Floyd Mayweather next fight: Options not what you thinkWritten by Leroy Cleveland
After cruising to a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao last night, Floyd Mayweather insisted his final bout will be in September.
Moreover, he plans to relinquish all of his titles Monday.
So who will Floyd Mayweather fight next?
(Photo courtesy of HBO Inside Boxing, Will Hart and Ed Mulholland)
Read between the lines...
He's just won the biggest fight of his career and no opponent can come close to equaling Manny Pacquiao's stature and the revenue generated last night.
Given his next fight will be his last hurrah and he won't be obligated to face a mandatory challenger, don't expect to see him against a tough thoroughbred like Keith Thurman, Terence Crawford, Amir Khan or Kell Brook.
Floyd's next fight will be his 'farewell party' and a victory lap of sorts.
Victor Ortiz - Their first fight in 2011, highly exciting, ended in controversy so there is a revenge factor. Moreover, the charismatic Ortiz is a recognized name and has a compelling life story, pre and post his bout with Floyd a few years ago.
A rematch would be a continuation of Round 4. Hardcore will shake their heads but a few casual fans may bite.
Josesito Lopez - The crowd-pleasing 'Riverside Rocky' is made-to-order for Floyd but is good enough give a spirited effort. Likable and blue collar, Lopez, in some ways, would be a real-life 'Rocky Balboa' should he face Floyd next. He's the type of underdog the public may get behind and the storyline, if packaged properly, may be good enough for CBS/Showtime to almost break even.
Andre Berto - Floyd and Berto were expected to fight in September 2011 before the latter was upset by Ortiz earlier that year. Andre has been featured on HBO and Showtime numerous times and has a good, recent win over Josesito Lopez on national television. Was it enough to be Floyd's final dance partner?
Humberto Soto - A former multiple division champion, Soto, a super lightweight and winner of his last seven, upset John Molina Jr in September and faces Frankie Gomez next week.
K9 Bundrage - Will Floyd, in his final bout, attempt to win yet another world title? Forty-two year old IBF jr middleweight champion Cornelius K9 Bundrage has fought on Showtime numerous times and is no stranger to hardcore fans. Bundrage's world title and punching prowess make him an attractive option. Moreover, he's fresh off a Fall 2014 upset over the gritty, difficult-to-look-good-against Carlos Molina.
Given Floyd's ego, don't be surprised if he'll want to retire after having just won a title.