antonio Margarito. At the time, the fight was seen as Cotto being exposed as a fighter not quite up to the elite level.
Ever since Margarito was involved in his hand wrap scandal and banned for cheating, that result is no longer perceived in quite the same fashion.
Cotto will face Margarito again at Madison Square Garden on November 3. If Cotto wins he could well find himself back in the Top 10 pound-for-pound list.
According to the Ring Magazine’s official rankings, Mayweather is both the No. 2 pound-for-pound, and No. 2 Welterweight fighter in the world. Cotto is listed as the No. 1 Light Middleweight, making this a very marketable fight.
Amir ‘King’ Khan currently holds the WBA Super and IBF Light Welterweight title belts. The fast and skilled English fighter is currently ranked by The Ring Magazine as the world’s No. 1 light welterweight, and would be a stiff challenge for Mayweather.
Khan is a regular training partner and close friend of Manny Pacquiao, and that ensures some bad blood should King Khan and "Money" ever do battle.
Khan is currently preparing to face Lamont Person in Washington, D.C. on December 10, and could turn his sights to Mayweather if successful.
A confident Khan has already claimed that Mayweather has agreed to fight him, and predicted that he will upset the odds and beat Floyd.
“Talks are already taking place. Mayweather has agreed to fight me but we can’t look too far ahead,” said Khan before looking ahead to a potential fight with Mayweather. “I think it is a timing game where a young, hungry fighter comes up and takes him out. I want to clean up boxing. He talks a lot of trash, disrespects fighters, disrespects presenters and I’d never do that, he should be the face of boxing in a good way, not a bad way.”
Such comments could well get under Mayweather’s skin, and he may want to teach Khan a lesson in respect between the ropes.
There are very few men in the world that Mayweather would not be a heavy favorite against if he fought them, but Argentine slugger Sergio Martinez may just be one of them.
Martinez is currently recognized as The Ring Magazine Middleweight champion, and is located one spot below No. 2 Mayweather in the pound-for-pound Top 10.
Martinez is a man nobody wants to fight at the moment, and has struggled to tie down quality opposition since he disposed of Paul Williams in the most brutal knockout win of this century.
Martinez spoke to the ABS-CBN News, dismissing Manny Pacquiao as “too small” while expressing his desire to lock horns with "Money."
“Floyd Mayweather? Most likely, that would be a fight that we could make,” said Martinez. “He’s a great fighter, and I would love to do it.”
The huge weight advantage could make Mayweather an underdog for this fight, but "Money" has always thrived on proving the doubters wrong.
This fight needs no explanation, it has been discussed, analyzed and predicted for years now.
This matchup has polarized the boxing community in a way rarely seen before, and would be the most highly anticipated fight of our generation.
Not only would "Money" earn a share of the highest revenue ever generated by a fight with Pacquiao, but he would have the chance to seal his legacy as one of the all-time greats of the sport with victory against Manny Pacquiao.
This is without doubt a fight that the world wants to see.