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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Next Fight: Who Will Be Next Opponent? Amir Khan, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, or Manny Pacquaio Again?

( [email protected] ) Jun 05, 2015 11:55 AM EDT
Floyd Mayweather Jr. certainly proved himself the champ when he came out on top at the new "fight of the century" with Manny Pacquaio. The man certainly made quite a purse after that, and this is what we know about Floyd Mayweather Jr's net worth and next fight with potentials like Amir Khan, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, or even Manny Pacquaio.
Who will Mayweather fight next? Reuters

Floyd Mayweather Jr. certainly proved himself the champ when he came out on top at the new "fight of the century" with Manny Pacquaio. The man certainly made quite a purse after that, and this is what we know about Floyd Mayweather Jr's net worth and next fight with potentials like Amir Khan, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, or even Manny Pacquaio.   

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Floyd Mayweather's net worth is at $400 million.  Just so you know, this figure is actually calculated before the now historic Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas.  Considering that fight was a 60-40 split with Mayweather getting the biggest chunk, it is possible that figure is too low.  Forbes puts Mayweather as Number 7 in the Celebrity 100, and number 1 of the World's Highest Paid Athletes, and that stat is also old at 2014. 

With all of this money and probably more, Mayweather is planned to fight again in September in the final bout of his six-fight Showtime/CBS deal, and then retire.  So with all that money and all the hype of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, one has to wonder what is next for Floyd Mayweather? 

It is possible that British welterweight Amir Khan, who just beat Chris Algieri in a unanimous decision, wants to take on the number one fighter in the world.  According to Business Insider, Khan told announcer Jimmy Smith after the Algieri fight: "I'm the No.1 WBC contender, Mayweather's the champion, let's make it happen".  Khan has also apparently told Press Association Sport that negotiations between the two camps have escalated, and a potential fight is closer than ever before. 

The International Business Times states that after Mayweather earned approximately $200 million in the highest-grossing-pay-per-view of all time, there isn't an opponent who will help him make anywhere close to that much money in his next bout.  The most profitable potential fight would be against Canelo Alvarez.  When the two faced off in September 2013, it was then the most top grossing boxing match ever at $150 million and 2.2 million PPV buy-ins. 

Alvarez might not have been that much competition for Mayweather two years ago, when last they fought, but there is a clear link between the rise of Alvarez's popularity with the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout.  Alverez's vs. Erislandy Lara only generated 325,000 PPV buys, but the May 9th fight against James Kirkland was seen by an averge 2.146 million viewers on HBO. 

Another option for an opponent for Mayweather could be Miguel Cotto, who is facing Daniel Geale on Saturday.  They have met before and Mayweather made $32 million guaranteed, with PPV of 1.5 million buys.   

Whatever the case, it doesn't appear that Mayweather will be doing any rematch with Pacquiao anytime soon.  According to ESPN, he was willing to face off with Pacquaio but changed his mind, saying: "At this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward". 

It would be very difficult to top the money that Mayweather made with Pacquaio, and I'm not certain if any opponents besides a rematch with Pacquiao would bring in that much money and PPV buys.  We'll have to see who the next opponent will be.