Thursday, September 19, 2013
Could Thurman or Garcia test Mayweather?
By Michael Woods
Come one, come all, step right up and test yourself against the greatest boxer of his generation, and perhaps, of all time.
The search is on for someone, anyone, who can test Floyd Mayweather (45-0 with 26 KOs), the superlative ring technician who made a very good boxer named Canelo Alvarez look very average on Saturday night.
I asked Al Bernstein, the Hall of Fame broadcaster who helped call on Showtime pay-per-view the Mayweather win in Las Vegas to chime in and offer some clarity on what direction Floyd goes next.
"Right now I don't see a welterweight who can give him a genuine challenge," Bernstein told me. "I think in a year Keith Thurman (current interim WBA welter champ; 21-0 record) would be my choice as a 147-pound challenger. For now, the path would probably be another foray into the 154-pound division to create a match that would be difficult for him. Clearly either Sergio Martinez or Gennady Golovkin coming down to 154 would be quite interesting."
In the scrap right before Mayweather again showed his thorough dominance of the form, Danny Garcia (27-0; current WBC and WBA 140-pound champ), the 25-year-old Philadelphia-based boxer, impressed even those who had held out labeling him the real deal and insisted he'd elevated himself to a certain level on the backs of faded foes. Garcia showed poise and strategic superiority of an ultra-vet in figuring out power-punching Argentine Lucas Matthysse, and earning a unanimous decision. Perhaps he could be slotted against Mayweather next May, when Floyd gloves up again?
"Danny Garcia could move up to 147, but I don't know if that is marketable enough or if Garcia can make that move up and be a threat to Floyd," Bernstein said. "I do know three fighters who would make great matches for Floyd, but unfortunately Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Sugar Ray Robinson are not available."
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