Floyd Mayweather Jr. had the eyes of the world on him this weekend, and he took that opportunity to confirm what we already knew – he will not fight Manny Pacquiao at any point in the foreseeable future.
Mayweather, 35, entered Saturday night’s showdown versus Miguel Cotto widely regarded as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Whereas Manny Pacquiao had recently gotten the fight of his life from Juan Manuel Marquez in the pair’s November 2011 showdown, Mayweather had been relatively unchallenged in each of his latest bouts. (Aside from that one minor fluke in the Shane Mosley fight.) The expectation was that his match against Cotto would be more of the same – Mayweather coasting to an easy, effortless victory.
Of course, that’s not what wound up happening. Up until the 10th round, Cotto thoroughly and legitimately challenged Mayweather in a way that nobody saw coming. He bullied Mayweather. He threw him against the ropes. He landed solid body blows. And, most importantly, he bloodied the undefeated champion up. That alone should have netted Cotto some bonus dough when it was all said and done.
After the 10th round, however, Mayweather regained control of the match. He then proceeded to absolutely rock Cotto’s world all the way up until the end of the fight, ultimately winning via unanimous decision.
Still, the fact that he looked so mortal versus Cotto, coupled with the fact that Pacquiao looked so mortal versus Marquez, theoretically would be reason enough to finally get the Dream Match we’ve been waiting on for years. These two hard-headed superstars -- Floyd and Manny -- would be wise to use their recent dances with near defeat to realize that they’re one unlucky, unfortunate bout away from losing the biggest payday in boxing history.
But, as we all know, they’re still no closer to fighting now than they were last week, the week before that, the month before that or the year before that. In fact, Mayweather took his opportunity on the big stage this weekend to etch the fact that he isn’t going to fight Pacquiao any time soon in stone.
"The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is not going to happen," Mayweather said (via Sports Illustrated. "It's not my fault."
Of course not. At least Mayweather kept it simple there. Concise and to the point – screw you, fans.
So, what’s next on the agenda for the undefeated superstar? Jail. Mayweather is set to report for his 87-day stint on June 1. After he gets out, though, there are some murmurs that he may try to fight again this year.
There are a number of intriguing options for him to go after, but we all know who the most intriguing one is. For now, however, that’s not happening. And we got that information straight from the horse’s mouth.
With the Mayweather-Cotto fight over and done with, we’ve put together a little list of most likely potential opponents for Mayweather. Whether or not his next match will happen this year is unknown at this time, but that doesn’t really matter for the purposes of this analysis.