Mayweather Dismantles Alvarez: What’s Next for Both Fighters?
Floyd Mayweather again showed why he is the greatest of his generation by beating Alvarez
Floyd Mayweather once again proved why he is widely considered the greatest boxer of his generation by dismantling Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on Saturday night. Mayweather, who was accompanied to the ring by Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne, was brilliant and surgical is his majority decision victory. The only piece of suspense during the night was the final score cards, as one judge believed the bout to be a 114-114 draw.
Mayweather proved to be too good, too technical, and too fast for the young Mexican fighter. The pound-for-pound champ entered the fight as nearly a 3-1 favorite, and showed no signs of slowing down after 45 fights. The question now remains what is next for both fighters?. Mayweather is expected to fight twice next year with the first bout coming in May, most likely on ‘Cinco de Mayo’ weekend. Let’s take a closer look at what might lie ahead for both men.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Alvarez may have been outmatched during his bout with the champion, but there is no shame in losing to one of the greatest defensive technicians to ever enter the ring. Alvarez has quite a few options ahead of himself and could either jump right into the big leagues and face the likes of Miguel Cotto or Sergio Martinez or he could take a step back and cherry pick a few fights in order to gain a bit of experience and rebuild his confidence.
After receiving a huge $5 million dollar payday, ‘Canelo’ will probably not want to go back to fighting no-name fighters for little pay, so expect the young boxer to book his next bout against a big name. Miguel Cotto is probably his most likely opponent, but there is an outside chance that he could face Manny Pacquiao in what would be another astronomical payday.
Mayweather’s options are a bit more difficult to sort out. The champion has fought—and beaten—just about every fighter of consequence in and around his division. Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has claimed that he wants to fight Mayweather next, but that fight may feature too much of a weight difference. Martinez fights at 160lbs and balloons up to nearly 180lbs on the night of the fight. Mayweather on the other hand could easily fight at 140lbs.
A fight with Manny Pacquiao is probably not going to happen—there is still too much bad blood between the fighters. So Floyd’s most realistic matchup come May is a fight with Timothy Bradley, if he can get past Juan Manuel Marquez in his next fight or a rematch with Miguel Cotto. Either way, there is no realistic challenge for Mayweather at the moment unless he wants to jump up in weight and test his skills against substantially bigger men.