Sunday, 29 September 2013 18:39

Floyd Mayweather's next fight: Four possible opponents

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After cruising past Canelo Alvarez to reach 45-0, Floyd Mayweather left no doubt that he's still the best boxer pound for pound.
Now the question is who will he fight next?

Danny Garcia- Garcia was impressive in his 12 round unanimous decision over Lucas Matthysse on the Mayweather vs. Canelo undercard.

Since some felt the winner of Garcia vs. Matthysse would be the next in line to face Mayweather, Garcia is seen as the next likely opponent. A Mayweather vs. Garcia matchup would be another chance to build the fight with two undefeated fighters.

But after the way Mayweather disposed of another young fighter in Canelo, Garcia's team may want to wait until they see Mayweather slowing down before challenging the pound for pound king.

Amir Khan- Khan has been discussed as a possible opponent for Mayweather for years, especially since Mayweather expressed interest in fighting in the UK. But every time Khan was in line for a shot at Mayweather he would lose, most noticeably his knockout loss to Danny Garcia in July of 2012.

But if Khan is able to defeat Devon Alexander it could earn him a direct shot at Mayweather. What makes Khan an attractive opponent for Mayweather is the money he brings in from the UK and a suspect chin, which could lead to the 27th knockout of Mayweather's career.

Sergio Martinez- Martinez has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for Mayweather over the last few years. At one time, Martinez stated he could come down to 150 pounds to fight Mayweather. Since Mayweather just defeated a much larger man in Canelo, he may decide to move up in weight and challenge Martinez for the middleweight championship.

If Mayweather were to challenge Martinez, it would give him the opportunity to win a title in six different weight classes which would add to his legacy.

Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will probably never happen. One reason is the feud between Mayweather and Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum. Another reason is this potential mega fight has lost all of its luster after Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez.

But if Pacquiao is able to defeat Brandon Rios later this year and if Arum and Pacquaio acquiesce to Mayweather's demands on the fight details, anything is possible. Even though the fight will not be what it could have been if they fought years earlier, it's still a big fight that fans have been wanting to see since 2009.
Jason Leach

I was born in Queens NY, but currently reside in Hackensack NJ. Became a diehard boxing fan in the 1980’s watching Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.

I’ve enjoyed watching and talking about sports for as long as I can remember. In late 2012 I began to pursue a sports writing career with the Harlem Times. Within a few months I was covering events such as the Big East Tournament and the Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight at the Barclays Center.

Love boxing because of the Sweet Science, the history of great champions, and knowing at any moment a fight can be over with one punch.