Who’s left for Floyd?
By Jamie Hesford: Everybody has been made aware of Floyd Mayweather’s big money six fight deal with Showtime. Here I try to find another five credible opponents Floyd could face within his weight range as he is usually unwilling to fight the same person twice. These are my top 5 (in no order) and how I think they would go…
Timothy Bradley – An obvious future opponent. Two technical fighters, both follow strict game plans and are equally as fit as one another. This could be an interesting match up for die hard boxing fans and the unbeaten records could mislead most people to buy the PPV. This fight would lack any rhythm and would be like a chess match… Only less exciting. It would be slow and Bradley would win a few rounds but Mayweather emerging victorious. Mayweather SD
Saul Alvarez – Seems to be in the pipeline already. Providing Canelo gets through his next fight. This would be a great match up. Two contrasting styles, both unbeaten and both big draws. I can see this being a massive PPV seller especially it being on September 14. I think this will have come too soon for Alvarez though and I feel Mayweather has too much skill to counter his brute force. He wont win without problems though.
Sergio Martinez – Arguably not in Floyd’s weight range but interest has been shown in making this happen. Depending on which weight this is made at this could be close. But I think we all know that this would be on Mayweather’s terms, therefore a weight drained Martinez at Light Middle weight would lead to a big advantage. Similar to Ward v Dawson.The only way I can see Floyd struggle is against a younger/fitter opponent.
Mayweather late round TKO
Austin Trout – Either Trout or Alvarez will vanish off this list after April 20. Should Trout win this would be a major upset for the Mexican fans and for Showtime, as Mayweather vs Trout is less appealing in terms off hype, politics and most certainly style. Everybody wants to see a Mexican fighter in a huge main event in May and September. If this fight happened I’m certain it would be another tactical battle but yet again I cant see Floyd losing. Although he would be the underdog, I still would consider Trout to be a worthy opponent.
Manny Pacquiao – Last but not least. Obviously it has lost most of its appeal, but people will still want clarity on who was the P4P best of their generation. I personally think it has already been confirmed but I’m sure some people still would like to see this happen. Two opposites in every sense. I no longer think this would be a PPV record breaker and due to this I don’t think it will ever happen. It was a toss up as to how the fight would be played out but now it seems quite clear that Manny can be beaten and is evidently on the decline.
Honourable mentions… Lamont Peterson, Juan M Marquez, Adrien Broner, Brandon Rios
There you have it. Five worthy opponents for Money Mayweather. It wasn’t easy and a lot depends on Floyd’s willingness to move up an down in weight. There is a case for Broner to be considered, but I think in the time it takes Broner to move up to Welter Floyd Mayweather will no longer be around.
I cannot see anyone beating Mayweather and I also think he has too much for Guerrero. Regardless of who he fights I will purchase the PPV. He has already retired once and these six upcoming fights may well be his last. Hopefully he can retain his legacy and I for one hope he retires undefeated.