After defeating Manny Pacquiao in boxing’s most profitable fight ever back in May, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said that he would get back in the ring in September. He also said that when the time comes, that it could be the final fight of his 19-year career. It appears that boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter has finally decided on a date and an opponent. Although no official announcement has been made multiple reports state that “Money May” will take on the Interim WBA Welterweight Champion Andre Berto on Saturday September 12th. Now while Berto is excited for this opportunity, and “Pretty Boy Floyd” is ready to get another mega payday, I must say I am disappointed.
If this is indeed Mayweather’s last fight (as most recent reports from Stephen A. Smith indicate it may after all be a tune-up for another go at Pacquiao), there are still much better fighters that he could step in the ring with. Don’t get me wrong, Berto has proved himself in the ring. But, he is nowhere near the caliber or talent of Mayweather. It definitely sounds like Floyd is hand picking his opponent so as not to put his undefeated record in jeopardy. If he truly wants to prove himself as the greatest of all time, Mayweather should take a chance against someone who is capable of beating him.
Here are five fighters who are more suitable opponents, and worthy of being across the ring from Floyd Mayweather…..
5. Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KO’s)
The current IBF Welterweight Champion has already dominated international competition. Perhaps it’s time to bring him ‘across the pond’ as they say in his native England and let him showcase his skills en los Estados Unidos. He would be the ultimate test for Mayweather as only two of his fights have gone the full 12 rounds. Plus he has solid punching power which could prove difficult for Mayweather’s defensive skill set.