Floyd Mayweather: Who will replace 'Money May' as king of the welterweights?
After defeating Andre Berto last week to reach 49-0, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has chosen to abdicate his lofty throne and longtime status as Welterweight king.
The question on every fan of the Sweet Science's mind now is: Who replaces the old king as the division's newly crowned monarch?
The mix of veteran fighters and young lions vying for the recently vacated welterweight throne is interesting for sure. Let’s examine who can be the next super-nova of the 147 lb division.
Keith Thurman: We begin our list with the young, undefeated, refined power-punching Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0 22 KO).
At just 26 years of age, “One Time” has become the face of the Premiere Boxing Champions telecasts. His brutal, thrilling victories over faded ex-champions Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo have elevated the Floridian to the top of the division. Thurman’s mixture of power, athleticism, ring-generalship and of course concussive power have made him a top choice by many to replace Floyd as the new Tsar of the Welteright division.
Kell Brook: The undefeated (35-0 24 KO) “Special One” Kell Brook has befuddled opponents with a truly special mixture of speed and power. The bold, brash Brook has even gone on the record recently as stating that he will one day eclipse Floyd’s now legendary mark of 49-0. And with his signature victory over the classy “Showtime” Shawn Porter to win the IBF title late last year, who is to say that Brook couldn’t go on to that undefeated mark?
Timothy Bradley Jr: The decorated 2 division world champion is as tough as they come. At (32-1-1 12 KO) Bradley possesses the experience, toughness and world championship pedigree to perhaps replace Floyd as the next ruler of the Welterweight division. With a fine record of 11-1 in world title bouts, the 32 year old Californian has quietly put together a hall of fame worthy resume. He has done so by taking on and defeating all comers.
“Desert Storm” also holds signature victories over certified ring legends such as Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. His latest triumph over prime titleholder Jessie Vargas is testament that Tim still has plenty left in the tank to make a run at the top of the division.
It should be a great ring-war when Bradley meets Brandon Rios November 7th at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas Nevada.
Manny Pacquiao: Coming off a clear loss to “Money May” and at 36 years of age Pacquiao may be on the downside of a brilliant career. However, his recent thrashing of Chris Algieri and victories over Timothy Bradley and Brandon Rios suggest that perhaps the legendary “Pac Man” (57-6-2 38 KO) may be able to beat the younger guns of the division to take Floyd’s place as the division’s power-broker.
Pacquiao is already a house-hold name. He has achieved virtually every individual accolade one can in the sport of kings. The only thing left to motivate the legendary Filipino star may be claiming Floyd’s old spot atop the Welterweight division.
Amir Khan: What better way for Khan to rectify all the years of torment from Floyd’s cat and mouse game than to take the top spot in the division formerly occupied by the man who would never fight give him his shot? In his prime at 28 years of age, Khan (31-3 19 KO) is recently riding a 5 fight winning streak. This current streak includes four wins in a row over former world champions.
Perhaps the former unified 140 lb world champion could fight Kell Brook in a UK battle for Welterweight superiority.
Any one of these fine five fighters listed above could conceivably become heir to Floyd’s now vacated throne. Yet, only one will.
Stay tuned, it should be quite interesting to see who is coronated next at 147.