Devon Alexander isn't flat-out saying so, but he's pretty clearly not very interested in a fight with mandatory IBF welterweight title challenger Kell Brook, and says that he'd rather fight Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao:
"I'm looking for bigger and better fights like Mayweather and Pacman," Alexander told World Boxing News.
"I don't know who my mandatory is and who's not, but I will see what's next pretty soon. I'm not sure what the plan is but I don't count anybody out at this stage."
Allow us to solve the great mystery of who is Devon's mandatory and who's not: Kell Brook is, and everyone else is not. And there's basically no hope that Alexander is going to fight Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, particularly Pacquiao.
It always seems odd to me when guys say things like, "I don't know who that is." Actually, it's weird to me when anyone does it. What's the response? "Congratulations on being ill-informed!"
Obviously, Devon isn't going to go from being booed out of the building during fight one of four on a Showtime broadcast to fighting Floyd Mayweather, and Kell Brook is the next in line for him. That fight could prove difficult to make. The obvious locations are St. Louis, which Brook and Matchroom Boxing surely don't want, or Sheffield, which Alexander and Golden Boy surely don't want.
And as Eddie Hearn of Matchroom says, it's not up to Team Alexander where the fight takes place:
"We will be doing all we can to try and make this fight in the UK,” he said. “I read Kevin Cunningham's comments and with all due respect, it's not up to him or Devon where the fight is.
“We have now entered an official negotiation period with his team and if we can't find a middle ground then we will go to purse bids. If I win the purse bids then Alexander has no choice but to come and fight in England or vacate the title.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Frankly, I can envision a scenario where Alexander's team chooses to vacate the title if they can't get the fight in the States, but I can't imagine Brook and Matchroom turning down the fight no matter where it's held.