KEY POINTS

  • Mayweather has yet to name an opponent for 2020
  • Alvarez has no plans of trimming down from 175 pounds
  • Mayweather vs. Alvarez rematch can only happen at 168 pounds

Floyd Mayweather Jr. teased a possible return to the boxing ring this year with several names in mind. Manny Pacquiao tops the list and there are even suggestions of a rematch with UFC champion Conor McGregor.

As before, the bottom line here is the money on the table. Facing Pacquiao or McGregor is expected to rack in millions in revenue. Apparently, this is the prime thing that would lure Mayweather back in the boxing ring. How about a rematch with Canelo Alvarez?

Mayweather and Alvarez clashed back in 2013 with the former won. According to Forbes, Money took home a $41 million guarantee in that bout, hinting that a rematch could reel in more.  The Mexican Brawler has undeniably boosted his stock and a rematch could reach as much as $1.5 billion. Unfortunately, it looks like hopes of a Mayweather vs. Alvarez rematch has now been shelved.

In a report by TMZ Sports, promoter Oscar De La Hoya seems to have given up getting both fighters in the ring, citing the issue of weight as the problem. Alvarez now weighs 175 pounds as he prepares to face Sergey Kovalev in November. The Mexican has no plans of cutting down his weight any time soon.

"I think the weight is just too much now," said De La Hoya. "Canelo can't make 154. He fought at 175. It's impossible."

The only way for a Mayweather vs. Alvarez II to happen is if Mayweather somehow bulks up to 168 pounds, and knowing the undefeated American fighter, he is unlikely to oblige. He is likely to focus his attention on other big-money fights, the ones that do not require him to adjust.

The 42-year-old boxer has not fought since August 2017 when he faced McGregor in a boxing match in the United States. He won via TKO over the Notorious.

Before that (and in what most see was an actual boxing match), Mayweather clashed with Andre Berto in September 2015. He won via unanimous decision to retain the WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles.

There is no telling if Mayweather is serious in returning to the ring. However, he did post an interesting image on Instagram after McGregor's win over Donald Cerrone. It ready Mayweather vs. McGregor 2 2020, possibly a sign of things to come. However, it also depends if the price is right.

Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez Floyd Mayweather outclassed Canelo Alvarez in their first meeting. In this picture, Alvarez throws a right at Mayweather during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sept. 14, 2013. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images