Floyd “Money” Mayweather looked so good during his last outing against then-undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, figuring out his next opponent won’t be an easy task.
That’s because Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs) outclassed Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) when the two met inside the ring on Sept. 14, leaving his critics speechless once again as he schooled the latest man — and most credible recent opponent — the anti-Mayweather legion rallied behind, hoping to finally see boxing’s pound-for-pound king taste defeat for the first time.
The buildup for the fight was so intense; it propelled boxing to historic heights when the two squared up inside the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, bringing in a $20 million gate and 2.2 million pay-per-view buys that generated $150 million in revenue.
However, the success of the Mayweather vs. Canelo card only makes things more difficult moving forward as The Money Team, Golden Boy Promotions, and Showtime Promotions now have the tough task of finding Floyd’s next opponent.
While a bout against Sergio Martinez, however unlikely given the weight discrepancies between the two, is arguably Mayweather’s most challenging — thus most profitable — option moving forward, names like Timothy Bradley (assuming he gets past Juan Manuel Marquez), Danny Garcia, and, yes, even Manny Pacquiao are also being thrown around.
Golden Boy Promotions share holder, Bernard Hopkins, thinks Garcia (27-0-0, 16 KOs) is the best option for Mayweather right now.
“You have to be able to touch him to change that,” Hopkins said. “Styles make fights. The difference between Danny Garcia fighting Floyd Mayweather — if it is possible — and anybody else that Floyd Mayweather fought other than Shane Mosley, who did heavy work, is to be around the African American’s soul and spirit. To understand when a guy do this [shoulder roll] and a guy do that and you’re not squared up. Certain cultures have certain ways of approaching situations and when you get a guy who understands the chess game of why a guy uses offense to make defense because he is waiting to counter. … Danny Garcia will be in his gym and the gym in North Philly with guys like myself and younger guys who can emulate and imitate the Floyd style. You need to have the ability to adapt and adjust to the style.”
Garcia certainly has the heart of a champion, pulling of come-from-behind victories in a couple of his recent outings, the latest coming against Lucas Matthysse — whom he defeated via unanimous decision on the undercard of Mayweather vs. Canelo. That will give him an advantage of sorts against Floyd, considering the fact most of Mayweather’s opponents tend to break mentally inside the ring after a few rounds with Money.
Garcia likely won’t have that problem against Floyd, but he’s still nowhere close to Mayweather in terms of technical boxing skills.
Garcia struggled during the early rounds of his bout against Amir Khan, who proved to be the technically superior boxer when the two met in 2012. Danny would have probably lost that bout if Khan didn’t lose his composure when things got tough — like he’s prone to doing — throwing technique out of the window, reverting back to his brawling ways, which is never a smart thing to do against a tough, hard hitter like Garcia.
Floyd Mayweather doesn’t have that problem.