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Mayweather considers options outside Pacquiao

The 35 year-old pound for pound king has been out of the ring since scoring a unanimous points win over Miguel Cotto in May and has served a two-month prison sentence during his time away from the sport.

Cotto, 32, who returns himself this Saturday night in a bid to regain the world title against Austin Trout, is said to be one of those names, although Manny Pacquiao seemingly does not figure in Mayweather’s immediate plans.

The rugged Puerto Rican is joined by interim title holder to Mayweather’s belt Robert Guerrero, WBC 154lb champion Saul Alvarez and Timothy Bradley as potential names for a spring showdown with the ‘Money’ man.

Guerrero would seem the more likely as Mayweather may decide to campaign back at 147lbs, although if the American intends to remain at 154, Alvarez may well get the nod for a huge unification, possibly on May 4th.

Fans may have expected the news that Pacquiao fight would once again fail to materialize, with the majority believing that a fight between the two P4P best in the world is two years past its sell by date.

The fight does remain the most lucrative option out there at this present moment though and Mayweather may wait until after December 8 and see how Pacquiao performs in his fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez before making his decision final.