The self proclaimed “TBE” (The Best Ever) Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26KO’s), recently overcame his latest foe, former welterweight titlist Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31KO’s) in a rematch of their May 5 bout last weekend at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Winning via a unanimous decision by scores of 115-112 and 116-111 twice, the five division world champion dominated the rematch in such a fashion that left boxing fans wondering what all the hype leading up to the fight was actually really about.
Maidana made the decision of not mauling Mayweather nor sustaining his somewhat unconventional attacks from earlier this year. Instead he over-thought the whole process and tried to box at mid range against the pound-for-pound champion; to the Argentinian’s dismay, the plan failed.
Even theoretically it was never going to work. We’d of love to seen the thinking behind that activity diagram.
Anyway, Floyd appears by all accounts to have two fights left on his current television deal with Showtime; one on the “Cinco de Mayo” weekend in May and one on Mexican Independence Day in September 2015.
So who are his likely opponents for these two dates?
Who would we all like to be his opponents? Who most likely won’t be?
Let’s take a look at the latter first and pick two fights we’d all undoubtedly get hot and heavy over.
Unlikely matchups – let’s pick some opponents for the sake of good humour:
Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27KO’s) – Current Super WBA middleweight champion
Okay, we acknowledge Golovkin is a fully fledged middleweight, we also realise Floyd fights at his walking around weight of around 150 pounds. We also realise that if he depleted himself of water hydration (like most fighters making weight) he could most certainly make light welterweight. There is a size disparity, but it’s a fight everybody would like to see.
To be described as “TBE” you simply have to test yourself against the best.
Roberto Duran was arguably the best lightweight which ever lived; a shot version of Duran went up to middleweight late in his career and claimed a version of the title. He is widely considered as one of the greatest of all time. His legacy stands up to scrutiny – he took the gamble, it didn’t always pay off but he’s adored in the hearts of fight fans for eternity.
Sugar Ray Leonard had fought just once in five years (’82-’87), and despite never fighting above junior middleweight, challenged Marvin Hagler for his WBC middleweight title and won; Hagler had been champion for seven years and knocked out his last four opponents.
Floyd has won linearity at junior middleweight with somewhat ease against Canelo Alvarez.
Alvarez apparently weighed in on the night of the fight at around 170 pounds – outweighing Mayweather by over 20 pounds in weight – would Golovkin come in much heavier than that?
Looking at the frames of the two fighters we’d have to say no, not by much, he has even offered to meet “Money” at junior middleweight.
With Golovkin fighting on HBO and Mayweather on Showtime, this fight is likely a no. It’s not great the way television works is it?
Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38KO’s) – Current WBO welterweight champion
There are realms of distinct possibility, then there is hope, we’re more likely to get Bob Hope than see this occur.
We’re not going to bother even questioning why this fight should be made or should not be made. Quite frankly we’d rather watch paint dry than talk about it any more.
Blame either fighter, blame Bob Arum, blame Al Haymon, blame whoever you like it still won’t make the blindest bit of difference.
Boxing fans have been robbed of this decade’s super-fight, the one match up which could have netted each fighter over a $100 Million dollars a piece at one point – merely pocket change really.
All we can quite categorically say is actual greats like Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and alike can all rest assured their legacies aren’t going to be bettered by either of these fighters. Maybe in monetary terms yes, but in terms of opponent credibility – keep jogging. Snore.
Well what’s likely to, or could happen?
Amir Khan (29-3, 19KO’s) – Former junior welterweight unified champion
This fight is definitely possible. It’s certainly attractive for fans both sides of the Atlantic. Both Khan and Mayweather have large fan bases in each other’s countries as well as their own.
Amir Khan is an attractive option. He brought a considerable number of viewers to television screens on a regular basis on both his time at HBO and Showtime. The Brit has severe hand speed for an opponent – something we haven’t seen from a Mayweather foe since Zab Judah in 2006 and has just beaten a credible opponent at 147 pounds in Luis Collazo last May.
