MANILA, Philippines – Golden Boy Promotions chief executive officer (CEO) Richard Schaefer believes there are still many boxers who can challenge unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. aside from Filipino champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Mayweather recently extended his winning streak to 43 fights after defeating Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision last May 5 in Las Vegas. Following the fight, he admitted that he is running out of opponents.
Boxing fans are hoping that Mayweather will fight Pacquiao next, though there are numerous obstacles blocking that mega-fight, as the two camps have not yet agreed on numerous issues, including the share of pay-per-view revenue.
Speaking with Boxing Scene, Schaefer said Mayweather still has a lot of challengers aside from Pacquiao.
“Based on the number of e-mails that I’ve received, there are a lot of people who wouldn’t mind seeing a rematch with Cotto,” he said. “The fact is, Cotto not only put forward a tremendous performance, but he also gave Floyd maybe the toughest fight of his life.”
“Like Floyd said, it was the toughest opponent he ever fought. Making a few adjustments, who knows, maybe Miguel might be able to pull it off. I hear more and more support for a potential rematch between the two,” he added.
Schaefer already has an idea for the name of the rematch. “There will be blood,” he said. “You know going into that day it’s going to be a terrific fight... that might be the name of the event – ‘There Will Be Blood.’”
Canelo, The Ghost, others
Schaefer said Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero were also potential opponents, with their own advantages.
“Canelo really wants Mayweather. And while (Golden Boy president) Oscar (De La Hoya) thinks Canelo is not ready, at the end of the day, we believe in giving our fighters the opportunities and we don’t want to stand in a fighter’s way,” Schaefer said.
As for Guerrero, Schaefer believes that he has “the speed, the power and the technical skills to certainly give Mayweather problems.”
Another potential foe is the winner of the fight between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto, which will be held on June 30 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“I think Berto has been waiting patiently for one of those big fights, and I think if he defeats Ortiz, that would be a fight that people would want to see,” Schaefer said.
Mayweather has already fought Ortiz, knocking out the young fighter in the fourth round of their welterweight clash last September 2011 via a controversial “legal sucker punch.”
“If Victor Ortiz wins again, then you have a guy who a lot of people feel there is unfinished business,” Schaefer said.
The promoter said Mayweather can also fight British star Amir “King” Khan, who currently fights at light-welterweight but will be willing to move up to welterweight to challenge the undefeated American.
“Amir is a guy who’s been at 140 (pounds) now for a long time. He feels that if he goes to 147 (pounds), he will have a tremendous impact on the division. And he has the skills, he has the power. Who doesn’t want to see that?” Schaefer said.
But the fight that fans most want to see is a mega-fight between the two pound-for-pound kings of boxing, Pacquiao and Mayweather.
Pacquiao will be defending his WBO welterweight championship against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. on June 9, and Schaefer admitted that Bradley may end up ruining a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather match-up if he pulls off an upset.
“Timothy Bradley is undefeated, and he’s a guy with three weapons: he has two fists and a head,” Schaefer said, referring to Bradley’s tendency to headbutt his opponents.
“You can never count him out, but I really don’t worry too much about that,” he added.
Mayweather is set to report to jail on June 1 for an 87-day jail sentence after a guilty plea to a 2010 domestic violence charge.