The heirs to Mayweather’s throne
By Jl A common subject among boxing fans is who will become the p4p star once Floyd ‘money’ Mayweather Jr retires from the sport. Mayweather has two fights left on his contract with Showtime.
Both of these fights will take place this year so by November Floyd may have retired from the sport, I highly doubt he will continue to fight once his contract ends as with him being almost 40 I don’t see him risking the all important ‘0’ on his record.
Canelo Alvarez –
Alvarez has been built up over the years to be the next star of boxing, he has wins over Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout, Josesito Lopez and an array of other top level fighters. However, Alvarez lost a one sided decision to Mayweather in 2013 and since then has looked unimpressive. Even though Alvarez has a large following in the U.S and an even bigger one in Mexico, I don’t see him becoming the next star due to his vulnerability. He would get beat up by Golovkin and avoiding him would hurt his reputation.
Terence Crawford –
Crawford has looked impressive lately in wins over Raymundo Beltran and Yuriorkis Gamboa. He is currently fighting at lightweight but I don’t see any problem with him moving up to 140 or 147 to take on bigger challenges. He has yet to fight the elite fighters but based on his performances so far he looks like a guy that would take a lot to beat. As long as Crawford can get fighters like Mikey Garcia to fight him he should have no problem in securing p4p status.
Danny Garcia –
Garcia has been the centre of controversy for his last few fights. He was given the gift of life when he fought Mauricio Herrera and was matched against little lightweight Rod Salka in what could have been seen as the worst mismatch of 2014. He has a fight with Lamont Peterson soon which would be a good test regarding if he still can beat top opposition, but unless he can beat the likes of Manny Pacquiao and other top welterweights, I don’t see him being able to draw attention within the boxing community.
Gennady Golovkin –
This dangerous middleweight has looked extremely impressive in his recent fights and has a good test next month against Martin Murray, a guy that should allow us to gauge his abilities. However, like many other top prospects, Golovkin has been unable to secure fights against the likes of Miguel Cotto and Alvarez due to his scary power. As long as he can get these fight I see him as the next star but so far none of the elite middleweights or super middleweights seem to be in a rush to fight him.
There are other fighters that I could have mentioned but felt that these 4 are the most likely to achieve p4p status. Feel free to mention any other fighters in the comments who you feel will be future of boxing