Floyd Mayweather has one more fight left on his contract. Will it be against Miguel Cotto? Amir Khan? Whoever it is will be on the wrong side of the boxing odds.
That was either one of the most dominant displays of boxing we've ever seen, or one of the most boring championship fights in recent history. It all depends on your point of view. Saturday's megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. went largely as expected; while we thought there was enough value on Pac-Man as the underdog (he was +185 when the boxing odds closed), Mayweather avoided getting into trouble and won a clear unanimous decision. Ho-hum. The late money was heavily on Mayweather, by the way.
That leaves one more fight on Mayweather's contract. As we go to press, it appears Miguel Cotto might be his last opponent, although it could be Amir Khan – or Danny Garcia, or perhaps Gennady Golovkin. The books aren't waiting to find out. Boxing odds are already going up on the board for what could be the last time we see Mayweather in the ring. And no, it won't be Pacquiao. Turns out he went into the Fight of the Century with a torn rotator cuff that he suffered in training. Pacquiao is expected to miss 9-12 months after undergoing surgery.
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The general consensus in the press is that people want to see Mayweather take on Khan, the former WBA light welterweight champion from across the pond. Khan has a fight coming up on May 29 against Chris Algieri; as we go to press, Khan is a massive –1600 favorite to put away Algieri, whom we last saw losing to Pacquiao in November. You can also find Khan (30-3 lifetime) as a 21/10 underdog on the boxing odds board at William Hill for a prospective matchup with Mayweather.
As much as people may want to see that fight, most pundits appear willing to concede that it probably won't happen. Khan is Muslim, and Ramadan is between June 18 and July 16 this year. That doesn't give Khan much time to prepare for a September fight. Instead, the buzz is that Mayweather will want to pick someone he's already fought, and Cotto's name is at the top of the list. He gave Mayweather a good show when they met three years ago on Cinco de Mayo; Mayweather scored a unanimous decision as a – 700 favorite, but perhaps more importantly, they did major box office, drawing in tons of viewers from Cotto's Puerto Rican fanbase.
There is one catch to this possible rematch: Cotto (39-4) is a middleweight now. And he's got a WBC World title defense on June 6 against Daniel Geale, with Geale checking in at +400 as we go to press. Would Cotto be ready to rumble again by September after dropping down? It's been seven years since he took a fight on such short notice. As for the idea of Mayweather aiming for a title in a sixth weight division before he hangs up his gloves, he's already said his finale won't be for a championship.
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Garcia (30-0) has been named as a potential foe for Mayweather, and with victories over Khan, Zab Judah and Erik Morales (twice), Garcia has earned his shot. But he's not a box-office attraction, and wasn't all that impressive in his marquee fights. Golovkin (32-0) would probably give Mayweather a better fight, and the 2013 Fighter of the Year at Ring Magazine already has said he's willing to drop from middleweight to make it happen.
Again, it probably won't. Given how politics play a role in deciding these fights, Keith Thurman could end up the Chosen One here. Thurman (25-0) isn't a big-name boxer, but he's won 21 fights by KO and can easily be hyped up as a legitimate threat to Mayweather – even if most insiders would disagree. Here at the home office, we'd probably give Thurman something like +900 odds, and that might be generous. Cotto would come in again around +700, with Garcia in the same neighborhood. Golovkin is the only one on the list we think would check in around +210 like Khan. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.