Floyd Mayweather Must Consider These Boxers for Next Fight

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVMay 5, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) throws a left at Robert Guerrero during the fifth round of their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Saturday night's dominating victory further proved Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best active boxer on the planet. However, he must be careful about who he schedules next to continue improving his untarnished legacy with as many quality victories as possible.

Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero was a solid opponent for Money May to schedule on paper and made for some interesting hype going into fight night. But all of the questions about Mayweather's ring rust and physical shape were answered by fooling Guerrero all 12 rounds.

If the 36-year-old has aspirations of going down as one of boxing's legends, he must add victories against opponents who will make for the most exciting fight possible and pose the biggest threat to Mayweather's unblemished crown. 

Here's who Money May must at least consider as he figures out who will be his next victim.


Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

Other than the out-of-touch sports fans who want to see the Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao dream come true, a bout with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez would present the most high-profile fight for Mayweather to sell to the public.

Both fighters are represented by Golden Boy Promotions, which would make the fiscal side of the deal quite a bit simpler to hammer out.

Not to mention the contrast in age. Mayweather is 14 years the senior of the 22-year-old Alvarez, who boasts a similar—yet much less impressive—record of 42 wins with just one draw and no losses. Canelo is the WBC light middleweight champion and would allow Mayweather to add yet another belt to his incredible stockpile. 

The biggest allure for Mayweather is that Alvarez brings a huge amount of energy to the ring. Some fans were visibly displeased with the tempo and excitement of Saturday night's bout, and Money certainly needs to keep the public's perception in his thoughts when booking his next bout.


Victor Ortiz

Mayweather haters assemble! You may end up getting closure after all.

Most boxing fans weren't too pleased with the way Mayweather's 2011 bout with Victor Ortiz went down, as Money May threw what looked to some people as a cheap shot as Ortiz was offering a sportsmanlike hug after headbutting Mayweather and being penalized. The sucker punch resulted in a KO and Mayweather victory much to the chagrin of some of those watching.

Money May had shown dominance at times in that fight, but Ortiz was in the midst of a major surge and was punishing Mayweather before going down controversially. Boxing pot-stirrers have wondered ever since if his unblemished record would be gone had he not taken advantage of Ortiz's good-natured apology.

However, Ortiz lost his only appearance since facing Mayweather, and with a 29-4-2 record, it's unclear if he'd be a true threat to beat Mayweather. This fight may not be one of the biggest wins of Mayweather's career, but it will surely put away some demons. 


Amir Khan

There would have to be a weight-class disparity to address before this fight happens, but I think Amir Khan would bring a unique presence to the ring that would make for a fun fight.

The 28-3 boxer is coming off two straight victories after his MGM Grand letdown less than a year ago to Danny Garcia. He brings many of the same attributes to the ring as Mayweather—speed, elusiveness, endurance, powerful jabs—and would give Money fits at times due to those similarities.

Obviously, the difference in weight isn't ideal, and many would be asking the question going in if this was too much of a mismatch on paper. But Khan is one of the toughest fighters out there and would jump at the opportunity to prepare for such a fight, and he'd bring the excitement that Mayweather's last fight was lacking at times.

There aren't many worthy opponents for Mayweather's next fight, but Khan is one boxer who fans would love to see pitted against the undefeated Mayweather.


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