Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Robert Guerrero earlier this month, but he’s already thinking about his next fight. The boxer has stated that he intends to lace up his gloves on Sept. 14, and he doesn’t seem to be backing down from his promise. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, has told boxingscene.com that the boxer will announce his plans for the fight in the next few weeks.
The undefeated boxer will have to make a decision soon for a fight that will take place in the coming months. The early favorite to be Mayweather’s next opponent is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Schaefer is currently working on setting up a fight between the two, who have a combined lifetime record of 64-0-1.
Schaefer won’t reveal who Mayweather might take on if a deal with Alvarez falls through, but the boxer does have a few options. Junior welterweight boxer Lucas Matthysse has thrown his hat in the ring, saying he would move from 140 pounds to 147 pounds, in order to take on Mayweather. Matthysse is coming off a knockout victory over Lamont Peterson on May 18 and would be good to go for a bout in mid-September. Golden Boy Promotions, though, is looking to set him up in a fight against Danny Garcia on the week before Mayweather’s projected fight date.
Amir Khan might be on Mayweather’s radar, but a fight between the two would likely have to wait until 2014. There’s a good chance Khan will take on Devon Alexander for the IBF Welterweight title on Dec. 7. A win for Khan could put him in position to be Mayweather’s next challenger. After years of Schaefer urging Khan to move up to welterweight and fight Mayweather, the 26-year-old is finally ready to step in the ring with the best in the sport.
A fight in September would be an, historically, quick turnaround for Mayweather. He hasn’t fought twice in five months since 2006, but Schaefer says the boxer is almost ready to choose an opponent for his target date.
“Floyd is his own boss,” Schaefer told boxingscene.com. “Currently, he is thinking about what he wants to do and when he knows what he wants to do I’m sure that he’ll announce that. He realizes, as well, that there is a certain time limit. He made it clear at the post-fight press conference and subsequent [interviews] that he wants to fight, and he will fight on Sept. 14.”
Whoever Mayweather’s next opponent is, he’s sure to be a heavy favorite. In his matchup against Guerrero, the betting odds at some Las Vegas casinos had him listed as an 8-1 favorite. With Manny Pacquiao’s back-to-back losses, he is the consensus best, active pound-for-pound fighter.