IF NOT PACQUIAO, WHO IS NEXT FOR MAYWEATHER?
Alvarez isn’t the only choice for Mayweather, according to Schaefer, who points to the RingTV.com fan poll, “If Not Manny Pacquiao, who should Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight next?”
Cotto had the edge over Alvarez.
“There is a poll up on RingTV.com with a number of potential opponents concerning ‘Who should Mayweather fight?’ So you see that Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez are neck and neck. Then there’s Amir Khan and there’s Robert Guerrero and there’s Erik Morales and Paulie Malignaggi,” said Schaefer.
“So you have a list of names there. So we’ll see. Floyd always wants to do the big fights, and that’s how he is, and it will be a big fight as you know. Floyd Mayweather’s fights are always the Super Bowl of boxing.”
Schaefer said that he expects Mayweather to arrive at a decision within the “next couple of days.”
“We’re working diligently,” said Schaefer. “I’m working diligently with the Money Team, and you know, we’ll see.”
MARQUEZ WANTS PETERSON IF NOT PACQUIAO
If neither Marquez nor Peterson gets Pacquiao, Marquez told RingTV.com that he would like to take a tuneup fight on March 17 in a Mexico City before rising to challenge Peterson.
A victory over Peterson would make Marquez only the second Mexican fighter to win a fourth title over as many different weight divisions, something that was first achieved in September when Erik Morales scored a 10th-round TKO over Pablo Cesar Cano for the vacant WBC junior welterweight belt.
“That would definitely be cool to fight Marquez — especially Marquez — because Marquez has always been a favorite fighter of Lamont’s. When you’re a fighter that Lamont respects — and he has a lot of respect for Marquez — then it’s going to be a great fight,” said Hunter.
“I think that it will be tactical, but in the end, both of these guy would lay it on the line, so it could easily be a war. Marquez is accustomed to wars, and so is Lamont. So that would be a great fight.”
WBA ORDERS PETERSON-KHAN II
Factoring into Peterson’s options is a potential rematch with Khan, whose belts he took via split-decision on Dec. 10.
The WBA has ordered an immediate rematch as a result of a formal appeal from Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Khan, who is also awaiting the results of a Jan. 18 hearing for a similar filing with the IBF to overturn Peterson’s victory or else to order an immediate rematch.
The appeals are based on the assertions of Khan and Golden Boy that the fight was poorly officiated and that there were scorecard descrepancies.
Some of the controversy stems from the actions of IBF affiliate Mustafa Ameen, whose ringside behavior was caught on video and seemed to include picking up a yellow scoring slip near WBA ringside scoring official Michael Welsh.
Also photographed in the ring appearing to celebrate with Peterson camp members, Ameen will address his actions during the IBF hearing and discussion with officials representing Khan and Golden Boy in New Jersey.