By Robert Morales
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, told BoxingScene.com on Friday morning said that he is just waiting on Floyd Mayweather Jr. to announce his opponent for May 4.
"Based on my involvement, based on my history with Floyd, based on negotiations that have taken place in the last few months, I know who it's going to be, but I'm not going to talk about it," said Schaefer, who has promoted Mayweather's past several fights.
Perhaps unknowingly, Schaefer might have given a hint as to which fighter will be standing across from Mayweather when the bell rings for the main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Cinco De Mayo weekend.
We asked Schaefer about the possibility that Mayweather is going to choose Devon Alexander instead of Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero if for no other reason than Mayweather apparently sent out a tweet identifying Alexander as the leading candidate.
"I am the promoter of Devon Alexander and Devon Alexander has a mandatory for the IBF," Schaefer said to BoxingScene.com. "The IBF wouldn't grant a step-aside and so therefore Devon Alexander is going to go and fight Kell Brook, which by the way is the fight I'm working on re-scheduling.
"I have absolutely no awareness of any negotiations taking place with a fighter who is under a promotional contact with us. And Al Haymon, who is the advisor for Devon Alexander and Floyd Mayweather as well, has not confided to me either that there would be any negotiations going on unbeknownst to me."
Schaefer said Alexander would have to walk away from his IBF welterweight belt to get the fight with Mayweather.
A fight with Alexander would seem to be a much safer avenue for Mayweather, who will not have fought for a year once May 4 rolls around. But Schaefer scoffed at the suggestion that Mayweather is afraid of Guerrero - who was a beast in his victory over Andre Berto - or any other fighter. Until the aforementioned tweet, most in the industry assumed Guerrero would be the guy.
"I don't think that Floyd Mayweather really worries about losing," Schaefer said. "He's extremely confident that he would beat anyone."
As for Alexander, he recently pulled out of his scheduled Feb. 23 title defense against Brook because of a biceps injury.
It made one wonder if that was the old pull-out to get a better gig type of deal. Mayweather would be a better gig, to be sure, even if Alexander had to give up his IBF belt because he could conceivably fight for Mayweather's WBC belt and he would make more money.
Robert Morales covers boxing for the Los Angeles Daily News and BoxingScene.com.