Floyd Mayweather Jr. has always been particular about who he fights and when he fights. Both questions about his next opponent and when that fight will occur may be answered shortly.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) said via Twitter early Wednesday morning that IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) is the “front runner” to be his next opponent.
It was a curious Tweet from Mayweather considering Alexander’s fight against Kell Brook was postponed on Monday due a biceps injury suffered by Alexander.
“The negotiations for my fight are almost done. The front runner is IBF Champion Devon Alexander. It’d be a unification bout at welterweight,” Mayweather Tweeted just after midnight Wednesday.
Mayweather's adviser Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com last December that the undefeated brawler plans to fight twice in 2013, once on May 4 and then on September 14.
If those dates hold true, Mayweather’s Tweet about a bout against Alexander in May might be on the level. When the Alexander-Brook postponement was announced on Monday no new date was set. Making things even more interesting was that the February 23 card will go on without Alexander.
IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage will take on Ishe Smith in the main event.
It stands to reason that if what Mayweather Tweeted was true, Alexander would certainly pull out of a bout against Brook for a lucrative pay-per-view fight. A fight against Mayweather is a guaranteed multi-million dollar proposition for any opponent.
But there are issues with the Tweet. A fight with Alexander wouldn't be a unification bout. If Alexander pulls out of his fight with Brook, he would be stripped of his IBF belt, because it is a mandatory defense.
Boxrec.com has already reported Mayweather’s next opponent is Alexander. That doesn't mean the fight is etched in stone, but it does raise questions about the entire situation.
What would be Mayweather's motivation to make up something like that?
With Mayweather, you never know.