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Nine Dream Opponents For Floyd Mayweather In 2020

Nine Dream Opponents For Floyd Mayweather In 2020

Floyd Mayweather confirmed he's coming out of retirement in 2020. But who could possibly step up to take on the undefeated, former five weight world champion?

It's been over two years since Mayweather fought a professional fight, beating Conor McGregor to take his record to 50-0, but on Friday he posted on Instagram to reveal he was coming out of retirement.

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A second post alongside UFC president Dana White suggested that instead of the ring it could be an octagon that 'Money' next competes in.

We decided to take a look at options from both boxing and UFC who could be the next opponents for Mayweather.

Conor McGregor

'The Notorious' against anyone is instantly a big money fight, even with his recent inactivity, and whether it's a rematch in the ring or the American moving to UFC for the second installment, Mayweather vs McGregor makes all sorts of sense.

Mayweather could fight McGregor again, but inside the octagon this time. Image: PA Images
Mayweather could fight McGregor again, but inside the octagon this time. Image: PA Images
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Khabib Nurmagomedov

The UFC lightweight champion's agent Ali Abdelaziz claimed Mayweather had been 'begging' for a fight with Khabib whilst the Russian's dad hinted they'd be interested after the Tony Ferguson fight.

Again it could be in the ring or the octagon but either way it would be an intriguing match up.

Manny Pacquiao

The most obvious choice if 'Pretty Boy' takes on an actual boxer in his comeback. The pair shared the ring once before in 2015, though even that was later than they should have met, and talk of a rematch has never gone away.

Pacquiao is the current WBA welterweight champion so a title match would be a huge reason to come out of retirement.

Errol Spence

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed that their welterweight division won't need an interim champion with Spence set to recover pretty quick from a car crash in October.

With a title and an undefeated record on the line it would make for a tasty encounter between the pair, especially if Spence and Terence Crawford can't organise a fight.

Terence Crawford

Crawford is missing the real statement victory on his reign as WBO welterweight champion and an encounter with Spence really is the one everyone wants.

If that's not possible then coming up against one of the best of a generation would be beneficial for the undefeated American, especially if he conflicted a first defeat on Mayweather.

Crawford beat Khan pretty handily. Image: PA Images
Crawford beat Khan pretty handily. Image: PA Images

Amir Khan

For as long as Pacquiao and Mayweather are breathing they're likely to be chased by Khan.

The Brit lost to Crawford last time out and was stopped by Canelo Alvarez in 2016, and his losses are usually spectacular, but he remains a big draw and a dangerous opponent. Will he ever got what he wants?

Jamie Munguia

Okay, this one is never going to happen I know, but a man can dream.

Mayweather would never put his undefeated record on the line against a man as dangerous as Mungia, in a weight he's never won a title in at that.

However the 42-year-olds fight with McGregor was at super welterweight and if he decides not to shed the pounds then the Mexican would be a great fight. The 23-year-old is moving up in weight in his next bout which could also cause an issue.

Josh Taylor

If fighting Munguia means going up in weight then a fight with Taylor means dropping down to super lightweight, where Mayweather hasn't fought since beating Arturo Gatti in 2005, and seems almost as unlikely.

The Scottish WBA champion fought a match of the year candidate against Regis Prograis last time out and the obvious next fight would be against the winner of José Ramírez vs Viktor Postol to unify the division.

But the thought of Taylor vs Mayweather, whilst unbelievably unlikely, seems like a thing of dreams.

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Saul Canelo Alvarez

If you're going to comment about weight being an issue when it comes to some of my previous picks then you should probably forget about the dream of a rematch between Mayweather and a peak Canelo.

'Money' inflicted the Mexican's only loss to date in September 2013 at light middleweight. Alvarez is now champion at middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight, that weight discrepancy makes any fight unlikely but it won't stop us thinking about it.

Canelo recently said he would avenge his one defeat if the pair met again and ending Mayweather's undefeated record would mark him out as an all time great.

Who do you want to see Mayweather face?

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Manny Pacquiao, Boxing News, UFC News, MMA News, Boxing, Amir Khan, MMA, Dana White, Floyd Mayweather

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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