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Next for Floyd Mayweather: Mike Jones?

Welterweight contender Mike Jones poses.

Welterweight contender Mike Jones poses. Credit: Chris Legentil, Showtime

Could Mike Jones be on a collision course with Floyd Mayweather Jr.? It’s not a crazy thought. With Manny Pacquiao set to take on Shane Mosley on May 7 and Mayweather experiencing seriously legal problems, it could happen.

This is all speculation, but Mayweather, who hasn’t fought since his one-sided win over Mosley last May, will almost certainly need a tune-up before a fight with Pacquiao. His last tune-up was against an overmatched Juan Manuel Marquez.

Jones improved his record to 24-0 with a unanimous-decision win over Jesus Soto Karass on HBO’s Championship boxing on Saturday night. The judges scored the bout, 116-112, 115-113, 117-111. Although Jones clearly won the fight, there are questions about how much he could bring to a big-money bout, particularly against one of boxing’s biggest names.

Mayweather could certainly carry a card by himself. As for Jones, a Philadelphia native, he has built a following of his own. He does well in Atlantic City and is becoming a local hero in Philadelphia. He did well on Saturday night as the main undercard. If he can convince Mayweather or any of the top promotion bodies – Top Rank, Golden Boy Promotions– that he has what it takes, who knows? You may see Jones in against one of the big names sooner than you think.

New York Sports