Less than an hour after he finished putting on one of the most impressive performances of his career, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was forced to field a question that is all too familiar to him: Does he plan to fight Manny Pacquiao at any point in the foreseeable future?
Defeating Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the dominant fashion in which he defeated him isn’t one of Mayweather’s most notable accomplishments because of Canelo’s talent. That’s not a slight against the youngster, mind you, but more of a testament to some of the other people Mayweather has beaten. No, the reason why this victory was particularly sweet was because Mayweather, at age 36, looked as good in it as he did at age 26. Better, maybe.
Even though he has fought twice in 2013, prior to this, Mayweather hadn’t fought twice in a single year since 2007, when he defeated both Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. That, coupled with his defense-oriented approach, has kept him preserved and healthy in a way that most boxers his age aren’t. Now, despite being the sport’s elder statesman, Mayweather looks as sharp as any of his rivals and like a man who is head and shoulders above both the young and old competitors who are being mentioned as potential future foes for him.
On Saturday night, Mayweather was asked when he planned to fight again.
"On Cinco de Mayweather," he replied.
That leaves a lot of time for rumors and speculation.
The thing to remember when talking about Mayweather’s next fight is that, this weekend, he established that he has no equals. The only young guy in the sport who folks believed had any shot at beating him was made to look absolutely pedestrian. There is no reason to assume that anyone else will achieve a different result.
From here on out, Mayweather will likely avoid fights against youngsters who may or may not legitimately challenge him. Instead he’ll focus on entertaining fans – and the only way to do that is with big names. Pacquiao and Amir Khan have far better chances at getting a shot than Danny Garcia.
Mayweather’s biggest fear is no longer losing. He knows nobody in boxing has anything for him at this point. His biggest fear is another Robert Guerrero-like box office stinker. And he’s going to pick his next opponent accordingly.