Floyd Mayweather has been rather quiet about whom his next opponent will be ever since his release from the Clark County Detention Center, but that is expected change pretty soon.
During a conversation with ESPN New York, Mayweather advisor, Richard Schaefer, said “Money” is expected to announce who his next opponent will be within the next week, and he even revealed the three names boxing’s pound-for-pound king is currently contemplating: Saul “Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, and Robert Guerrero.
Schaefer also indicated that Floyd Mayweather would probably lean towards where the money was, so Guerrero is probably at the bottom of the list.
That isn’t to say Guerrero isn’t deserving of a shot against Mayweather, as the Californian clearly proved that he belongs in the ring with the best boxers in the welterweight division during his last outing against Andre Berto. During their Nov. 24 encounter, Guerrero showed the technical savvy we have come to expect from him, but he also shocked us all with his ferocity and toughness against Berto. The smaller Guerrero bullied Andre throughout the fight, solidifying his status as one of the top-dogs at 147 pounds.
Unfortunately for Guerrero, he isn’t in the same league with Cotto and Alvarez in terms of popularity, and that will probably end up costing him the opportunity to fight Mayweather.
Cotto is currently set to face undefeated Austin Trout on Dec. 1, and he’ll have his work cut out for him. The timing of Mayweather’s announcement is not a coincidence, so it’s safe to assume Floyd is waiting to see how Cotto performs against Trout before he decides who he wants to fight next.
Given the three names Schaefer listed, Canelo seems like the most logical option for Mayweather. After initially being reluctant to fight Mayweather, Alvarez has had a change of heart, and he now feels he’s ready to test his skills against the sport’s pound-for-pound king.
Regardless of who Floyd Mayweather decides to face next, he deserves a lot of credit for his willingness to go after the toughest challengers available.