Guerrero vs Mayweather: Opponents Money Must Target for Next Fight

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IMay 5, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his unanimous decision victory against Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather's easy victory over Robert Guerrero proves he needs stiffer competition in the future, and there are a few boxers capable of giving him a bigger challenge.

The way Money May dominated The Ghost on Saturday night, however, it seems unlikely that any welterweight on the planet is capable of defeating him. 

That said, Mayweather must challenge the best of the best to truly cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport. 

Sure, it was fun watching Money toy with Guerrero, but after a while it was all too obvious that Mayweather's victory was well in hand. If his victories continue to come against lesser opponents and are as easily won, fans will begin to tune out.

In order for Mayweather to continue compelling fans to shell out big cash to watch his fights ($69.95 suggested retail price for HD viewing of his fight against Guerrero), Money May must target boxers that are better suited to challenge his supremacy.

Here are the fighters who Mayweather must target for his upcoming fights.

 

Manny Pacquiao

It's remarkable that these two men haven't already faced off in the ring. 

Pacquiao is the second-ranked welterweight in the world, according to IBOBoxing.com. It's true that he has lost his last two fights, and there's no doubt his career is nearing an end, but if these two men were to agree to a fight, it would undoubtedly be the most-watched fight in pay-per-view history.

Both boxers are top-drawing PPV fighters with massive fanbases. Based on the amount of money alone Mayweather would earn, he should sign up for this fight. 

They are both elite boxers with decades of experience, and it would be a shame if they never face one another before they retire.

Unfortunately, the odds of this fight actually happening are slim...or worse. There have been ample opportunities for these fighters to get a deal done, but there's always something standing in the way.

 

Timothy Bradley

Undefeated vs. Undefeated is always a compelling battle. 

Bradley is the current WBO welterweight champion and has a record of 30-0. His victory over Pacquiao last year was mired in controversy, but that doesn't change the fact that Bradley is one of the top welterweight fighters in the world. 

Provided Bradley defeats Juan Manuel Márquez in September, Mayweather must target him for a future fight before he retires. 

If you believe the Golden Boy himself, however, this is a fight that will "never" happen. Oscar De La Hoya told ThaBoxingVoice.com (via BoxingNews24.com) back in January that Bradley would "never" fight Mayweather. 

If there's any way to make it happen, though, Mayweather must fight Bradley.

 

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

Alvarez is the top-ranked junior middleweight in the world and has an undefeated record of 42-0-1.

In order for a fight to happen between Alvarez and Mayweather, one of them would have to move up or down a weight class. 

Such a move certainly isn't unprecedented, however. Money May moved up to face Miguel Cotto last year, and should he make the decision to move up to Alvarez's weight class, it would pave the way for one of the most highly anticipated fights in recent history.

Alvarez has won 31 of his 43 fights by way of knockout, and should Mayweather find a way to impose his will against this imposing challenger, it would cement his legacy as the top pound-for-pound fighter in modern boxing.

 

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