All eyes in the world of boxing are once again firmly fixed on Floyd Mayweather Jr. this week as the press tour for his September 13 rematch with Marcos ‘Chino’ Maidana kicks off in New York.
However, much of the speculation surrounding the sport’s pound-for-pound number one concerns his announcement of something special he has planned for fans in his following bout set for May 2015.
Even legends of the game such as Roy Jones Jr. have piled in by suggesting possibilities – Jones Jr. going so far as to infer through social media that Mayweather could finally step into the ring with his biggest rival Manny Pacquiao.
However, boxing fans will bear in mind the fact that Mayweather (46-0) is known as much for his caution to protect his ‘0’ as his pride in defending it, and can therefore narrow down the list of possible names for the fight.
Mayweather has long been accused of ducking the more ‘dangerous’ opponents throughout his hall-of-fame career (think a prime Moseley, Margharito, Casamayor etc.), and it seems unlikely that the 37-year-old will face the likes of younger stars such as light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia, welterweight champion Shawn Porter, or heavy-hitting Keith Thurman before he hangs up his gloves.
Likewise, a record-breaking bout at Wembley Stadium against Britain’s former two-weight world champion Amir Khan hangs precariously on Khan’s ability to once again attain elite-fighter status while avoiding another career-damaging defeat.
Only one answer
Therefore, it is in the opinion of this writer that Mayweather will target yet another rematch come May next year – only this time against the newly-crowned WBC Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto.
This would not be a rematch to settle the outcome of their first fight, where Cotto rocked Mayweather early on only to drop a unanimous decision on the judge’s scorecards. No, the driving force behind this rematch is Cotto’s WBC Middleweight Championship.
Mayweather Jr. is a five-weight world champion; having held titles (all including the WBC version) at super-featherweight, lightweight, light-welterweight, welterweight and light-middleweight.
In defeating Cotto again, he would not only enhance his legacy as the third-ever six-weight world champion – he could become only the second boxer in the history of the sport to simultaneously hold world titles in three separate weight classes (welterweight,
light-middleweight and middleweight).
And here lies a legacy that not even his fiercest critics could not deny him…
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