Mayweather’s retirement plan option: Maidana, before Khan and Pacquiao
Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. has the option of cementing his final three fights as recent foe Marcos Maidana, Briton Amir Khan and long-time rival Manny Pacquiao aim for a shot at the world’s best fighter.
Mayweather, 37, scored a majority decision victory over Maidana last Saturday night to further seal his place at the top of the boxing tree and now has just three more fights until his scheduled retirement in September 2015.
A rematch with Maidana was agreed to immediately in the ring by Mayweather upon the announcement of his win over the Argentinian, with a spot already lined up for the fight in September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Maidana originally beat off competition from Khan to land the May 3rd Mayweather bout, and is now once again in prime position to do the same, as the devout Muslim is unable to fight on the September date due to his religious beliefs.
Khan defeated Luis Collazo on Mayweather’s undercard and is now considered a viable future opponent for TMT boss, who could decide to face the Olympic silver medallist in May 2015 in what would be his penultimate contest.
That leaves just one window of opportunity left for a super-fight with WBO champion Pacquiao, which if they could somehow thrash out a deal, would be nailed on to be the most lucrative event in boxing history earning both tens of millions.
On the understanding that Mayweather wins all three of his contracted fights with Showtime, that would leave the five-weight world title holder on 49-0, the same record that the great Rocky Marciano ended his career with, and it would be up for debate as to whether the American could stave off the temptation to go for 50-0.
That may well push Mayweather into fighting up until 2016 and beyond his 39th birthday, but would give the sports most famous face the opportunity to bow out with a half century of wins without defeat.
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