Promoter lines up potential fights for Mayweather
MANILA, Philippines – Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schafer said there are a lot of options for unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather following his unanimous decision victory over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
Mayweather extended his unbeaten streak to 44 fights against the overmatched Guerrero, and plans to go for his 45th consecutive win this September.
Speaking to Boxing Scene, Schaefer named Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz, Danny Garcia, and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as potential Mayweather opponents.
“This is a well-(stacked) division, and we have some names moving up from 140 (light-welterweight) as well,” Schaefer said.
“Let’s say Amir Khan, who was ringside, would move up on December 7th and fight the winner of Lee Purdy and Devon Alexander, and becomes the welterweight champion. I could see something like that,” he said.
Garcia, who currently holds championships at light-welterweight, can move up to the welterweight division as well, Schaefer said.
A rematch against Ortiz, whom Mayweather knocked out in September 2011, is also not out of the question.
“We have Victor Ortiz, who is going to fight in September. He feels there is some unfinished business. There are a lot of possibilities,” Schaefer said.
Mayweather insists that he will return to fight in September despite sustaining a hand injury against Guerrero. But the unbeaten American is not in a rush to name his opponent.
“I’m going to talk it over with Al Haymon, talk it over with my father, Leonard (Ellerbe) and the rest of my team, and see what we come up with,” Mayweather told Boxing Scene. [http://www.boxingscene.com/mayweather-says-no-rush-on-canelo-fight-decision--65207]
“I’m not going to duck or dodge anyone, but I’m at the pinnacle of my sport, and I’ve earned my stripes. I worked hard for 17 years to get to this point. I’m not going to rush,” he added.
A bout against Alvarez, who is a big star in his native country of Mexico, will likely be the most lucrative fight for Mayweather, but he seems reluctant to give the young “Canelo” a shot.
“Canelo Alvarez is a hell of a fighter. But when I saw his fight against (Austin) Trout, I thought it was a lot closer,” said Mayweather, referring to Alvarez’s decision victory over the American Trout.
“Trout wasn’t landing big shots, but he was more active. But like I said before, that’s not for me to worry about,” he said.
Mayweather plans to fight five more times over the next 30 months before hanging up his gloves for good.