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No Pacquiao-Mayweather; what's next for boxing?

Amir Khan of Britain celebrates his 11th round

Amir Khan of Britain celebrates his 11th round TKO over Paulie Malignaggi of the United States after their WBA World Light Welterweight title match. (May 15, 2010) Credit: AP

Now that the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather hysteria is officially over -and there's no need to even go through it all again- what's next for boxing.

The casual observer will tell you that boxing has shot itself in the foot by not putting on its fight. It certainly does hurt the sport that the top two fighters in the game aren't going to mix it up, but it's not the end of the world.

There are several quality matchups on the horizon.

Juan Manuel Marquez, fresh off a beating of Juan Diaz on Saturday, won't get Pacquiao, but he'll probably get a chance to fight one of the top 140-pounders in December. Getting Amir Khan in the ring is a real possibility.

Shane Mosley will fight Sergio Mora on September 18 at the Staples Center.

In what may be the most important fight of the year, Devon Alexander will take on Andriy Kotelnik on September 7 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Why is that important? If Alexander wins and remains undefeated, it could set up a huge fight between him and Tim Bradley sometime in February.

And of course there is Antonio Margarito. He'll be fighting Manny Pacquiao November 13. The question is where. Margarito hasn't gotten his license re-instated by California. Nevada, which is where Bob Arum wants the fight to take place, told Margarito a few weeks ago they won't make a ruling until California does.

Texas would likely grant him a license since he had sat out for more than a year. Arum told that other states contacted him about having the fight and would grant Margarito a license. Chances are the fight between Pacquiao and Margarito will take place. If he can't get his license re-instated in Nevada, the fight will most likely happen in Texas.

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