Floyd Mayweather, JR., 43-0, 26 KO’s, sits in his small cell, eagerly awaiting his release from the joint. There are not many options for the 35 year old fighter that will equal the enormous payday that he is accustomed to. There aren’t many in the public that want to see him face Miguel Cotto again. That dance has been done and there is no doubt as to who would win. Floyd would probably stop him.
Manny Pacquiao, 54-4-2, 38 KO’s, talks a good game and reportedly went to Bob Arum and demanded a fight with Floyd, but I will believe it when I see it. The loss to Timothy Bradley should have lit a fire under the guy’s ass and got him to Fed-Ex a contract to the jail, agreeing to any and all terms. He has lost some face and a victory over Floyd would make things all better.
If not Pacquiao, who else is there? There’s one guy that draws an enormous crowd, is undefeated, and is trying to prove that he is the best in the world. That man is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 40-0-1, 29 KO’s. The light middleweight brawler is reminiscent of Julio Cesar Chavez, attacking the body with ferocity and beating his opponents into submission.
In his last fight, Canelo punished Sugar Shane Mosley for 12 rounds, taking the wide decision win and leaving the former champion a swollen mess. Floyd may have style and skill advantages, but the youth and ambition go to Alvarez. Out of anyone that currently laces up boxing gloves, Alvarez is the biggest threat to chop down Floyd. Pacquiao can’t do it and Cotto certainly cannot.
An Alvarez-Mayweather fight is huge money, but is it worth it for Alvarez to gamble? He’s the future of boxing and maybe a few more baby steps are in order. He’s only 21 years old and has plenty of time to mature, but with his talent and the recent displays of his abilities, it’s hard not to think of what a great fight he and Floyd would be.
I heard some rumblings that Alvarez may fight Ricardo Mayorga next. They’re digging that guy up again? How many times does he need to be face down on the floor before he realizes that the game doesn’t want him anymore? I hope that this is just nonsense and we see Alvarez against a live opponent and then with Mayweather, JR., should the Pacquiao fight not happen….which it won’t.