The WBC interim champion at 140lbs has potentially just edged most of the other top contenders for the opportunity as talks between Mayweather and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez seemingly hit a brick well as expected.
30 year-old Matthysse’s bruising and dominant win over Lamont Peterson on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City has certainly put ‘The Machine’ in the shop window for what looks on paper to be an explosive encounter.
Devon Alexander, who it has been confirmed fractured his hand in beating down Lee Purdy, is out of the frame to return by Floyd’s next outing and is now linked to opposing Amir Khan in December.
That leaves the door wide open for the WBC to sanction a mouth-watering bout that would see Matthysse enter any possible clash with Mayweather possessing that one punch chance that has been lacking for Mayweather’s recent opponents.
It’s also a fight that the fans would certainly get behind, although the majority are calling for Matthysse to be pitted against Danny Garcia to finalize who is the best right now at the light-welterweight limit.
Mayweather, 36, is known to be cautious in hand-picking some of the harder hitters in the sport, although could not be criticized for recently facing Miguel Cotto and may well fancy the job of ending the considerable hype surrounding Matthysse’s win.