By Rich Cheney: There’s a reason why Floyd Mayweather Jr. opted to fight the inexperienced novice Conor McGregor on August 26 instead of unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, says promoter Tom Loeffler. Golovkin would have come down in weight to fight Mayweather at 154 if he wanted the fight, but he clearly didn’t.
Mayweather had said in the past that Golovkin has no special effects about him, and that he would beat him. But when push came to shove, Mayweather wanted no part in fighting Triple G. Instead, he finished his career in beating McGregor and Andre Berto in his last 2 fights. In other words, Mayweather opted for 2 easy marks to pad his record with and pick up easy paydays without risk.
b>”There’s a reason [Mayweather] fought Conor McGregor and would never entertain fighting GGG at 154lbs,” Loeffler said to skysports.com in talking about how Mayweather dodged the fight with Golovkin. “Out of respect to Floyd, he is the only fighter that Gennady would have come to 154 for.”
Well, Mayweather wanted no part of fighting Golovkin, but obviously he was looking for the most money with least amount of risk. Golovkin would have been a heck of a lot risker for Mayweather to fight than him facing Andre Berto in 2015. There would have been a lot more money for Mayweather to make against Golovkin, but the risk would have been too high for him. Instead of taking the bigger payday in a fight against Golovkin in which he would suffer a potential knockout, Mayweather fought Berto. You can understand that decision.
You can also understand why Golovkin would want to fight McGregor instead of GGG. McGregor has been bringing in well over 1 million buys in his last 5 fights in the UFC. Those fights showed that McGregor is by far the biggest PPV attraction in the combat sports right now. There’s nobody in boxing that brings in the PPV numbers that McGregor has been pulling in. Canelo Alvarez doesn’t bring in over 1,600 PPV buys the way that McGregor has been doing.
”Floyd said it would be ‘easy work’ because GGG has ‘no special effects’ but realistically they know what the outcome would have been,” said Loeffler. “There were never serious talks. We can’t blame Floyd because he was never in the [middleweight] division. If he was in the division it would be a different story but he’s never fought at 160lbs.”
It was thought that if Canelo had beaten Golovkin, Mayweather would return to boxing to face the Mexican star. Mayweather even predicted a knockout victory for Canelo. When that failed to happen, Mayweather has said nothing about the fight. It’s clear that Mayweather has no interest in chiming in on the results of the Canelo vs. GGG fight, and he wants no part of fighting Golovkin, who would like to fight in December if he can’t get a rematch against Canelo.
Mayweather was obviously just talking when he criticized Golovkin and said he could beat. Mayweather barely beat Marcos Maidana. It would have looked bad if Mayweather had to run from Golovkin for 12 rounds. We might see a robbery like we did in the Golovkin vs. Canelo fight, but it would not be a decisive win on Mayweather’s part. It would be a tainted result like we saw last Saturday in Canelo being given a 12-round draw that he didn’t earn by the judges in Las Vegas. Boxing has a long way to go before it becomes a sport where it’s fair for the less popular fighters. When you have money fighters like Canelo and Mayweather, it seems to set up situations where their opponents get the short end of the stick when it comes to getting a decision win.