Speculation has been rampant on who will win the 'Floyd Mayweather Sweepstakes.'
Based on scheduling and promotional and network conflicts, there are only a few viable options for Floyd and a decision will probably be made within the next 3-4 weeks.
Here are six possible next fight opponents:
1. Amir Khan 31-3, 19 KOs- Of the fighters on this list, none would generate as much revenue as Amir Khan. He is an international superstar with over 1.6 million Twitter followers so there's reason to believe a Mayweather vs Khan bout could generate over 1 million pay per view (PPV) buys. Although he didn’t look impressive in his win over Chris Algieri in May, Khan is on a five fight win streak and has also defeated notable fighters Devon Alexander and Luis Collazo.
Since Mayweather and Khan are advised by Al Haymon, Floyd vs Khan, a bout that has been talked about since 2011, would be an easy fight to make.
Last year, a possible Mayweather vs. Khan match-up wasn’t possible due to Ramadan ending on July 27th. This year, however, Ramadan ends on July 17th which would give Khan a little more time to regain full strength after fasting.
2. Gennady Golovkin 33-0, 30 KOs- A fight with GGG would give Mayweather a chance to enhance his legacy even more by attempting to win a middleweight championship. If successful, Floyd would secure his sixth title in a different weight class. Stylistically, this match-up would also be intriguing because it would pit the best boxer pound for pound against arguably the best puncher pound for pound.
GGG is desperate to fight a big name for a big money, so he’ll easily acquiesce to Mayweather’s demands, including a catchweight.
However, there are several obstacles that would prevent this fight from happening.
Foremost, Mayweather hasn’t given any indication that he wants to move up to middleweight. Also, would this fight be big enough to warrant collaboation among rival networks, HBO and Showtime? It made sense these for the networks to strike a deal for Mayweather vs Pacquiao as everyone knew it would break PPV and revenue records. But Mayweather vs Golovkin wouldn’t draw anywhere near the 4.4 million pay per view buys Mayweather vs Pacquiao produced.
3. Keith Thurman 25-0, 21 KOs, 1 NC- Many feel Thurman is the future of the welterweight division. He continues to improve in each of his fights, and when you combine his youth with his punching power he becomes a formidable opponent for Mayweather.
A Floyd vs Thurman fight would be billed as the 'old lion versus young lion,' and as they say, "Someone’s 0 will have to go."
The problem is Thurman has a fight on July 11th against Luis Collazo which means he would have little virtually break in preparing for Mayweather. It’s very possible Thurman would be over-trained or body-fatigued should he accept a September showdown with Floyd.
4. Shawn Porter 26-1-1, 16 KOs- Porter is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Mayweather’s self-described 'little brother,' Adrien Broner. And the last fighter to beat Broner, Marcos Maidana, was able to get two fights against Mayweather.
Even though Porter is a former welterweight champion and has notable wins against Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi, his inability to draw mainstream interest along with his small fan base and lack of charisma make him a long shot for fighting Floyd Mayweather next.
5. Kell Brook 35-0, 24 KOs- Given Brook is the IBF welterweight champion, Mayweather vs Brook would be contested for all of the belts, making the winner the "undisputed" champion of the division - a rarity in boxing these days.
Although Brook has a strong fan base in the UK, he is not as popular there as Amir Khan, and he is still a relative unknown to casual boxing fans in the U.S. There’s also indication that Brook is close to finalizing a fight with Brandon Rios in September.
6. Timothy Bradley 32-1-1, 12 KOs- After his win over Jessie Vargas, some in boxing, particularly Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, mentioned Bradley as a possible next fight opponent for Mayweather. But, as with GGG, Floyd vs Tim would require some level of collaboration between HBO and Showtime. And given the lack of public demand for Mayweather vs Bradley, Tim is the least likely on this list to land the Mayweather fight.