Mayweather shows his class again, but what’s next?
By Rameez Haider: Last night we saw the Master class that is Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO’s) in beat Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Guerrero like Mayweather has moved up through the weights, and as he said himself, everyone he fought he has taken to the trenches. The way in which he dispatched of Andre Berto was a special performance from a very good boxer, yet he was made to look ordinary by an extra special talent.
This fight in many ways reminded me of the fight Mayweather had with Marquez.
The way Mayweather floated around the rig, the defensive skills tied in with the offense in that lead right hand was the kind of boxing we don’t get to see all that often as there aren’t many boxers to have graced the squared circle that are able to do what Mayweather did. Even the most hardened of fans who like to see a good old fashioned tear up simply have to take their hats off to the performance last night. In essence it was a boring fight simply down to the fact that Mayweather was that good in the ring.
People spoke before hand of whether Mayweather was past his best etc but for me that was one of the best performances I have seen from him in a while. The speed, the movement, the footwork and the combinations were in full affect and based on this performance there really is not anyone who I can see causing Mayweather problems. But what’s next for Mayweather? We all know Mayweather has five fights left but who might they be against?
Many people have spoken about a potential bout with Canelo Alvarez, but is he really worthy of a shot at this moment in time? Canelo beat average opposition in Hatton and Ryan Rhodes, looked average against Mosley and against Trout struggled to cope with someone with speed and skill and it is still debatable as to whether or not he won the fight.
I think Canelo is an exceptional talent but personally I feel he needs to prove himself more by taking on some other fighters. Personally I think he should be looking more upwards at fights with the likes of Chavez Jr or a Martinez at catch weights rather than looking at Mayweather. Maybe after another few fights against top quality opposition might this bout happen. Maybe even seeing Canelo fight a Pacquiao at a catch weight could even make sense.
For me personally I think Mayweather’s next fight will be against Tim Bradley. I say this as it is the logical fight for Mayweather to get another belt against an opponent who has beaten Pacquiao and also won his last bout. I feel if Mayweather was to take this fight, which I feel he would win comfortably, this would add to the argument of him being better than Pacquiao in his own mind, simply by the fact he would have dispatched of another opponent who beat Pacquiao, all be it by a decision I don’t agree with.
I feel his next fight would potentially be against either Devon Alexander or the winner of Golden Boy’s Light welterweight completion, i.e. the likes of Garcia, Peterson or Khan. Again I really don’t see any of these fighters causing Mayweather any sort of serious problems.
After this depending on where Canelo and Pacquiao are, potentially these fights could happen, but again do any of these fighters stand much chance against Mayweather? I truly believe that none of these fighters have a chance against Mayweather.
People need to understand whether they love or hate Mayweather and what he stands for, no one can deny the fact that when he steps into the ring, Mayweather possesses skills that no other in boxing today has. There is not any type of fighter he has not faced, and he has faced the majority of these in their primes and at their given weight and as he says 44 have tried, all have failed. I Think in 30 months time it will be a case of 49 have tried and all failed, and maybe then Floyd Mayweather will receive the credit his boxing skills deserve and his name will be cemented in boxing folklore as one of the best boxers to have ever graced the ring.
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