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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Two possible opponents for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s started contractual obligation to his massive 6-fight deal with Showtime with a fight against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in May. The undefeated Mayweather won with ease via unanimous decision. The ongoing question is who he will fight next?

Here are my top three possible opponents for the highest paid athlete for two consecutive years.

Devon Alexander

Before the Mayweather-Guerrero fight, boxing insiders were already talking that Guerrero deserves the jackpot to fight Mayweather because of his gutsy performance against Andre Berto.

However, to the surprise of many, Mayweather tweet that negotiations for a fight with Devon Alexander are almost done.

“The negotiations for my fight are almost done. The front runner is IBF Champion Devon Alexander. It’d be a unification bout at welterweight.” 

Nevertheless, Mayweather-Alexander fight did not materialize because Alexander was already under contractual obligation to defend his IBF title against Kell Brook. And Alexander also injured his biceps during training that made it uncertain if he will be able to fight on Cinco de Mayo.

Mayweather and Alexander won their last fight and the obvious interest of the former to fight the latter; I don’t see any reason for this fight not to happen.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez

The Mayweather-Guerrero fight originally had Alvarez-Trout bout as part of the undercard.  Alvarez, marketing wise could add his Mexican fan for Showtime’s Cinco de Mayo boxing event.
However, Alvarez pulled out from the card because Mayweather Jr. refuse to put into writing a verbal agreement to fight Canelo next.

“I'm tired of being accessible to fight him, since he never was real in what he was talking. The truth is he does not want to fight me. I will continue doing my own history."

With the above being said by Alvarez doesn’t mean it erased the fact that sharing spotlight with Mayweather Jr. will give him the richest paycheck so far in his career.  Money being a proven motivator could lure Canelo to fight Mayweather Jr.  And agree to all his (Floyd) conditions.

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