By: Marcus Washington
3. Jermell Charlo Calls Out Floyd
It’s obvious that fighters realize that the only mega payday out there is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Despite the fact that Mayweather Jr. has retired (allegedly), there are still challenges coming from young fighters who want to boost their resume by giving the retired undefeated champ his first loss. Charlo challenged Mayweather Jr. to fight him for his belt at 154. Don’t expect Mayweather Jr. to consider coming out of retirement for someone with such a small name amongst casual boxing fans. For now, Charlo must be satisfied with his Saturday boutique against Joachim Alcine.
2. Bradley Jr/Rios Winner Could Face Canelo
Earlier in the week, Bob Arum indicated that he would feel comfortable matching the Tim Bradley Jr.-Brandon Rios winner against Canelo Alvarez if Canelo defeats Miguel Cotto. Neither Bradley or Rios is a satisfying opponent for a fighter who insists he wants to fight top flight opponents. Bradley Jr. is nearing the end of his career and, stylistically, doesn’t match up well with Canelo and Rios is a “C” level fighter. If Canelo defeats Cotto, the logical match would be against GGG in 2016.
1. Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. 2?
Despite what Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe, claims there is talk that Pacquiao is trying to negotiate a rematch against Mayweather Jr. Mayweather Jr. claims that he is retired yet he hasn’t vacated the four belts he currently holds. This gives hope to some fight fans that Pacquiao will get a second chance to defeat Mayweather Jr. On one level, you can say that Mayweather Jr. knows he’s done at 49-0, but it isn’t that simple. With the Showtime contract over, Mayweather Promotions could start a bidding war between HBO and Showtime over a rematch. It won’t fetch the price it received last time, but it would get more than what GGG’s pay-per-view.
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