Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still undefeated in his professional boxing career. It's been 44 fights and no one has managed to break the shell and end his reign.
It was a standard "Money" fight against Robert Guerrero and like 43 others (including quite frankly, a few better fighters), "Ghost" was unsuccessful and overall simply outclassed by the end of the final frame.
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It was a tepid fight last Saturday night (May 4, 2013) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as predicted, Mayweather would counterpunch in ones and a few twos, then clinch or get the heck out of Dodge.
No surprises, just another victory and a huge payday.
It's entirely possible that Mayweather will retire before anyone scrambles his eggs and his fans will laud him (incorrectly in my own, personal viewpoint) as the greatest boxer of all of time, one of the only to go his entire career without losing. Hell, he might retire tomorrow, even though he's said he plans on doing so in 30 months.
You just never know.
However, if Mayweather decides to cash a few more gigantic paychecks, then he's actually got quite a few options aside from the ubiquitous Manny Pacquiao showdown that everyone has been pining for.
Let's start there.
Even with Manny's (bovine excrement) loss to Timothy Bradley and planking incident against Juan Manuel Marquez, "Pacman" still captivates the country and the world the way very few pugilists have since the days of Evander Holyfield.
There is still no greater fight possible even in 2013 for boxing than this one right here.
It's a shame it won't happen. Competing promoters, greed, and quite frankly, scared nonsense from both sides, means we as combat sports fans will never get to see this fight happen.
What we might see however, are still more great possible notches on "Money's" belt if he takes them.
The winner of Marquez vs. Bradley would make a good deal of sense for Mayweather and his prevalence for hand-picking opponents that aren't all that threatening. Bradley isn't exactly a big power-puncher and Mayweather thoroughly dominated Marquez years ago.
These are still names, and Bradley would be a fresh face to add to the list.
There are other welterweights out there for Mayweather to cherry pick if he chooses to stay at this weight. Kell Brook is ranked number five in the weight class according to RING, despite not really being a well-known commodity. That would probably be a wasted payday for "Money," as that fight wouldn't captivate much of the American audience (although the Brits would turn out in droves).
Quite honestly, he's got a snowball's chance in hell of getting this fight.
One other man in this class might get a shot and that would be erstwhile guido Paulie Malignaggi, should he get past Adrien Broner in June. For that matter, Broner would certainly qualify as a great fight, however, I don't really see Broner landing this contest, as he's a knockout artiste par excellence, and I don't see Mayweather going after a dangerous opponent this late in his career.
Not with his legacy on the line.
Both Paulie and Brook would be dark horses in this race, and would be unlikely opponents over the winner of Bradley vs. Marquez.
Maybe the fight after this?
Since I'm throwing unlikely matches out there, here's one for you: Amir Khan.
Unlikely for a few reasons. First of all, different weight classes. Not far off, as boxing has a squidrillion weight classes three pounds apart, but still, either Floyd loses weight, which he doesn't seem to want to do, or Khan goes up to a new weight class. There's also the power from Khan. Again, I think Floyd would prefer a savvier boxer to abuse (Bradley) and not someone capable of catching him.
The only other name that would really get boxing fans excited would be the man known as "Cinnamon."
Saul Alvarez is the current junior middleweight champion and a bump back up to this weight class would be a huge deal for Mayweather. In fact, it would be kind of dangerous, which is why I don't see it happening just yet. Canelo is, after all, a very powerful puncher, capable of ending any fight on one swing and for the same reason I don't see Broner getting the shot, I don't think Alvarez gets it.
Those are the options, and for the TL;DR crowd, here's how I see this shaking down in order of likelihood:
1) Winner of Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez
2) Winner of Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi
3) Amir Khan
4) Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
5) Manny Pacquiao
6) Kell Brook/other
As for Robert Guerrero, he has a whole host of potential opponents available, as he hasn't really faced anyone else in the top 10 at welterweight. Honestly, pick a name out of a hat that isn't Andre Berto.
Have at it.