"Who deserves the ticket?"

After cruising to an easy win over the rising stars - Robert " The Ghost" Guerrero and Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Boxing fans are wondering who's next for Floyd Mayweather. While most boxing fans are still clamoring for the Mayweather - Pacquiao fight, many people are getting used to a reality in boxing - "There are some fights that people really wanted... but they can't really be made."

Welterweight division is stacked. A division full of talents. There are several logical opponents for Mayweather that we may consider watching. As we all know, fight fans wants a monster fight, not a walk in the park, not a sparring session.

Who had the most quality oppositions? Who poses a bigger threat? Who among these fighters deserves the ticket to a big bout with Floyd "Money" Mayweather? In no particular order:

Marcos Maidana 35–3 (31KO's)

Had victories over:
Victor Ortiz, DeMarcus Corley, Érik Morales, Jesús Soto Karass, Josesito López and more recently - Adrien Broner

Lost to:
Andreas Kotelnik, Amir Khan, Devon Alexander -all by decisions

- Maidana is a big puncher, he can knock his opponent out in a single punch. With 31 KO's over 35 victories, it tells you how much power he got in his hands. Maidana is a relentless attacker and he is not quite slow. If he lands a big punch, he might knock his opponent out. The question is: Can he land it against an elusive defensive genius like Floyd Mayweather? Who knows? boxing is full of surprises. One punch can change the outcome of the fight. Maidana did it with Broner who had the same stance and arguably the same fighting style with Floyd. Broner is not at the same level with Mayweather when it comes to defense though.

Danny Garcia 27–0 (16 KO's)

Had victories over:
Nate Campbell, Kendall Holt, Érik Morales, Amir Khan, Zab Judah and more recently - Lucas Matthysse

- No losses.

- Garcia is not a big puncher, but he got power in his punches, he can box and move pretty well. His ring craft is underrated. He is undefeated and the momentum is on his side after a big win over his 140lbs rival - Lucas Matthysse. He might give Floyd some trouble but there is still a tendency of having same destiny with Guerrero and Alvarez... he is a rising star, young and undefeated but his ring intelligence will be tested, he might get outclassed by Mayweather.

Amir Khan 28-3 (20KO's)

Had victories over:
Marco Antonio Barrera, Andreas Kotelnik, Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, Paul McCloskey, Zab Judah, Carlos Molina and more recently - Julio Díaz

Lost to:
Breidis Prescott - via TKO, Lamont Peterson - via SD, Danny García - via TKO

- Khan is taller than Floyd, he also got speedy hands and combinations. He may be able to give Floyd some trouble at some point, but the success of his attacks will need to be determined in the outcome of the fight. Amir's chin might find punches easier to take versus Mayweather because he is not fighting a big puncher like Maidana or Prescott... but penetrating Floyd's defense will be a big challenge for him. Khan is a more experienced professional boxer than Lara, and he believes he's a bigger draw than any of the other contenders claiming the ticket.

Timothy Bradley 31–0 (12KO's)

Had victories over:
Miguel Vázquez, Junior Witter, Kendall Holt, Nate Campbell, Lamont Peterson, Luis Abregu, Devon Alexander, Manny Pacquiao, Ruslan Provodnikov and more recently - Juan Manuel Marquez

- No losses.

- Bradley is not a puncher. Many would say he doesn't have the power. He's got outstanding physique, but with only 12 KO's over 31 victories, it tells you how much power he is lacking in his hands. Bradley is also young and undefeated but he has faced more quality oppositions that any of Floyd's viable opponents. He was always able to figure out a way to win the fight. He is quick, he can box, his chin was tested for many times... he gets up when he goes down. Long story short, Bradley has better credentials than Maidana, Khan, Garcia and Lara.

Erislandy Lara 19–1–2–0 (12KO's)

Had victories over:
Ronald Hearns, Freddy Hernández, Alfredo Angulo and more recently - Austin Trout

Had draws with:
Carlos Molina and Vanes Martirosyan

Lost to:
Paul Williams - via Majority Decision

- Lara is not a knockout artist but he's got power in his hands. His professional boxing career which spans 19 victories with 12 KO's has yet to face bigger and tougher quality oppositions. Cuban fighters are known for their craft in the ring. Lara is the closest one to give Floyd Mayweather a tougher chest match. He's got stinging jabs and moves pretty well. It would be a boxer vs boxer fight. We can expect Mayweather and Lara showcase their ring brilliance. Very tactical fight.

The emergence of undefeated fighters like Shawn Porter 23–0(14KO's) and Keith Thurman 22–0 (20KO's), adds more spice in the welterweight division but it would be to early for them to enter the ring with an elite fighter like Floyd. Sergio Martinez would likely face Miguel Cotto, Pacquiao with Marquez, Provodnikov or Bradley. 2013 was a thrilling year for boxing. We will see how 2014 will unfold in the next coming months, we might get more thrillers. Stay tune.

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Comment by djpunch317 on January 1, 2014 at 1:32pm
Amir Khan doesn't deserve the fight
Comment by Val Soliman on December 31, 2013 at 3:28am

Mayweather vs Bradley would be interesting to see.

Comment by Andy Paterson on December 30, 2013 at 3:16pm

Garcia or Bradley would be my pick, Floyd goes nowhere near Lara

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