At this point, you would have to had been living under a rock for the past 6 years or so to not know that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the ‘meal ticket’ when it comes to boxing spectacles. His last two fights alone generated well over 100+ million in revenue for himself if you tally up his pre-fight guarantees along with the back end money he’s expected to make off PPV sales. When boxers get into the ring with ‘Money”, well, that is exactly what they’re expect to earn in return; most of the time, this is when boxers earn their biggest career paydays. With that said, which boxer (or victim) is most qualified to earn their highest grossing payday to date against Floyd next spring? I compiled a list of potential candidates that will perhaps be in the running for the ”Money May” sweepstakes. I begin first with:
Danny Garcia (27-0, 16KOs)
Philadelphia’s undefeated WBC/WBA junior welterweight champ, Danny Garcia. All this guy does is defeat who the mass majority aren’t even expecting him to beat. This includes: Eric Morales (fight #1), Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, and the list goes on. While I believe this young lion would be in way over his head skill wise against Floyd, I do believe that he deserves at least a good payout against Mayweather, he’s paid his dues. If Canelo could get one this early in his career, then why not Danny?
Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs)
This one picked up a little steam right after Mayweather’s defeat over Cannel Alvarez. Rumors circulated that Khan decided to cancel his negotiations against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander for a Dec, 7th bout. Instead, it was cited that he wanted to postpone any activity and enter into the “Mayweather Sweepstakes”. Does he deserve this shot? NO, but this is a matter of economics. To quote one of my favorite movies, “Training Day”, Denzel was quoted as saying “It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove”; I’d like to revise that a little bit in this case by saying “It’s not what you deserve, it’s what you can provide or offer”. Amir has a very large UK fan-base which could in the end make this a very enticing selection for Floyd come May, 3rd.
Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs)
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing feud that Golden Boy and Mayweather promotions have with Top Rank, this one will probably never manifest. If Golden Boy and Mayweather promotions couldn’t ink a deal with Top Rank for Floyd to fight Pacquiao, then this one doesn’t stand a chance. Both fighters being on different networks doesn’t help matters much either. But, even minus the behind the scene politics, Bradley just doesn’t have a very strong fan-base; this is even after his victories over future hall of famers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. His low drawing power minus the politics would make this a hard sell as is. But, Floyd did give Robert Guerrero a shot, so, who knows?
Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs)
You can pretty much just read the above comment. Other than that, Manny has to still prove to the world that he’s not a “shot” fighter after that Marquez knockout. With all that said, there’s undoubtedly many hard core boxing fans and critics who would still love to see this fight. Where there are numbers there is $(money)$. Although the chances of this fight materializing for May, 3rd of next year are slim to none, money does talk. Whenever you have money calling, I’m quite sure Floyd has at least a ear on the phone.
As you can see, the pickings here are “slim to none” when it comes to Mayweather’s next opponent. The lack of competition is no fault of his, of course; it’s just the residual effect of being great. My prediction between who will win the “Money May Sweepstakes” is a toss up; I like Khan and Danny to stay atop my list. Khan will probably have the better chance due to economic reasoning and the type of fan-base he can generate. However, a large part of me still believes that the competitive nature that is deeply embedded within Floyd will prevail. I predict Floyd Mayweather Jr. to square off in the ring on May, 3rd, 2014 against the young lion, Danny Garcia. Floyd will still get a large chunk of money regardless of who he faces, but If he can defeat yet another young undefeated champion, it will do nothing but add on to his legacy. Who will ultimately win the “Money May Sweepstakes” is stil yet to be seen, but time will tell very soon.
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