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Who’s Next For Floyd Mayweather?

Submitted by on May 6, 2013 – 1:27 pm2 Comments

The countdown has officially begun.

30 months from now, Floyd Mayweather says that his boxing career will end. The new Showtime deal that Mayweather recently inked cites that Mayweather will fight “up to 6 times” during that span. On Saturday night, Mayweather scratched off his first of those six bouts by deconstructing Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero with a virtuoso performance and improving to 44-0.

Now what?

During the post fight press conference, the pound-for-pound kingpin spoke about his future plans. While stating that he hurt his hand midway through the Guerrero fight, he says that he will fight on September 14. Although many signs point to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez being his opponent, Mayweather wouldn’t state that the young Mexican would be his foe. But when you really think about it, who else can Mayweather fight that makes sense from both a financial and a competitive standpoint?

Considering the state of the 147 and 154 divisions, Mayweather’s options are rather slim. While Manny Pacquiao used to be the name on the top of the list, the fact that Mayweather and Pacquiao’s Top Rank Promotions couldn’t come to terms, coupled with Pacquiao’s devastating knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez, scratches his name off the list.

Both Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley are also Top Rank fighters and they meet in September. The winner would have to likely leave Top Rank in order to set themselves up with a Mayweather fight. The rest of the division is filled with fighters that make little to no sense.

If you look a weight class down, there are a few slightly intriguing options in Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse and Lamont Peterson. But none have a strong drawing power. Even Amir Khan, whose stock continues to drop with each fight, could get the call, but who would really want to see it?

Sergio Martinez was also an option at one point. But with knee surgery on the horizon and a broken left hand, he’ll be out until 2014. That fight could happen but Martinez fights at 160 pounds and would likely have to come down to 154 to face Mayweather.

As you can see, the options are thin. But Floyd Mayweather has stood firm in staying busy over the next 30 months. Whom will he fight? We’ll have to wait and see. Unfortunately, none of these opponents (aside from Canelo) carry much intrigue.

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