Floyd Mayweather is free, one month ahead of schedule. Mayweather was released from jail overnight, ending his planned 87-day jail sentence sooner than scheduled. He was met by family and friends, including 50 Cent, and drove off in his Bentley before speaking to the media. Now, the focus will immediately turn to what's next for Mayweather and his career.
With Mayweather being released on August 3, he has nearly an extra month to prepare for his next fight. That leaves plenty of time to get back into condition, and put together a worthy opponent for this fall. Hopefully we'll see Mayweather back in the ring in November or December.
Surely, he'll be flying the flag of the new TMT Promotions for that next bout, his venture with 50 Cent. It has been rumored that Andre Berto has signed with the promotional outfit, and he would make for a credible opponent. However, Berto's future is still uncertain following his failed drug test, and Mayweather himself also needs to get relicensed. It will also be intriguing to see what Mayweather has to say about TMT Promotions and his plans for that company.
Other potential and realistic opponents for Money Mayweather include Timothy Bradley, who controversially defeated Manny Pacquiao in June while Mayweather was in jail, and Robert Guerrero, who just picked up the interim WBC Welterweight strap with a hard-fought win over Selcuk Aydin. Obviously there are more choices too, like the winner of the Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey fight, or the winner of the Saul Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez bout, to name a few additional options.
The chances of seeing a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight are still slim, for now. At best we'll have to hope until 2013 for that. Therefore, I'd like to see Mayweather in there with either Bradley or Guerrero. Considering that Bradley is with Top Rank, and Guerrero is with Golden Boy, "The Ghost" likely makes for the easier bout to make, despite the brewing feud between Golden Boy and 50 Cent.
That's all just speculation at this point, however, and it's unclear if Mayweather will even try to get something put together before the end of the year. It would be great for his career to do so though, and it would also be great for boxing to see its biggest star in the ring once again, doing what he does best, and basking in the spotlight right where he belongs.
Sources: ESPN.com/Boxing, RingTV.com
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