Floyd Mayweather has run out of challengers to his undisputed crown as the pound-for-pound best in the world. According to World Boxing Association Vice President Gilberto Mendoza, he has to face Manny Pacquiao next.
Mayweather, 38, is the closest to agreeing on a clash with Pacquiao. It comes after seven frustrating years for the boxing world.
Mendoza says any other opponent would be covering old ground for the current WBA and WBC title holder.
Miguel Cotto’s name has cropped up as a potential second option to Mayweather for his 48th pro contest on May 2 in Las Vegas.
However, Mendoza has joined most of the sport, wishing for an official announcement of a massive super-fight with his Filipino arch-rival.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao
“Based on my experience, it would be Mayweather vs Pacquiao over a fight with Cotto,” Mendoza told World Boxing News.
“Boxing fans demand this fight. Generally, the sport needs a historical event such as Mayweather vs Pacquiao.
“There are no opponents left for Floyd. The only fighter capable of putting risk into his undefeated record is the ‘Pacman.’ This fight needs to happen now.
“Finally, there has been so much expectation and uncertainty about Mayweather and Pacquiao fighting that the pay-per-view buys for this event will be the highest ever in boxing,” he added.
There are many positive signs that the fight will finally make it over the line.
Pacquiao has laid all his cards on the table and outlined that he only requires a 40% split without any stipulations from Mayweather for the Las Vegas clash.
This scenario means ‘Money’ Mayweather can call all the shots in the contract, as he likes to do.
He can then leave Pacquiao to await the green light for the biggest fight of this generation – which hopefully will come by the end of next week.