Floyd Mayweather’s indecision as it pertains to who he will fight next has serious ramifications for boxing as a whole. All of the sport’s big names are essentially waiting to see who will get a spot opposite the undefeated champ on Cinco de Mayo weekend, and then they will schedule their own showdowns accordingly.
As has been reported on numerous occasions, the frontrunner to be Mayweather’s dance partner on May 4 was and still remains Robert Guerrero. Both men have expressed interest in making the fight a reality, and to date no major problems have emerged from negotiations. Guerrero understands what a huge opportunity this is for him; Mayweather wants the fight enough not to be a pain about the miniscule details. The glacial pace at which discussions have progressed thus far is attributable to a lack of urgency, not any real stumbling blocks.
The problem with the pace, though, is that it basically leaves the following guys in limbo: Canelo Alvarez, Austin Trout and Timothy Bradley. All three men are tied to Mayweather in at least some way, shape or form – and so long as he isn’t officially scheduled to fight someone in May, they likely won’t commit either.
If Mayweather and Guerrero can get a deal worked up, then there is a very good chance that Alvarez and Trout will fight on a.) either the same card or b.) right around the same date. That would leave Mayweather (or Guerrero) and the winner of that bout on a collision course for their next match in late 2013 or early 2014.
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During a recent interview with The Boxing Voice, Trout acknowledged that a showdown between him and Canelo in May was very likely.
“The possibilities are looking good. Although it’s not concrete, it’s looking good. There should be an announcement whether yeah or nay coming soon.”
Their announcement, of course, hinges in large part on what happens with Mayweather and Guerrero.
Trout also offered an interesting take on what he figured would be a mildly negative reaction to him getting the Canelo fight.
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“Boxing fans are probably the toughest critics of any sports ever. They still discredit some of Floyd Mayweather’s wins but they still consider him the best in the world. It doesn’t matter who I fight or who I beat, someone will say it wasn’t all it was supposed to be. I’m here to please the fans not the critics, I’m here to be a legend in my eyes and in yours.”
Meanwhile, Bradley (who just got rejected by Yuriorkis Gamboa) is still holding out hope that Guerrero and Alvarez will pass on Mayweather bouts, as he then becomes the only viable option. (Not going to happen.)
At the end of the day, the situation basically breaks down like this: if Mayweather and Guerrero come to terms, Canelo and Trout will come to terms, and Bradley will be left out in the cold. If Mayweather and Guerrero don’t come to terms, then Mayweather and Canelo will fight and the other two will be left without a chair. If Mayweather can’t come to terms with Guerrero or Canelo, then maybe he will look into fighting Bradley.
On Cinco de Mayo weekend.
But probably not even then.