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Top 3 opponents for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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With Floyd Mayweather Jr. still without an official opponent for his May return to the ring, we've put together five feasible choices for his next few fights. We've purposely left out Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, as both fight for Top Rank and we all know a Top Rank - Golden Boy Promotions card isn't happening anytime soon.

Amir Khan has been mentioned as the likely opponent, but it's a fight that no one seems to care for and with good reason, given Khan hasn't looked good in some time and is simply not deserving of a fight with Floyd at this time.

So here then is our options:

1. Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) - He is coming off an upset win over Floyd’s buddy Adrien Broner is a fight many picked Broner to win easily. I’ll be honest and say that I’d pick Floyd to dominate Maidana, much in the same fashion that he did Canelo, but there’s at least public interest in the fight and there would be a good story line going in. Add in the fact that Maidana is always aggressive, has a solid chin and has at least a marquee win in 2013, and an easy argument can be made that he deserves a shot.

2. Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) - Lara fought twice in 2013, but they were both excellent wins – a TKO win over Alfredo Angulo and a very impressive decision win over former 154-pound titlist Austin Trout. Lara’s only loss was a controversial one, a decision loss to Paul Williams, in a fight that was clearly dominated by Lara. Draws to Vanes Martirosyan and Carlos Molina weren’t debilitating to his career or his confidence and he keeps improving. The tought part about a Mayweather-Lara fight would be selling it, as Lara isn’t very well known to the casual fan and we can’t imagine it doing too well on PPV.

3. Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) - "Swift" has really turned it up, going from prospect to contender, to world champion in a matter of three years. Since a split decision win over Kendall Holt in 2011, Garcia has shown massive improvement from fight to fight and continues to prove the naysayers wrong. When he fought Khan in 2012, Khan was believed to be too talented for Garcia, but “Swift” proved to be the more talented fighter that night, knocking him out in four rounds. He also looked great against Zab Judah and then put together another excellent performance against Lucas Matthysse last year, when many thought Matthysse was too strong, but Garcia used his boxing skills to frustrate and outpoint the Argentinean. This one’s a no-brainer and perhaps it’s a fight we can see in the second half of 2014, assuming both Mayweather and Garcia win their next fights.

Marcos Maidana
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Marcos Maidana

1. Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) -  He is coming off an upset win over Floyd’s buddy Adrien Broner is a fight many picked Broner to win easily.  I’ll be honest and say that I’d pick Floyd to dominate Maidana, much in the same fashion that he did Canelo, but there’s at least public interest in the fight and there would be a good story line going in. Add in the fact that Maidana is always aggressive, has a solid chin and has at least a marquee win in 2013, and an easy argument can be made that he deserves a shot.

Erislandy Lara
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Erislandy Lara

Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) - Lara fought twice in 2013, but they were both excellent wins – a TKO win over Alfredo Angulo and a very impressive decision win over former 154-pound titlist Austin Trout.  Lara’s only loss was a controversial one, a decision loss to Paul Williams, in a fight that was clearly dominated by Lara. Draws to Vanes Martirosyan and Carlos Molina weren’t debilitating to his career or his confidence and he keeps improving.  The tought part about a Mayweather-Lara fight would be selling it, as Lara isn’t very well known to the casual fan and we can’t imagine it doing too well on PPV.

Danny Garcia
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Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) - "Swift" has really turned it up, going from prospect to contender, to world champion in a matter of three years.  Since a split decision win over Kendall Holt in 2011, Garcia has shown massive improvement from fight to fight and continues to prove the naysayers wrong.  When he fought Khan in 2012, Khan was believed to be too talented for Garcia, but “Swift” proved to be the more talented fighter that night, knocking him out in four rounds. He also looked great against Zab Judah and then put together another excellent performance against Lucas Matthysse last year, when many thought Matthysse was too strong, but Garcia used his boxing skills to frustrate and outpoint the Argentinean.  This one’s a no-brainer and perhaps it’s a fight we can see in the second half of 2014, assuming both Mayweather and Garcia win their next fights.

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