Who’s Next for Floyd Mayweather Jr?
By Nava: In the wake of another easy win for Floyd Money Mayweather Jr., what is next? Boxing fans get ready for a barrage of fighters stating their claim as Floyd’s next opponent. They will argue why they are worthy and why they should be the next in line? The problem here in lies with the lack of experience and chance of winning and whether Floyd will be willing to take risks.
On Sunday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought a young undefeated Mexican fighter in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. In spite of holding an impressive record, Canelo prove to be futile in his efforts to dethrone the reigning pound-for- pound king. After proving once again his defensive mastery in the ring, Mayweather has a decision to make. In the next few months, Floyd and his team will have to decide who will they step in the ring with next? The issue is who will buy his fights? Who will fans find intriguing enough to give their money for. Let’s be realistic, there are many fans who pay for PPV’s with the hope of watching Floyd lose and those few fans who watch Mayweather for his boxing expertise.
Unless Floyd begins to take physical risk and fights a game opponent at a division weight, there will be many fans who will no longer watch his pay-per-view. A few names come to mind fans believe would give Floyd trouble. Having already stated he would fight anyone between 154-170lbs, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, would pose a huge threat to Floyds “0”. The problem lies in that many believe he is too big. Other fans and will argue “why not?”, since he just fought Canelo who normally walks around at 170 anyway. One of the biggest factors that will eliminate this possibility is Floyd Mayweather himself. He will likely claim that “GGG” has very limited popularity and not a money draw.
Another opponent that comes to mind is Sergio Martinez. The question about Martinez is whether he will or not he still has the energy and ability to be the ring. His chin will stand the Mayweather attack, but can he use his speed and movement to control the fight? Martinez is coming off a question win against Martin Murray in Argentina and Floyd may also throw the idea that Martinez is too big. If the fight is made, Mayweather will likely drain him too.
The problem with a Danny Garcia is that fans who truly watch boxing understand that Mayweather will easily outbox him. Garcia, being the smaller man, would not have the body to impose himself on Floyd. Floyd will eliminate the power left hook and neutralize Garcia with his speed.
Finally, the fight that promoters will not let happen because of greed and Floyd, by many fans is viewed as ducking is with Manny Pacquiao. If the fight is made, much credibility will be gone from it. In spite of that, for Floyd this is the biggest “money” fight. Does Pacquiao pose a threat? Who knows? Many fans will argue yes, others no. The fact of the matter here is that Promotional companies are at odds and Floyd will want a lot of money. Pacquiao vs Floyd would be very interesting, at this point no one can bet against Floyd, but for the purpose of money, PPV’s, and fan content, this fight probably makes the most sense next.
In my opinion, I believe Floyd needs to take these fights into consideration.