Wins: 54 Wins by KO: 38 Losses: 3 Draws: 2
Regardless of all their past beefs, and despite the undeniable resentment that Floyd Mayweather clearly has towards Manny Pacquiao and his place among the Sweet Science’s elite, this would be the best fight for all involved. Even if Mayweather were to lose the Filipino champion and blemish his perfect record, nobody would really hold it against him because of the caliber of fighter that Pacquiao is recognized as. If Mayweather were to drop a bout to a Miguel Cotto-like opponent, though, his legacy would instantly take a hit.
Wins: 49 Wins by KO: 28 Losses: 2 Draws: 2
Sergio Martinez is 37 years old and desperately needs a big time fight. This is a guy who has arguably been the best fighter over the last 10 years that nobody has ever heard of. He’s already made it clear that he will sacrifice anything and everything that Floyd Mayweather demands in order to lock this match up. Does he have a legitimate chance of winning, if this were to happen? No doubt. Will Mayweather, realizing this, be less inclined to fight him? No doubt.
Wins: 26 Wins by KO: 18 Losses: 2
Amir Khan would theoretically be a fantastic opponent for Floyd Mayweather, but his recent loss to Lamont Peterson really opened a lot of people's eyes to how young he still is. At 25 years old Khan is already one of the premiere fighters in the world, but he’s still a little raw to get a shot at arguably the best pounder-for-pounder around. Murmurs from Mayweather’s camp have indicated as much. Common wisdom says that Khan should get a shot at the undefeated champ eventually, but that he needs a bit more seasoning.
Wins: 40 Wins by KO: 29 Losses: 0 Draws: 1
There is something alluring about the prospect of putting together a fight between two undefeated boxing champions – and that’s no doubt why Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez versus Floyd Mayweather appeared to be the bout we’d get last Saturday before Miguel Cotto swooped in. If Amir Khan is considered a little green for Mayweather to fight at this point, though, the same theory should apply to Canelo. That said, between his dominant showing against Shane Mosley and the fact that Mayweather already seemed down to fight him once before, the WBC Light Middleweight Champion seems like as good a guess as any for who Mayweather will fight next.
Wins: 29 Wins by KO: 22 Losses: 3 Draws: 2
The tagline for this rematch is obvious: Can Floyd Mayweather defeat Victor Ortiz without sucker-punching him? There is no doubt that Ortiz was having a bit of success right before he got hit with that infamous KO blow from Mayweather, but a lot of that was due to the shady headbutts he was lobbing in the undefeated champ’s direction. Still, presuming he beats Andre Berto, Ortiz could probably stake claim to a “fair” second bout versus Mayweather if all of the previous options fall apart.
Wins: 28 Wins by KO: 22 Losses: 1
If all of the other options fall apart and Andre Berto were able to beat Victor Ortiz in their upcoming bout, he’d be the next most obvious choice for Floyd Mayweather. And this didn’t occur to us originally, but as noted by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Berto is managed by Al Haymon – whose ties to Mayweather are a matter of public record. This is probably the fallback option that everyone involved with Mayweather’s camp is keeping in mind, but hoping doesn’t actually come to fruition.