Shawn Porter is coming off perhaps the biggest win of his career after defeating Adrien Broner in a unanimous decision on Saturday night in a non-title matchup at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Porter's victory, which was broadcasted on NBC as part of Premier Boxing Championships at a 144 catch weight, may have boosted his profile enough that he may now be a strong contender to fight boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.
It has been seven weeks since Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao, and there has been no word as to who Mayweather will fight in September in what is expected to be the last bout of his career. After Porter's win, his father and trainer Ken Porter made sure to reference Mayweather, who was seated ringside for the fight.
“We’re going to do the battle for Las Vegas,” Ken Porter said. “We live on the same street, right down the street from Floyd — about a mile and a half. Don’t ignore us. Don’t act like the elephant’s not in the room.”
Though Shawn Porter was the clear aggressor on Saturday, and his activity paid off with some crisp power punches, his victory may not have been as one-sided as it may have seemed. All three judges scored it for Porter, but the scorecards varied, even with Broner having a point deducted in the 11th round. Judge Eric Cheek scored the fight clearly in favor of Porter, 118-108. But judge Dave Moretti had it 115-111, and judge Adalaide Byrd had it even closer, 114-112. ESPN's Dan Rafael had the fight 117-109, and International Business Times scored the fight 116-110.
In the opening moments of Round 12, Broner knocked down Porter with a shock left hook. While Porter won many rounds convincingly, he didn't knock down Broner, and Broner had some flurries throughout the fight. Against a legendary defensive tactician like Mayweather, Porter may have a major obstacle to land as many punches as he did against Broner (149, according to CompuBox.)
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Mayweather advocated for a fight between Porter and the rather inexperienced but talented Errol Spence Jr., who defeated Phil Lo Greco in Saturday's undercard. Porter wants nothing to do with that.
“I’m not looking for any more Mayweather undercards,” Porter said. “We were looking to get on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard. That didn’t happen. Now I’m not looking at watching him fight after I fight. I’m looking at fighting him.”
Porter, 27, who is clearly a talent in the welterweight division, may be better served fighting one more prominent opponent before facing a top champion. There are plenty of elite boxers who could strengthen his resume after 28 career fights. Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Andre Berto, Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman are just five quality boxers Porter can consider.
As for Mayweather, he appears to be in a curious situation. After the financial windfall from Pacquiao, there is no major boxing star in the welterweight division with nearly as much name recognition. Kell Brook, an undefeated British boxer who won a close victory over Porter in Aug. 2014, might be the best option, though Brook is a relative unknown in the U.S.