COMMENTARY | In another masterful performance from boxing's undisputed pound-for-pound top dog, Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) scored a decisive unanimous decision over hard-charging Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) via three official scores of 117-111.
It was an ugly fight at times as Mayweather smothered Guerrero's attempts to rough him up on the inside, but as soon as the grappling ended and the boxing began, it was almost all Mayweather.
The undefeated five-division world champ scored frequently with sharp right hand counters and worked around an honest and earnest Guerrero who, to his credit, never gave up the pursuit.
Mayweather, who is now 21-0 in world title fights, moves on to other challenges. Here are his next most likely and realistic options:
This is the big ticket fight most fans want to see. This past April 20, the 22-year-old WBC junior middleweight champ, Alvarez, proved that he could beat a legitimate Top 5 fighter and also proved that he could draw huge numbers when 40,000 fans packed the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to watch him decision WBA titlist Austin Trout. Alvarez has worked hard for this big money bout with Mayweather and may have finally put himself in a position to get it. For a Mayweather interested in a bout that would generate huge numbers, Alvarez is the only realistic option out there.
Alexander currently holds the IBF welterweight title, so that means that he has some value as an opponent for Mayweather. Currently set to face late replacement for Kell Brook, Lee Purdy, Alexander is almost guaranteed to still be a titlist after his May 18 fight date. The St. Louis native is quick, athletic, and has some level of name recognition. Most importantly, he is a Golden Boy fighter and that makes a bout with Mayweather easy to negotiate and eventually sign. Alexander is not particularly thrilling as a fighter and, often, can be downright dull. However, the belt he wears and the connections he has will make him a frontrunner for a big ticket showdown.
Now that Ortiz is off Dancing with the Stars and apparently done with his Facelube endorsement responsibilities, the athletic former welterweight champ should be considering a return to the ring. Why not explore a rematch with Mayweather to pick up where he left off before a controversial fourth round knockout in 2011 cost him his WBC belt? There's definitely some intrigue left in this match-up and given the landscape at 147, Ortiz is certainly a viable challenger despite a shocking upset loss to Josesito Lopez in his last bout.
The Winner of Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez
The winner of this all-action June 8 clash will likely get a direct ticket to a big money welterweight title bout. Why not have him fight Mayweather in a truly high profile contest? Lopez is coming off a thrilling upset win over Victor Ortiz and a one-sided thrashing at the hands of "Canelo" Alvarez at junior middleweight, but has to be regarded as a legitimate welterweight contender. Maidana is a heavy-handed perennial contender who has struggled against slick boxers, but always puts in an honest and earnest effort. Mayweather would be favored to beat both decisively, but either match-up could be a viable back-up if a blockbuster can't be put together.
Luis Carlos Abregu
In case you haven't heard, there's a new heavy-handed welterweight contender in town and his name is Luis Carlos Abregu. Argentina's rising star is coming off back to back solid wins against ranked contenders Thomas Dulorme and Antonin Decarie and is now six fights and three years removed from a unanimous decision loss to a defense-minded Timothy Bradley. Abregu is also the WBC's no. 1 ranked welterweight contender and, therefore, the mandatory challenger to Mayweather's title.
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