As expected, Floyd Mayweather Jr defeated Robert Guerrero in their welterweight battle last week at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stylistically, the match favored Mayweather from the start, and the books had Mayweather as a massive favorite. Despite his impressive performance, Mayweather also left a lot of questions to be asked, the most important of which is, what is next?
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A lot was made about Mayweather’s recent signing with HBO for 7 fights over a 36 month period, as the contract is for mega money and will almost certainly close out Mayweather’s career. Mayweather has the MGM Grand booked for September 14th for his return engagement, and the boxing world will await Mayweather’s opponent.
Early word on the Guerrero match is that the PPV numbers are on the disappointing side. And what about the fight? Would you plunk down $60 to see another ‘masterful’ performance where winning by points is enough? Again, for the first time, Mayweather is receiving the same criticism that UFC Champ Georges St Pierre gets, and that is that once ahead on the cards, thy lack a killer instinct and are content to leave it to the judges.
Which brings us closer to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in September. The young Mexican star brings a lot of star power, as he has done a good job of growing his career exponentially. Two years ago, he was criticized for his competition level, but he has stepped it up since and he has remained undefeated. Not only does Alvarez bring with him his following and the considerable resources of Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez also probably is the most threatening name out there as far as Mayweather’s dominance is concerned.
It would make sense for Mayweather to tackle ‘Canelo’ early in this contract, before he ages another year or so. Win or lose against ‘Canelo’, Manny Pacquiao will resurface as an option should he string together two wins after that.
Mayweather versus ‘Canelo’ should be the biggest fight of the year in 2013, as it pits two undefeated champions with 40+ wins who are on different ends of their careers. Will Mayweather continue his dominance, or does ‘Canelo’ have enough momentum to off the pound for pound champ. We will see in September.