Alexander is the perfect fight to get Mayweather ready for Pacquiao
By Chris Williams: There could be another reason for why WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has selected IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander to fight on May 4th instead another opponent. Alexander, 25, is a southpaw, and he’s the ideal opponent for Mayweather to get ready for a mega fight with the southpaw Manny Pacquiao for later in 2013 if the fight can be made.
Mayweather is a brilliant planner, and he’s always thinking well ahead of his opposition. If he can get a fight with the speedy southpaw Alexander, it would be the perfect tune-up to get him ready for Pacquiao.
Mayweather wasn’t happy to see Pacquiao get knocked out cold recently by Juan Manuel Marquez, and he must know that the Filipino is starting to lose his skills and probably doesn’t have much more than a year or two left in his career before he starts taking losses left and right even when matched softly.
If Mayweather doesn’t take the fight with Pacquiao now then the opportunity will be forever lost because Pacquiao will likely lose to Marquez if they get matched against each other in September or if Pacquiao is thrown into the ring with Tim Bradley or Brandon Rios.
Marquez is too strong for Pacquiao now, and Bradley and Rios are too young for him. Mayweather obviously has seen how Pacquiao is starting to look feeble in the ring, and he can’t just let that cash go away by letting Marquez beat him again or have Bradley take him down for a second time.
The money will disappear quick if Pacquiao keeps getting beat, and he likely will keep losing. What Bradley did to him is something other fighters can do as well, and Mayweather won’t want to lose his best chance to get a huge payday that will have him living comfortable for the rest of his life unless he gambles it all away.