Floyd Mayweather has not expressed desire to fight again. But most fans and boxing analysts are still convinced the undefeated boxing superstar will eventually come out of retirement. The former pound-for-pound king has 49 victories in as many fights and could look to score his 50th win in the coming months.
Mayweather was recently linked to a fantasy match against Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The Mayweather-McGregor match will be a blockbuster if finalized but could hurt both sports. If Mayweather returns, who should he face? Here are the best options for the Grand Rapids native.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao 2
Both boxing superstars have already retired. However, the Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch is still the best possible option, money-wise. Fans are eager to watch the two boxing icons slug it out again after Pacquiao’s shoulder injury deprived fans of an action-packed bout in their first meeting in May last year.
Mayweather holds the ace after scoring a unanimous decision win in the record-setting bout. Will he give Pacquiao another shot? Mayweather is showing signs of a potential comeback, while Pacquiao wants to focus on his political career in the Philippines. But at the end of the day, money matters and the two boxing champions could eventually agree to have a rematch.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez
Mayweather escaped with majority decision win over Canelo Alvarez in their light middleweight title fight in September 2013. Mayweather leaned on his vast experience to hand Alvarez his first defeat, which is still the Mexican boxing superstar’s lone defeat to date.
The Mayweather-Alvarez rematch will be another pay-per-view hit. However, Mayweather might not be willing to take a huge risk, especially after seeing how Alvarez knocked Amir Khan out in May. Alvarez has improved since his first defeat and now has the tools to score a huge upset if the rematch takes place.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Gennady Golovkin
Gennady Golovkin might be too big for Mayweather but the latter could agree to a showdown at a 154-pound catch-weight. If the fight happens, Mayweather will have clear advantage because Golovkin will have to kill himself in training to make the weight limit. Mayweather will definitely not agree to face Golovkin at 160 but could consider the fight at 154.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Danny Garcia
If Mayweather decides to come out of retirement, he will likely face World Boxing Council welterweight champion Danny Garcia. Mayweather is smart enough to know that Garcia will have a difficult time pulling off an upset. It could be the main reason why he previously expressed interest in facing the undefeated Philadelphia native, USA Today reported.
Garcia, who owns a 32-0 record with 18 knockouts, is also willing to go toe-to-toe with the future Hall of Famer. The 28-year-old has yet to pick an opponent more than six months after winning the WBC middleweight title via a unanimous decision victory over Robert Guerrero. Is he waiting for Mayweather?