It’s Floyd’s Choice. part 1
By Dean Gsell: With all the current rumors about who Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fighting next, none of them seem to be satisfying the rumors or the commenting fans. It’s funny but a lot of people would pay to see him fight a run down janitor in a parking lot, so long as he plans on finishing his career with a Sergio Martinez or Manny Pacquiao fight, and if were lucky both.
If Mayweather chooses an unexpected contender such as Devon Alexander who’s not a superstar fighter, the critics and some fans will claim that he’s ducking the challenging fights. That makes sense, but on the other hand some of the most exciting bouts have been when the little guy gets an unbelievable shot to shake up the world.
When Mike Tyson signed to fight Buster Douglas it was a joke, yet 23 years later it’s still talked about, and on T.V. once a month. How about when Muhammad Ali took on Chuck Wepner. Most of the fans shook their heads at the mismatch, but they were on the edge of their seats when Ali went down. They couldn’t help but respect Chuck when he bled his way out of the arena. Sometimes the underdog surprises us.
We all sneer until he exposes an opening that no one else could. None of us want to see a huge undefeated superstar take on a nobody. However the greatest, highest grossing boxing saga ever told was just that. Anybody remember a little story that goes by the name Rocky. You know the one about an undefeated, unchallenged champion that hand picked a low level club boxer that didn’t stand a chance, and we all know the rest.
It sold because it brought out the best in the audience. Now I’m not saying that Devon Alexander or Robert Guerrero is going to be holding the belt over their heads screaming “Adrian’, but what’s wrong with Mayweather giving them a shot while warming up for the big boys. He has been off for a while, so it should be justified.
The demand for a Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight is high, but I would like to see Floyd clear out the guys in his generation first. If the weight lined up a Sergio Martinez fight would be like two Ace Fighter Pilots playing missile tag. Sergio’s near vertical angle attacks should bring out the best in Floyd’s defense. Of course we all know the other candidate well, Pacquiao.
These two fights should be fought because they,re all near retirement and have been on our books for a while, and if Floyd still has it in him, take on the red head kid. Besides who knows he may not fight either current candidate on May 4th. Regardless Floyd has earned the right to choose, after all he’s dominated the big names all the way to the top.