Lampley wonders if Mayweather will complete his six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS in 30 months
By Allan Fox: Jim Lampley, an HBO boxing analyst, is wondering whether Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take on top quality opposition with his new six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS.
Lampley has been watching Mayweather fight for HBO for years, but just this week Mayweather left HBO after receiving a huge money offer from Showtime for six-fights covering 30 months. Lampley questions Floyd Jr. will complete the six fights in the 30 months given his tendency to fight just once a year, if that.
Speaking with sportsradiointerviews.com, Lampley said “It’s a number that I don’t believe is going to take place. This is a guy that’s fighting once every year and a half for a long time...let’s see if any of those five fights in 30 months, if in fact they take place, are competitive. Or is Floyd going to use this to continue to book flights for which we know the outcome in advance?”
Lampley has a point. Can Mayweather fight six times in a 30 month period? Physically, Mayweather probably can as long as he doesn’t suffer bad cuts that take five to six months to heal. But Mayweather is going to have to resist the urge to disappear after he gets a big payday. If he does this then he’s not going to get those six fights done.
If Mayweather is going to fight mainly fighters at 147, then it’s going to be tough to find anyone that will be really competitive with him because the most dangerous fighter at that weight for him is Manny Pacquiao, and that’s a fight that likely will never happen.
Other than Pacquiao, the list of welterweights for Mayweather to fight is a thin one consisting of Kell Brook, Devon Alexander, Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Paulie Malignaggi, Randall Bailey and Keith Thurman.
All Mayweather has to do to milk his six-fight contract with Showtime is to face Alexander, Malignaggi, Berto, Ortiz and possibly Brook or Amir Khan. Those are all fights that Mayweather would likely dominate in one-sided fashion. Showtime might not care that the fights are competitive as long as the PPV numbers are in the 1 million PPV buy area.