The Floyd Mayweather Sweepstakes

By Ted Sares on July 15, 2015
The Floyd Mayweather Sweepstakes
Mayweather's last fight being free is nothing less than preposterous. (Peter Hapak/ESPN)

Who should he fight? Who is he likely to fight? This is not about the most noteworthy competition; this about retiring with a 50-0 record…

“I’ve been the ring with everyone. I soundly beat Herrera; I whooped Pacquiao and Khan in sparring. Shawn Porter refused to step in the ring when he had the choice to fight me or Erick Bone with only one day notice. A lot of fighters have ducked me because I’m a serious threat to anyone.”—Karim Mayfield

“If they say these guys were handpicked, they were handpicked to make $40 and $50 and $60 million, then you know what? Keep handpicking them. If they’re going to keep paying, keep handpicking them.”—Floyd Mayweather

Floyd has a number of options all of which, by definition, are lucrative, and an announcement is possible as soon as the end of this week according to at least one source.

Andre Berto (30-3)

One hot and swirling rumor has it that he will fight Andre Berto, on CBS no less, on September 12, and then, assuming he wins, calls it a career at 49-0. However, the specter of Floyd Mayweather’s last fight being a free one for fans is nothing less than preposterous to wit: After he wins his 49th fight, he most likely will announce that he will go after Number 50 to break Rocky Marciano’s record, but this one will be on PPV and will yield another mountain of cash for the combatants. So who will be the lucky opponent who gets an early retirement package?

Possible Opponents for Number 50

Keith Thurman (26-0): While he no longer has the gravitas he once had based on his showing against Luis Collazo, Thurman’s showing in that fight just might whet Floyd’s appetite. The young Keith is undefeated and holds a world title, but he lacks the style, power or experience to beat Money. In short, he is perfect.

The winner of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1) vs. Miguel Cotto (40-4): Floyd has wins over both, but the winner would bring fresh credentials into a rematch, not to mention extremely strong fan support. This would be a proud and dignified way for Floyd to go out, but it is also one paved with danger.

The winner of Danny Garcia (30-0) vs. Paulie Malignaggi (33-6): Garcia is starting to slip and if Pauley pulled off an upset, he could become an interesting possibility, albeit a distant one. If Garcia wins impressively, he gets into the mix aka sweepstakes.

Brandon Rios (33-2-1): If he somehow wins his next fight (against Kell Brook) like he won his last against Mike Alvarado could become the perfect foil for Mayweather. But winning against Brook is a very big “if.”

Secondary—Even Unlikely—Opponents

Karim Mayfield (19-2): Everyone’s favorite sparring partner. He could be interchanged with Berto, but Berto is far better known and more fan-friendly.

Timothy Bradley (31-1-1): Too dangerous, though he is the most-recognized name on this list. There are promotional issues as well.

Amir Khan (31-3): His showing against an aroused Chris Algieri did little to improve his drawing power.

Kell Brook (35-0): A fight in the UK would be huge but not in the cards. Money lives in Las Vegas and works in Las Vegas. Moreover, Brook’s pitch for a bout against Mayweather via Eddie Hearn went up in smoke when the WBO stripped Floyd of his title and named Timothy Bradley the new champion.

Gennady Golovkin (33-0): Not a good idea though it would be bigger than Mayweather-Pacquiao. This is more about legacy than it is about money and GGG would pose a serious threat to Floyd’s legacy.

Jesse Vargas (26-1): No drawing power.

Sammy Vasquez Jr. (19-0): Compelling story but too unknown.

Shawn Porter (26-1-1): His showing against Broner did little for his viability.

Marcus Maidana (35-5): Twice is enough.

Erislandy Lara (21-2-2): Another very dangerous opponent; maybe too dangerous.

Manny Pacquiao rematch: First time shame on you.

Now then, a solid case could be made for Mayweather to fight Khan, Bradley or Brook, but the above analysis is not based on who he should fight. It’s based on who he is likely to fight.

This is not about the most noteworthy competition; this about retiring with a 50-0 record.

Ted Sares is a member of the Ring 4 Boxing Hall of Fame (New England) and a member of Ring 10 (New York). He is one of the oldest active powerlifters in the world and competes in the Grand Master Class.

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  1. KB 08:54am, 07/26/2015

    Rob, I think they left the post on there to show what an imbecile the roach is. Your points about Floyd are good one.

  2. rob 04:18pm, 07/25/2015

    Bunch of losers sore in the butt region. Floyd is the best this generation and best defensive fighter ever. Almost 39 and on his last fight and still people want him to fight the youngest heaviest fighters. That is a testament to greatness

  3. rob 04:14pm, 07/25/2015

    So a little roach can leave a comment with NIGgER plastered all over but i"m out of bounds when I talk about dog eating gooks?

  4. KB 12:47pm, 07/17/2015

    hahahahaha. He’s okay. We go way back.

  5. Big Wally 10:33am, 07/17/2015

    I don’t think Danreb likes you Ted

  6. KB 06:36pm, 07/15/2015

    FD, That’s exactly why it might be one of them

  7. FrankinDallas 06:25pm, 07/15/2015

    Please please please NOT Paulie or Danny Garcia.
    Neither has a chance in hell in making even a mildly
    interesting fight. Even Berto will make it a decent bout.

  8. Laurena 06:17pm, 07/15/2015

    Of course you did. CG probably did, too. I’ll throw some typos and poor grammar in next time to keep my cover.

