Floyd Mayweather has ran out of challengers to his undisputed crown as the pound for pound best in the world and has to face Manny Pacquiao next, according to World Boxing Association Vice President Gilberto Mendoza.
Mayweather, 38, is said to be the closest ever to agreeing a clash with Pacquiao after seven frustrating years for the boxing world and 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, although Mendoza has joined the majority of the sport in wishing for an official announcement of a huge super-fight with his Filipino arch-rival.
“Based on my experience, it would be Mayweather v. Pacquiao over a fight with Cotto,” Mendoza told World Boxing News.
“Boxing fans demand this fight and generally the sport need an historic event such as Mayweather v Pacquiao.
“There are no opponents left for Floyd. The only fighter capable of putting in risks his undefeated record is the ‘Pacman’ – and 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.
As it stands, 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 all he requires is a 40% split without any stipulations from Mayweather for the Las Vegas clash to go ahead.
This means ‘Money’ Mayweather can call all the shots in the contract, as he likes to do, and just leave Pacquiao to await the green light for the biggest fight of this generation – which hopefully will come by end the end of next week.