Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been flying under the radar ever since Manny Pacquiao’s big December loss, but his future is no less uncertain than that of his arch rival’s.
You will recall, just a few weeks ago it was all but etched in stone that the undefeated 35-year-old star would fight Robert Guerrero this coming May. All sides seemed to be on board, and an announcement was believed to be imminent. Well hours turned into days, and then days turned into weeks, and here we are: exactly where we were a month ago. Neither man has a fight set. Moreover, neither has really alluded to being near a deal. If there were some minor contractual dispute, we likely would have heard about it by now.
The silence is deafening.
Both sides’ inability to come to terms on a fight that, when you think about it, isn’t all that far away is interesting. And it will inevitably lead to speculation as to whether Mayweather-Guerrero will in fact come to fruition at some point in the near future. It’s still the fight that makes the most sense for all involved at this point in time, however, the longer it lags, the likelier it becomes that it won’t happen.
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In a recent column, ESPN boxing guru Dan Rafael suggested that alongside Guerrero, Mayweather’s other two options for his next bout were Canelo Alvarez and Timothy Bradley. The former isn’t surprising – Canelo has been a candidate for a long time. The latter, however, is a bit surprising. Here are Rafael’s exact words on the matter, so as to avoid confusion: “...and I also happen to think there's an outside shot of a deal with welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr."
That is just straight up bizarre. Mayweather would consider fighting Bradley on the weekend of Cinco de Mayo? The guy who prioritizes his ability to generate huge PPV totals above all else would make a ridiculous business decision like that? It seems unlikely. Then again, if neither Guerrero or Canelo pan out – maybe Bradley is all that Mayweather will be left with.
Chances are, the Mayweather-Guerrero fight will work itself out. Whatever the problem currently is, Guerrero will no doubt realize that making a minor sacrifice to fight the best pound-for-pounder in the sport is worth it. At that point Canelo will fight Austin Trout – and then he and Mayweather will be set for a collision late this year or early next. Where does that leave Bradley? Who cares.
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Keep an eye on this situation, though. Even if you don’t care about Mayweather or who he fights next, a lot of dominos will fall once he ultimately picks an opponent.