  9. KB 06:13pm, 07/15/2015

    I knew all the time.

  10. KB 06:06pm, 07/15/2015

    Thanks Laurena. I too agree with CG.

  11. Laurena 06:04pm, 07/15/2015

    Great article, Ted. Truly enjoyed this one. Personally, I don’t even want to pay for the electricity it would cost to run my “free TV” for this. I completely agree with CG as well, comparing Mayweather to Marciano is absurd.

  12. KB 05:32pm, 07/15/2015

    Eduardo, He won’t lost BUT he is playing a game with us and to that point I am a bit tired as well. He should just say: Hey, I’m fighting Berto on CBS and then, if I win, I will fight someone else for my 50th and last fight.” Take all the bullshit out of the equation and stop insulting our collective intelligence.

  13. Eduardo gomez 05:29pm, 07/15/2015

    I don’t care who floy is gonna pick to fight on september last fight with packiao was horrible i dont think boxing fans want to see him fighting again i’m tired of his game to pay to see him loose

  14. KB 02:20pm, 07/15/2015

    “I’m happy to be in the running for this fight and am definitely up for the challenge. I know it will be a great fight if it happens,” André Berto playing it coy. He is on the verge of becoming a millionaire. Think about that for one minute. If he gets this fight, he jumps from comeback contender to millionaire just like that and his handlers will do well also.

    And why not? This is what sweepstakes are all about. 70% luck and 30% something else.

  15. KB 12:43pm, 07/15/2015

    Dranreb, great stuff mate, Very clear and to the point. At least you do not mask your feelings. As for the BWAA RING MAGAZINE ESPN YAHOO SPORTS CNN FOX SPORTS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, I quite agree with and by the way, I am a proud non-member of each of those organizations.

  16. KB 12:38pm, 07/15/2015

    Thanks John, Tex and Dollarbond. I agree on all accounts. Why take risks now? He has always been careful and will continue to be until the end.

  17. Dranreb Dutchboygym 12:29pm, 07/15/2015

    @ senior war freak pensioner old citizen TED SARES better find something else rather than write about your fellow protected NIGGER headlocker, runner DUCKWEATHER JR whos whole life boxing records 99% handpicked and blessed by VEGAS 3 stooges judges and protected by every retarded ego maniac self proclaimed member of BWAA RING MAGAZINE ESPN YAHOO SPORTS CNN FOX SPORTS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED all of this bunches ego maniac lovers dead when it comes about fair competations…they will lived it to thier fake legends of this sports…tsk tsk tsk TED SARES is a BIG JOKE shame on you retarded american wannabee boxing writer…go to home for the ages that place is suit for you…not here!!!  youre a one sided american ego maniac lover self proclaimed while the whole world are laughing @ yours!!!  PACQUIAO makes your nieeegaaaahs super scared inside the ring thats why he doesnt have enough tiny balls to engage plain N simple.

  18. John aka L.L. Cool John 11:31am, 07/15/2015

    Eric has the beat! Personally, I see Mayweather coasting along in has next fight and the same if he decides to fight for No.50. Thurman, GGG, Bradley are all way too dangerous. If ESPN is correct, it appears PBF is attempting to lure De la Hoya out of retirement. I don’t see that happening either.
    If a fight is to occur on September 12, an opponent need to be selected soon.
    Another nice breakdown on the fight game, Ted.

  19. Tex Hassler 10:37am, 07/15/2015

    I doubt Mayweather would fight GGG for any price. I agree with Eric on this point.

  20. Dollarbond 10:19am, 07/15/2015

    Great listing.  I think he leaves with good one.

  21. bikermike 08:19am, 07/15/2015

    Pay to see mayweather fight ???  Blah ha ha ha..snort snort…Blah ha ha ha

    fugetaboutit !!

  22. KB 07:59am, 07/15/2015

    Eric, thanks for your sage point.

    Thanks for the prop CG and Irish. All of a sudden, Thurman becomes an interesting guy for a lot of different reasons. Actually, he also could be a lucky gut because Floyd’s opponent will be able to retire in class.

  23. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:10am, 07/15/2015

    Ted Sares-Thurman lacks the “power” to beat Floyd….interesting…. but it fits in nicely with your “Spot-on analysis” per Clarence George. I say that based on the last two rounds with Guererro and the Collazo fight that Mayweather should jump on Keith for either #49 or #50

  24. Clarence George 06:19am, 07/15/2015

    Spot-on analysis. 

    I know who Mayweather would really like to fight—75-year-old Jean Josselin.  But I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he goes with Berto.  Nobody cares about this 49th fight.  No pay-per-view suckers for this one, which is why it may very well run on CBS.  As for the 50th…I’ve never bought into this Marciano stuff.  The Rock was a heavyweight, Mayweather’s a welterweight, and I don’t see any basis for comparison.  The only way Rocky’s record can be broken is if a heavyweight goes 50-0.

  25. Eric 06:08am, 07/15/2015

    Bradley? As stated, Bradley is too risky, this is probably the best matchup listed IMO. GGG? Floyd didn’t get to where he is now by being stupid. No way would he risk a fight with the much bigger and more powerful Golovkin. Floyd doesn’t have the cojones that Duran had back in the day. Floyd will choose the Larry Holmes route and go for the safest opponent, however, that didn’t work out too well with Holmes.

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