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article imageOp-Ed: Why Mayweather's next hand-picked foe has slim chance of winning

By Leo Reyes     Jul 26, 2015 in Sports
It could have been fair and equitable if Floyd Mayweather gave his potential opponent at least eight weeks to train before they collide on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, but he has yet to name his foe with only a little over four weeks left until fight night.
No matter how fans look at it, Maywather's scheduled Sept. 12 fight is already tilted in his favor because his potential foe will only have four weeks to train, assuming he names his opponent in the next four days.
Apparently, Mayweather wanted to be doubly sure he wins his next fight because it will be good for his legacy as he will duplicate Rocky Marciano's 49-0 career record and he will be a fight away from breaking it.
It appears Mayweather is grooming Andre Berto for his next fight. If indeed Berto is the lucky guy — as he will have his biggest career payday — he could be destined to lose because of his limited time to train.
Mayweather has started training about a month ago and by Sept. 12, he would have trained for roughly eight weeks which is the usual length of time that boxers prepare for major fights
Berto on the other hand would have trained for only a month or maybe less depending on Mayweather's mood to officially name him as his next opponent.
Whoever Mayweather names as his next foe will have to cram because of time constraints. But the huge payday is very enticing for the potential opponent and most likely he will grab the opportunity to make a life-changing amount of money in just about a month or even less.
Still, Mayweather could be criticized for not observing fair play or a level playing field as he started training ahead of his opponent. He may have done it deliberately to gain advantage over his opponent and if he did, it won't be good for boxing.
Persistent reports in the past weeks and months indicate British fighter Amir Khan would be Mayweather's next opponent but according to Los Angeles Times Mayweather has ruled out fighting Khan on Sept. 12. The report did not name Berto as Mayweather's next opponent.
Early this month Mayweather was reported to have explored the possibility of doing his last fight on free TV where the cost of airing it will be sourced through adverts but it appears that it isn't feasible which may have prompted Mayweather to abandon the plan.
Mayweather is coming off a unanimous decision win over Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao in a fight that broke all-time pay-per-view records in boxing history.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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