Floyd Mayweather came into the MGM Grand Arena on Saturday night largely expected to continue his phenomenal winning streak against Robert Guerrero.
And "Money" Mayweather did not disappoint.
The 36-year-old superstar chalked up an impressive unanimous decision over Guerrero (117-111 per all three judges), and showcased the same skills that have made him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world at the moment—his elusiveness and swift counterattacking strengths.
However, the win itself won't be the talking point for too long, with everyone wanting to know when, where and who Mayweather will take on in his next pay-per-view bout.
Let's take a look how the win against Guerrero sets up Mayweather's next bout, and given the information that we have, who he's most likely to fight against next.
Contract With Showtime Networks Inc.
One thing that we knew already before this fight was as to Mayweather's current contract situation and how that will impact when and how often he fights in the future.
According to a release from Showtime Networks Inc:
The deal—a unique revenue-sharing arrangement between SHOWTIME PPV and Mayweather—will enable him to fight up to six times over a period of 30 months, with the first mega-event taking place on May 4, 2013, when Mayweather will fight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. More details of this upcoming event will be announced shortly.
Reports had begun to circle that Mayweather would fight twice in 2013, with his second bout potentially scheduled for Sept. 14. That is the day before Mexican Independence Day, which then had many believing that Mayweather could be lining up a fight with Canelo Alvarez.
No confirmation has yet been given regarding Alvarez, with the latest details surrounding Mayweather's hand potentially jeopardizing that.
Mayweather's Recent Hand Injury
Mayweather revealed after his victory over Guerrero that he had sustained a right-hand injury in the win, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix.
And whilst no information is yet known on the details of the injury or the severity of it, there is little doubting that it does affect Mayweather's future plans somewhat. After all, he did reportedly say that the injury hindered him greatly in the fight, so he's not going to want to fight again (or even begin proper training) until his hand is back to 100 percent.
Who his next bout is against, then, is seemingly very up in the air.
Mayweather refused to answer questions about fighting Alvarez after the fight, and didn't allow any insight into who his next opponent in the ring will be.
However, if the injury is serious, any September fight may be off the table.
Mayweather will have to schedule several fights into that 30-month period that his contract stipulates, which means that he will likely fight sometime in the next 12 months. But for those expecting that next fight to take place later in the year, you may well want to grab a rain-check on that one.
Potential Opponents to Take on Next
With the injury, then, Mayweather could well end up taking on one of a number of fighters in his next bout—starting with Alvarez, who has already been linked with a bout against the 36-year-old star fighter.
ESPN reports that Manny Pacquiao still wants to take on Money May—which would seemingly be the biggest headline fight in recent history. The report goes on to state that the decision as to whether that fight will take place rests solely with Mayweather, with the Pacquiao camp "in" if he's willing to fight.
Neither Devon Alexander nor Amir Khan have the appeal or credibility to take on Mayweather, and Sergio Martinez is out for the rest of the year—leaving just those two fighters next on the schedule. You'd have to think that Alvarez is the most likely, but then again, that depends on the complications and outcome of Mayweather's hand injury.
This win against Guerrero (and the subsequent hand injury) did more to complicate who Mayweather's next potential opponent will be rather than reveal it.
However, with Money May talking like he does, we'll no doubt know soon enough.
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