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Who's next for Floyd Mayweather?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts after defeating Robert Guerrero

Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts after defeating Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in a WBC welterweight title fight, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Credit: AP Photo Rick Bowmer)

What’s next for Floyd Mayweather Jr.? The simple answer: whatever he wants. Truth be told, that is probably the only answer.

Mayweather is in a unique position where he has his pick of who he wants to fight, where and when. That’s a rarity in boxing these days, as promoters are often times running the show.

Need proof? Why didn’t Nonito Donaire fight Abner Mares? The two didn’t fight because Donaire is a Top Rank fighter, while Mares is under Golden Boy Promotions. The two promotional giants have been at odds for several years and there doesn’t seem to be a fight at the end of the tunnel.

Mayweather doesn’t have to worry about those things. And after dominating Robert Guerrero on Saturday, he’ll be his usual strategic self when selecting an opponent.

You may hear that he is going for a big name, such as Canelo Alvarez or Sergio Martinez. Not so fast. Mayweather was able to draw 1.25 million viewers to his fight against a not-so-famous Victor Ortiz.

Because of Mayweather’s ability to single-handedly carry an entire card, the list of possibilities are vast. Here’s a list of possible opponents for Mayweather in September in order of most logical.

Canelo Alvarez: This is one of the fight’s everyone wants to see. Alvarez is on the rise and has an enormous following. Alvarez beat Austin Trout on April 20. With Mayweather fresh of a May 4 win, both would be available to fight each other in September. The key for this bout is the finances. Mayweather will want the lion’s share of everything.

Devon Alexander:  Mayweather toyed with the press several months ago when he said Devon Alexander was a possibility. Although Alexander is set to fight Lee Purdy on May 18, there's no reason to think he wouldn't be ready for a September tilt against Mayweather. This could be Mayweather's "Plan B" if the Alvarez talks don't go anywhere.

Sergio Martinez: This would be a big step up in weight for Mayweather, who has never weighed more than 150 pounds for any fight. Martinez fights as a middleweight now, but has previously stepped into the ring as a junior middleweight and welterweight. At 38, Martinez’s hopes of a huge pay day continue to dwindle. It's also worth noting tht Mayweather bought up the idea of facing Martinez after his win over Shane Mosley in 2010.

Amir Khan: Khan, who hit the canvas in the fourth round of his win over Julio Diaz on April 27, hasn’t looked great recently, but his popularity in Europe makes him an enticing candidate for Mayweather. The British TV numbers would be enormous. And we all know money talks when it comes to Mayweather.

Danny Garcia: Garcia looked good against Zab Judah on April 27, is undefeated, and appears to be the next hot-shot welterweight. Would Mayweather be willing to fight another up-and-coming youngster? This could be interesting.

Paulie Malignaggi: Believe it nor not, this fight had been discussed behind the scenes, but it appears unlikely now since Malignaggi signed on the dotted line to fight Adrien Broner on June 22.

Tim Bradley: This is out of the question since he agreed to fight Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas and Mack Center in September. It also doesn't help that he's under contract with Top Rank. 

Juan Manuel Marquez: This certainly won’t happen because A: Mayweather dominated Marquez in 2009; B: See the above statement on Bradley.

Manny Pacquiao: This potential fight has lost nearly all of its luster. Pacquiao has lost his last two fights and there are some insiders who believe the Filipino Congressman has started losing interest in the sport. Not to mention he fights under the Top Rank umbrella.
 

Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Golden Boy Promotions , Top Rank , Sergio Martinez , Robert Guerrero , Manny Pacquiao , Danny Garcia , Zab Judah , Devon Alexander , Canelo Alvarez , Amir Khan , Tim Bradley , Juan Manuel Marquez

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