If you're familiar with the epic film "Troy" there is a scene in the movie where Achilles and Boagrius are summoned to fight to the death as representatives of their army. After Achilles makes short work of Boagrius he emphatically asks "Is there no one else? Is there no one else??" It was a simple yet powerful question because the tone suggested the question was almost rhetorical.
The truth was, there was no one else. Out of thousands of soldiers who could have potentially faced Achilles that day, there was not a single soul capable of winning a fight with him.
Floyd Mayweather is the modern Achilles...except Mayweather isn't a demi-god, (I don't think) Mayweather isn't a Greek myth and to my knowledge, Mayweather's weakness isn't his ankles (that was ultimately the demise of Achilles).
Ok but enough of the satirical humor. In all seriousness there is no one else.
With Mayweather believed to be retiring after his six fight deal with Showtime, it would have been ideal for his last fight to be the biggest- you know- kind of like saving the best for last. Instead, Money Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez duked it out last month in a one-sided boxing lesson in what will go down as the highest grossing fight in boxing history. It's an incredible feat. The problem is no one knows who's next?
Floyd Mayweather is currently champion at both welterweight (147lbs) and junior middleweight (154lbs). He's a small 147 as is so the fact that he's been challenging himself against bigger guys at 154 is quite impressive. However, to think he should again challenge himself and move up to 160 is irresponsible to suggest. That's not happening. I can guarantee that.
But between 147 and 154 there are certainly some names one could throw out as possible opponents, but none truly pose a threat and more importantly, hardly any can realistically be promoted as the one who will de-thrown Mayweather.
Recently England's Amir Khan's name has been floating around. Because of his large British fan-base, he's certainly a candidate. It's a money fight. But he hasn't looked good in his last 2 bouts against C level competition.
Another possible opponent is welterweight IBF champion Devon Alexander. Alexander is probably more deserving than say a Khan, but Alexander has a very small following and is largely unknown to anyone who isn't a boxing head. It would be extremely difficult to sell that fight.
Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, two worthy foes, are both promoted by Top Rank and it's well documented that Top Rank and Golden Boy do not do business together. Same with Pacqiuao. The bad relationship between Golden Boy and Top Rank was the real reason the Pacquiao fight never happened. So you can forget about any matchup that involves these two companies working together.
So who's next? Cotto rematch at 154? How about 147? His new trainer Freddie Roach seems to think he's better off fighting there. How bout 140 pound king Danny Garcia? He certainly is deserving, but he has yet to test himself at 147, which is where the fight would take place hypothetically speaking.
At this point no one knows who's next for Floyd. Obviously he will be fighting someone; the date and venue are already booked (May 3rd at the MGM grand in Las Vegas). But my guess is whomever is chosen as his next opponent won't appease passionate boxing heads and won't be known by the casual fan.
The good news is Mayweather is big enough to carry the promotional side of a fight virtually on his own; he's done it before. And with 4 fights left until he sails off into the sunset, it looks like he's going to have to do it again.