Floyd Mayweather Fight 2013: Best Contenders to Knock Money from Perfection

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IMay 5, 2013

May 4, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather holds his championship belt after his WBC Welterweight title fight defeating Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Floyd Mayweather extended his perfect record to 44-0 after defeating Robert Guerrero, which only intensifies the anticipation for his next bout.

As for whom Mayweather will put up against next, that remains unknown, as stated by Dan Rafael of ESPN.com:

His opponent for Sept. 14 is unclear, but that date falls on Mexican Independence Day weekend and the obvious opponent is Mexican star Canelo Alvarez, the unified junior middleweight champion. That's a megafight -- one that fans have been asking for.

In addition to the uncertainty of his next opponent, Mayweather is 36 years old and arguably past his prime.

Without question, he is still able to dominate, as evidenced by his unanimous decision win over Guerrero. However, Mayweather's career is on the back end, and according to Jon Saraceno of USA Today, only five fights are left for Money on his contract:

Fight fans who admire Mayweather's peerless ring rhythm won't be able to enjoy him long, and the champion reiterated that after his victory.

"I've got five more fights and I'm through with the sport,'' said Mayweather.

Therefore, let's check out which boxers are capable of knocking Mayweather from his pedestal of perfection.


Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

Currently sporting a record of 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts, Canelo Alvarez combines the power and mobility to counteract anything from Mayweather.

Interestingly enough, Alvarez would not need a high-powered attack to constantly try to break Mayweather's defense. His timing and efficiency are what could challenge Money the most.

Alvarez displayed impressive counterattacking in a win over Austin Trout, as well as the reactionary skills to connect when needed. This fight also went 12 rounds, because both fighters move smoothly when setting up and defend relatively well.

If anything, though, Alvarez's talent to adjust mid-fight would make him capable of upsetting Floyd as the bout progressed.

Austin Trout

Although Austin Trout lost to Alvarez, it was a tough match for each fighter.

With the reach to keep Mayweather's offense at bay, Trout would also bring the marksmanship to score consistently. Even though Money's defense is definitely among the best around, Trout also does have an edge regarding size when on the ropes or in the corner.

Factor in his southpaw approach, and Trout wouldn't leave many obvious openings for Money to attack. He's also been quite battle-tested recently, after having fought Alvarez and his most recent win coming against Miguel Cotto.

Manny Pacquiao

Certainly among the most popular matchups for Money would be Manny Pacquiao.

In a fight between two of the best boxers of this era, Pac-Man's ability to attack with combinations and land with precision could chip away at Mayweather's defense.

That said, Pac-Man constantly going on the offensive would leave him vulnerable to counter-punches. Mayweather supplies those with extreme accuracy to connect more often than not.

Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, also stated that a bout with Mayweather is open for Pac-Man, per ESPN on Friday:

"We're open to that fight, we've always wanted that fight," Koncz told iFilmLondon.

"We're willing to do the blood tests whenever and any kind of testing as long as Floyd does the same and we're willing to give him 60% and we'll take 40%."

Considering each is still among the top fighters, this showdown would be excellent for the sport and Mayweather's legacy.