Wayne McCullough weighs up Floyd Mayweather Jr's next move after the American's release from jail.
Last Updated: 08/08/12 11:14am
Floyd Mayweather Jr finished his time behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas this weekend.
During his first week inside, he asked for house arrest claiming he couldn't work out or get the proper nutritious food an athlete needs. He had been locked up for a crime he committed and no matter who he is, exceptions should not have been made. His request was denied.
He got out early for good behaviour on Friday, August 3 just before sunrise. His body, especially his arms and shoulders looked bigger than before so he must have been doing a lot of upper body exercises.
Now that he is out what's next for the pound-for-pound king?
A few things have changed since he was locked up. Manny Pacquiao fought and lost to Timothy Bradley, although technically he was robbed. Amir Khan, who was also on Mayweather's hit list, got knocked out unexpectedly.
Mayweather still has a few other issues to clear up but now that he is free he needs to get back to life and drop the macho image. He doesn't need all the bodyguards around him and having teamed up with his friend, 50 Cent, to promote his fights maybe they can finally make a deal with Pacquiao - who is scheduled to fight November 10 in Las Vegas.
This is the fight everyone wants to see. But will they ever come to an agreement over drug testing to make it a reality?
He really needs to fight before the end of the year or at least announce a big fight if he wants to show the boxing world that he really does care about fighting and not just about the money.
An easy fight, where he could pick up another belt, would be a bout with WBA champ Paulie Malignaggi which he could take right away. Or he could fight Bradley who currently holds the WBO belt.
Another option would be to fight the WBC "Interim" champ Robert Guerrero which would be a good "get sharp" fight for Mayweather. Guerrero is a good fighter, but he's not at Floyd's level.
One more option would be a fight with Josesito Lopez, who recently upset Victor Ortiz. He is moving up to face Saul Alvarez at junior middleweight and Mayweather has already fought at this weight.
The options are unlimited for Mayweather so he just needs to get back into the ring. He does, however, need to apply for a boxing license since the one he was granted in May was only for one fight. It will be interesting to see where he decides to fight.
Hopefully Mayweather will be back soon where he belongs and does his best work. He has a lot of great fights and years left in him. His problem is outside the ropes. He needs to stay focused, avoid any hassle and get on with his career.