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Floyd Mayweather’s next fight: What’s next for ‘Money’ after his win in Abu Dhabi?

Jason Burgos
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Following his easy win over Don Moore in Abu Dhabi on May 21, Floyd Mayweather’s next fight might come later in the year. With the boxing icon in pursuit of big pay days only, there is a unique group of possible opponents on the horizon.

Who will Floyd Mayweather’s next fight be against

“Money” is not out to pointlessly risk his unbeaten record at 45-years-old. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t up for a having a little fun. It will take a foe with some serious name value to make Mayweather, Jr. endure a serious training camp for a boxing return. That’s why rematches with Manny Pacquiao, Conor McGregor or Logan Paul make the most sense.

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Jan 19, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather looks on prior to the Badou Jack (not pictured) and Marcus Browne (not pictured) WBA Interim & WBC Silver light heavyweight boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
  • Pacman: Mayweather, Jr. and Pacquiao are two of the best boxers of the last 30 years. In an era where fans are down to pay good money to see weathered legends get back in the ring, the time to cash in on the interest there still is for a rematch is now.
  • Notorious: They put on one of the best selling fights in combat sports history many years ago. With McGregor’s MMA career at a low point, and Mayweather more interested in exhibitions, a rematch-glorified sparring session would likely earn some solid coin and need mininmal hype.
  • The Youtuber: Speaking of exhibitions, Paul still claims Mayweather hasn’t paid him his share from their bout in 2021. Maybe making amends and taking advantage of the beef in a rematch could squeeze a couple million out of fight fans once again.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs Don Moore recap

As was to be expected, Mayweather made easy work, and at times a mockery, of his former sparring partner Don Moore inside the Etihad Arena on May 21.

What happened: Moore and “Money’s” eight round exhibition went the distance. Yet, despite some early resisitance, Mayweather, Jr. made things look easy as he toyed and taunted the also retired boxer. At one point in the final round, the former multi-division king even knocked his opponent down with a nasty body shot.

The fallout: It is unclear when Mayweather could return to action but with easy money always available, especially in the Middle East, don’t expect the undeafeated legend to sit on the sidelines too long.

The roadmap: Chances are Mayweather returns to the ring at some point in the winter to take part in another exhibition with little risk and high monetary rewards. A rematch with Logan Paul or Manny Pacquiao are the likely scenarios.

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There is no doubt Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers to ever compete in the sport. Yet what makes him a one of a kind was that his mix of skill and brash bravado was able to transcend the industry. He is the type of talent that combat sports fans have long been willing to pay big money to see win, or hopefully lose.

The greatest villain in combat sports: Although Mayweather was a hero to some, relishing his role as a villain to all was what truly made him a box office megastar. And his ability to back up all his talk only heightened his appeal.

  • Mayweather racked up a 50-0 record and titles in multiple divisions during his run in the sport. Loudly trash-talking his way through wins over legends like Oscar De La Hoya, Pacquiao, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and Miguel Cotto.
  • Floyd Mayweather record: 50-0 (27 knockouts)

The bad side of the legacy: Mayweather has also spent a good bit of time in courtrooms during his life.

Floyd Mayweather’s net worth

Money is often one of the greatest measuring sticks for a fighter’s success. As of 2022, Mayweather’s net worth is reported at $450 million. However, the boxing star claims it is closer to $1.2 billion.