Floyd Mayweather has publicly offered Devin Haney some advice on what his next move should be.
After retaining his undisputed lightweight crown earlier this year, Haney will move up to 140lbs to take on WBC world champion Regis Prograis on October 28th in the hope of becoming a two weight world champion.
However, in a recent interview with FightHype, Mayweather stated he believes ‘The Dream’ should remain at lightweight, though he should vacate the majority of his titles in order to cut down the amount he pays in sanctioning fees.
“If Devin Haney was under my banner, I’d tell him that skills pay the bills. You already showed that your undisputed, let’s relinquish these titles, pay one sanctioning fee and keep it moving, keep defending your title. Why pay four sanctioning fees?”
“I’m not knocking the different sanctioning bodies. Is it really about the belts, the money or both? I think it’s about both. But there has to be boundaries for certain things.”
Despite Mayweather’s view, moving up in weight may be a matter of necessity rather than choice for Haney, who has made no secret of the fact that the cut down to 135lbs is not a pleasant one for him.
The WBC have named Haney champion in recess, meaning he has technically been stripped of the title though will be guaranteed an immediate shot at whoever holds the belt, should he decide to return to lightweight.
That is likely to be either Shakur Stevenson or Vasiliy Lomachenko, with the pair expected to be ordered to fight for the vacant title before the end of 2023.