Floyd Mayweather's next fight: He's earned the right to face Andre BertoWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Who will Floyd Mayweather fight next?
"In September, I'm going to choose whoever I want to choose," boxing's biggest star told FightHype and other media last week.
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"Probably Andre Berto.... Or a Karim Mayfield."
"I think Berto has been looking good, you know," he added.
Should Floyd select either of the aforementioned fighters to be his dance partner in September, his decision will be met with scorn from fans and the media.
But, does Floyd deserve a pass?
Since May 2012, the fighter dubbed 'Money May' has faced the likes of fight sensation Miguel Cotto, a young stud in Canelo Alvarez, 2000-2009 Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao and the bruising, hard-hitting Marcos Maidana twice.
Fans certainly shouldn't feel obligated to spend money on Mayweather vs Berto but should realize Floyd, fresh off winning the biggest fight of his career and one of the most significant in the entire history of the sport, has earned the right to fight an opponent like Andre.
Fighters shouldn't be expected to face a top gun every time they step into the ring, especially off the heels of a major showdown or loss. Moreover, it's fairly common in boxing for a fighter of Floyd's fame and stature to occasionally face an opponent who is deemed non-threatening.
After defeating the great Muhammad Ali in last century's 'Fight of the Century,' then-heavyweight champion Joe Frazier defended his title against a fella named Terry Daniels who was 6-3 in his previous nine bouts and hadn't defeated anyone of consequence.
As a matter of fact, Daniels ended his career with a very modest record of 35-30-1.
Evander Holyfield, after lifting the heavyweight title from Buster Douglas in 1990, opted to face a chubby 42 year old George Foreman in what many presumed would be a mismatch.
They were wrong.
And after facing superstars Felix Trinidad and Shane Mosley in two of his previous three bouts, fight legend Oscar De La Hoya, the biggest draw in the sport at the time, opted for a fight with an over-matched Arturo Gatti in 2001.
Don't be surprised if Floud Mayweather fights Andre Berto next. And while Mayweather vs Berto wouldn't break any pay-per-view records and is more suited for free, mainstream television, Floyd cannot forgo the last bout of his lucrative six-fight deal with CBS/Showtime so fans will have a decision to make come September.