Editor’s view: Oscar call-out masks opponent struggle for Floyd

Phil Jay 18/06/2015

However serious or not, Floyd Mayweather’s recent offer to fight Oscar De La Hoya again in September has pointed to a lack of high-profile opponents for the pound for pound king to consider.

Mayweather at 38 wanting to face 42 year-old and long-retired De La Hoya on pay-per-view says that without the injured Manny Pacquiao, the American’s plan to bow out of boxing with mega-money events has now fallen apart.

In agreeing the deal with Pacquiao, it can now be assumed that Mayweather was hoping for at least a rematch to see out his Showtime contract, but the Filipino’s initial performance and subsequent surgery have left Mayweather in the lurch.

So where does ‘Money’ go now? – Keith Thurman, Kell Brook or Amir Khan – who knows? Although the 49th fight of Mayweather’s career certainly won’t generate anywhere near the revenue his May 2 bonanza with the ‘Pacman’ did.

You could argue that Khan is the more well-known of the three names and has the better C.V on paper, but Thurman is a world champion at 147 and Brook has the only title left that Mayweather needs to complete a full set at his ideal weight.

Obviously, as I have stated before I’d like to see Floyd face Gennady Golovkin at 154 if the Kazakh can get down to the limit safely, or even a return with Miguel Cotto if the Puerto Rican puts his negotiated contest with Canelo Alvarez on hold.

As Cotto v Alvarez looks set to go through as planned Golovkin in the obvious choice. HBO would probably want to avoid dealing with another co-promotion alongside Showtime so soon after the Pacquiao event though, but could well make their move when Mayweather’s deal runs out.

Would Erislandy Lara have a chance or dare say it, Adrien Broner using the teacher versus student angle? – It’s highly doubtful at this point due to the bond they share.

Mayweather is evidently struggling to fill the void left by his generational rival Pacquiao, even after all the negative May 2 fallout from their first contest.

Who’d have thought Floyd would have needed Manny so badly just a few weeks ago?