Mayweather says he’ll be facing a “solid guy” next
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in Shelton, Washington last night to watch the card at the Little Creek Casino Resort, headlined by middleweight J’Leon Love vs. Lajuan Simon. When Mayweather was asked by Showtime whether he’d be fighting Amir Khan next, he refused to answer in the affirmative if that fight is taking place or not.
Mayweather said “Whoever it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be a solid guy. I’ll be fighting in May and I’ll be fighting in September.”
With Mayweather saying he’ll be fighting a solid guy in his next fight, it leaves a question of whether it’s going to be someone other than Khan that he’ll be in the ring with, because Khan really isn’t considered a solid guy in the minds of a lot of fans. Khan is seen as a fragile fighter with two defeats in his last four fights, and a very shaky win in his last fight against Julio Diaz last April.
That was supposed to be a fight which would introduce Khan to the welterweight division, and he was supposed to look good in that fight. But he ended up getting rocked by a left hook in the 4th and knocked down. Diaz continued to hurt Khan for the remainder of the fight off and on while in the process of losing a close 12 round unanimous decision.
If it’s not going to be Khan then the only solid guys that Mayweather could fight are guys like Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander, Keith Thurman and the winner of the Erislandy Lara vs. Austin Trout fight. If Mayweather is only interested in fighting a welterweight then that would leave just Alexander and Thurman unless he’s interested in fighting the winner of the Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana fight. You would have to assume that Kell Brook won’t be an option for this fight. He’s not well known enough in the United States for Mayweather to select him as an opponent.
Mayweather needs a fighter that can help draw PPV buys and he doesn’t have much to work with unless he picks his friend Broner. That might take a lot of convincing on Mayweather’s part to get Broner to agree to the fight. But there’s major questions whether Broner will get past his opponent Marcos Maidana this month in their fight on December 14th.