Whether you believe it lived up to the hype or thought was a bust, the biggest boxing match of this generation is finally in the books. A bout that played out against everyones wishes, but went along with how most experts predicted it would, saw Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2) lose by unanimous decision to Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (48-0), who moves one step closer to Rocky Marciano’s perfect 49-0 undefeated record.

The question everyone is asking now is where does Money go from here? With a a slew of young fighters chomping at the bit and a small stable of veterans who have yet to face the undefeated five-division champion, it seems there are few options available for Mayweather’s swan song.

Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2)

Despite previously stating that he would likely not be having an immediate rematch against Pacman, it’s believed a rematch clause was already written into their contract, so the hard work of negotiating has already been done if both fighters choose to go this route. Even though this past weekends fight didn’t deliver the fireworks many had hoped for, reports of Pacquiao suffering a shoulder injury in training do add some intrigue into the idea of a rematch, and while a second bout would unlikely sell as well as their first, it is still the most lucrative bout available for both fighters. So if Money is truly contemplating retirement after his next fight, then why not add as much cash to the coffers as possible beforehand?

Amir Khan (30-3)

This is a fight that seemed almost destined to happen back until Amir Khan dropped back-t0-back losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, respectively. Khan, to his credit, has been able to string together four-straight and if he comes out on top against Chris Algieri later this month, he’ll be back into a good place to start asking for boxings biggest draw. Khan has made the permanent move to welterweight, and like a couple of Floyd’s most recent opponents, is signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, which would help ensure a quick and smooth bout agreement. Khan may not be the biggest name available, but he’s a decent international draw and might just be an interesting enough opponent for Mayweather to take on.

Kell Brook (34-0)

If interesting is what we’re going for, then IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook is about as interesting as it gets. At 29-years-old, the Brit is undefeated in 34 professional outings, making him mature enough, and seasoned enough for this level of match. The downside is he has yet to face any of the usual suspects of the division, and is not as big a draw as his latino counterparts. While Eddie Hearn recently stated that both Kkan and Brook were off the table for Floyd because they lacked star power, no one should make that bet just yet. Assuming Brook gets past Frankie Gavin later this month, he may be able to drum up enough support to make this fight happen.

Adrien Broner (30-1)

Broner seemed destined to face Floyd one day, but a unanimous decision loss to Marcos Maidana saw any hopes of that fight happening soon slip away. Maidana himself would immediately go on to face Mgyweather not once, but twice. Broner has got three more in the win column since, but against lesser competition. He’s stated he’d like to fight Khan, and Danny Garcia has been lobbying for a bout against him, but if he can get past his recent legal troubles, the dangerous 25-year-old might be the best test for Mayweather before he retires.

Terence Crawford (26-0)

Having been labeled by some as the next Floyd Mayweather, Terence Crawford has everything it takes to be a PPV draw. The only problem is if you want to be the man, you have to beat the man. Just as both Mayweather and Pacquio did with Ricky Hatton and De La Hoya, so must Crawford with one of the two giants. He has all the elements to be a superstar, and could be adored instead of infamous. Many analysts like this matchup, but it’s still unclear where Money’s mind is at. Of course even if the fight does happen, it will be a big mountain to climb in order for Crawford to dethrone the king of PPV and claim that title as well.

  • bonkerstheclown mcpickle

    Pacquiao was the last best hope that anyone would ever beat Mayweather. If this fight had happened 5 years ago, he might have even done it. Likely that was the reason so many people plunked down $100 to see the fight. They desperately wanted to see loudmouth Mayweather lose just one time. Now, Floyd will take one more fight — maybe two so it’s an even 50 — win both of them the same way he always has and retire. After that, boxing will fall off the proverbial cliff popularity-wise. There isn’t a PPV draw big enough to take the place of Mayweather and Pacquiao. Barring some uber-charismatic fighter coming out of the woodwork, this will go down in history as the last gasp of the era of boxing’s greatest era: Starting in 1900 and ending this decade.

    The only thing that could possibly save boxing for a little while longer would be for FM to get KTFO by his last opponent. In a single stroke, that would probably crown a PPV heir to the throne.