Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Next Opponent Has to Win by Knockout?

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next opponent may have to win by knockout.

That’s some of the chatter after “Money” beat Marcos Maidana. Some believe that Maidana should have won the decision but others point to Mayweather’s technical precision.

The Vegas botu went for 12 rounds, and Maidana tried his best to win, but came up short. 

Showtime Stats showed that although Maidana threw about double the punches that Mayweather did (858 vs 426), he connected on fewer overall (221 vs 239).

Mayweather remains confident of his ability to beat anyone.

“I can box and fight on the inside. I can counterpunch, can use my legs and go both ways. I can turn it into a dirty fight. Whatever,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
“When it’s all said and done, I can always find a way to win. I was born to win and I’ll die a winner. No matter how you get the victory, as long as you get it. People always remember winners.”

Mayweather was cut for the first time as a professional fighter in the bout, Showtime’s PR team noted.

Mayweather rarely relies on a knockout to win–his last KO came in 2011 against Victor Ortiz. On the other hand, his opponent probably has to win by knockout since he appears invincible in decisions.

Maidana is considered one of the boxers who has a shot at knocking out Mayweather, and a rematch may happen in September. It looked like Amir Khan was one of the favorites to be the opponent then but he came forward and said he wouldn’t be ready.

Other potential opponents include Danny Garcia, but right now Manny Pacquiao doesn’t appear to be one of them.

It’s being speculated that the next next fight (the one after the one in September) could be against Khan.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.