By Mark Riddle: Jeff Mayweather, the unclear for WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, says that Mayweather will be fighting either Amir Khan or WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao next in May of next year, according to Ontheropesboxing.com.
While Jeff still isn’t completely certain that Mayweather will fight either of those guys, but he feels that it’ll still be one of those guys because they’re the best available opponents for him during that time at 147. Of course, Mayweather could always throw them for a loop by facing a junior middleweight like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Miguel Cotto, but neither of those guys are expected to be available at that time.
Mayweather also could always agree to fight WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin if he really wants to shake up the boxing world. That would be the boldest and the most unlikely move given the size advantage that Golovkin would have.
As for Jeff Mayweather predicting that Mayweather will be facing Khan or Pacquiao next, I don’t see that happening. Jeff is merely speculating without any knowledge. Mayweather already said that Khan has issues that he needs to clear up with Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott, both of which knocked him out in the past.
Khan is essentially out of the equation for Mayweather based on that comment. Mayweather already said that he won’t fight Pacquiao until he’s free and clear of Bob Arum of Top Rank. Mayweather said that not long ago.
Pacquiao perhaps didn’t believe him, because he re-signed with Top Rank for another 2 years in a contract that will take him until the end of 2016.
Mayweather, 37, will be finishing his current contract with Showtime at the end of 2015, and if he does return to the boxing ring after that, it’ll likely be for just one more fight in 2016. In other words, Mayweather isn’t going to hang around until 2017, waiting for Pacquiao’s contract with Top Rank to finally run out.