5 Fights for Floyd Mayweather Jr that exclude Pacquiao, De La Hoya or Hatton
By John Benz (Mar 24, 2009) Doghouse Boxing        
There are plenty of great fights that could be made if Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to the sport. The obvious fight is against Manny Pacquiao, but it isn't the only fight worthy of note for Mayweather Jr.

There are also plenty of fights that shouldn't be made. Amongst them would be rematches against Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. Simply put... been there, done that. Although I would give some credit (be it small) to giving De La Hoya a rematch, as their fight on May 5, 2007, at the MGM Grand Arena
in Las Vegas was ruled a split decision in favor of Mayweather Jr. Hatton on the other hand got TKO'ed in the 10th round back in December of 2007 when he faced of against Mayweather Jr.

In no particular order here is a list of fighters that I think would be great to see Mayweather Jr. fight. Absent from the list is obviously Hatton and De La Hoya, for the reasons I stated above. Also absent from the list is Pacquiao... because after all, that one is a no-brainer.

Shane Mosley: Hey, what's not to like about this match-up? Mosley is coming off an impressive victory against Antonio Margarito. By stopping Margarito in the 9th round back in January of this year, Mosley put an exclamation point on his name. He's a great fight and target for anyone right now. A fight against Mayweather Jr. would not only be great, but would go a long way in taking off some of the slag Mayweather Jr. has gotten for not facing Margarito.

Juan Manuel Marquez: This would be my absolute favorite match-up for Mayweather Jr. Marquez is simply amazing and you just know Pacquiao wants nothing to do with him anytime soon. By fighting Marquez, Mayweather Jr. would not only put Pacquiao on notice, but he could also show him up as well. Beating Marquez would easily dethrone Pacquiao from the top Pound for Pound spot (a position Pacquiao earned by default when Mayweather Jr. retired.)

Edwin Valero: He is a bit mysterious, has punching power and is another fighter that Pacquiao seems to be avoiding like the Bubonic plague. Valero needs a shot and deserves a shot against a top tier fighter.

Miguel Cotto: With Margarito's illegal hand wraps becoming a dominating issue this year, I am not so sure of the outcome anymore of his fight with Cotto. Of course there is no evidence that Margarito had loaded gloves in that fight, but being reportedly caught trying to use loaded gloves against Mosley this year just doesn't sit well with me. I am now willing to take a fresh look at Cotto. Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden... Now that would be a fight worthy of packing the great Garden.

Vernon Forrest: Nicknamed "The Viper", holds two impressive victories over Mosley. In 2001, Forrest fought Mosley at time Mosley was considered to be at his best as well as ranked the best Pound for Pound . Forrest beat Mosley in a one-sided unanimous decision in that fight. Forrest would repeat that feat Six months later, earning another unanimous decision over Mosley. Viper is enjoyable to watch and perhaps unfairly underrated, but make no mistake, he is dangerous and would make for a great fight against Mayweather Jr.

I am sure I could come up with many more fights, but these are a few of the fights that would peak my curiosity and would also have me glued to my chair.

Let's hope Mayweather Jr. doesn't keep us hanging on much longer... because let me tell ya! There are great fights to be made!

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