If a scheduled bout against Josesito Lopez comes to fruition in December of this year as predicted and Khan wins, (Lopez did upset Victor Ortiz) then the fight should come to fruition as early as May 2015.
Danny Garcia (29-0, 17KO’s) – Current Ring Magazine/WBC/WBA light welterweight champion
It’s a possibility, not a probability. Garcia rolls with the same manager as Mayweather in Al Haymon. Good ol’ Al has steered the Philadelphian into some high paying not so competitive match-ups at light welterweight in Salka and Herrera (Herrera wasn’t supposed to be competitive) on Showtime in his last two fights.
This whole Garcia situation practically screams of “Swift” being stalled at 140 pounds waiting for Floyd to retire or even move up in weight.
Haymon would undoubtedly engineer him an opportunity to fight for Floyd’s vacant titles, just to avoid fighting the Las Vegas native and losing the fabled “O”.
Powerful Al has to have a new poster boy once Floyd retires right?
After the dominant victory against the #2 guy in the division Lucas Matthysse on “The One” card headlined by Mayweather vs Canelo last September, Garcia had cleaned up at junior welterweight and should have moved seven pounds north to welterweight.
Lamont Peterson had been knocked out by Matthysse already, nothing was left to prove there.
Something stinks about the whole situation.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31KO’s) – Former junior middleweight unified champion
Being outpointed by Floyd Mayweather isn’t the world’s greatest tragedy, the hefty pay check and name recognition for the rest of your career sees to that.
At 23, Golden Boy always knew Canelo would come again after an inevitable defeat to the five division world champion and the money to be made was so lucrative for all parties that it was just a no brainer to turn down.
Canelo has picked up two solid wins since the defeat, against Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara and appeared on his own Showtime PPV.
If he keeps winning, why shouldn’t he be in the reckoning for the rematch? They’re all the rage nowadays with your Castillo’s and Maidana’s.
Providing the Mexican comes past the test of a finished Joshua Clottey in December, expect a big push from Team Canelo to secure that rematch and ultimately tens of millions of dollars for their young charge.
Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32KO’s) – Current Ring Magazine/WBC middleweight champion
Yes we know Cotto didn’t beat the best Sergio Martinez for the middleweight crown and that he will probably vacate the belt rather than defend it, but lets look at the possibilities here.
With new trainer Freddie Roach and his unwavering commitments to Manny Pacquiao, Cotto has decided to take the rest of the year off and fight again sometime in early 2015.
Understandable from the Puerto Rican’s point of view but could he see a potentially bigger money making opportunity on the horizon? He is an astute businessman after all.
If he were to fight in December against a middleweight contender, then as quite a small middleweight himself he could likely lose his newly acquired title or even worse get injured.
If he dropped back down to junior middleweight, is there an easy title to pick up there?
Demetrius Andrade and Erislandy Lara both hold titles, but both are too tricky and awkward (reference Austin Trout fight) – no thanks.
However if he was to take the rest of the year off, being a prestigious name within the sport, the WBC would undoubtedly not force him to defend his title until sometime next year, over six months after winning it.
Miguel Cotto is not aligned to any network, nor any promotional company but his own.
Who is a comparatively smaller fighter than Miguel, who Miguel feels he was close to beating the first time around, who suddenly after years of dissing now likes the idea of a catch weight, who may well be looking for a world title in a sixth division to placate an ever growing ego supporting the mantra of “TBE” and undoubtedly brings more money to the table than anybody else?
You guessed it. Floyd Mayweather.
We’ll see how it all works out. The only thing we can hope is the recent PPV numbers don’t stack up with the Showtime exec Stephen Espinoza and he really pushes for a mega fight.
We want to see the best fight the best. We don’t want another weekend or card like “Mayhem”.
Two fights left Mr Mayweather – build your legend.