Unbeaten knockout artist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is ready and more than willing to drop down a division to 154 to face undefeated former 6-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 26 KOs) in his next fight, according to his trainer Abel Sanchez.
Triple G would take the fight with Mayweather if the deal was to their liking. Mayweather would obviously take the lion’s share of the revenue for a fight against Golovkin. It would still be a win-win fight for Golovkin, because his popularity would be increased dramatically, especially if he knocked Mayweather out in an impressive manner.
Canelo Alvarez lost to Mayweather in 2013 despite having a huge size, power and youth advantage over him, but he fought a poor fight. Canelo chose to box Mayweather instead of impose his size on him the way that Golovkin would likely do.
Mayweather has already started posting videos of him working out in full sparring gear at his Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada in what is viewed as a prelude to him coming out of retirement for another fight. Mayweather will likely make over $100 million if he faces Golovkin, Saul Canelo Alvarez or take a rematch with Conor McGregor.
Mayweather could get seriously hurt in a fight with Golovkin. As slow and as old as Mayweather looked against McGregor, Golovkin would be a very dangerous opponent for him at this point. Mayweather’s mobility wasn’t there for the McGregor fight. Mayweather was flat-footed and heavy-legged throughout the contest. The MMA fans probably didn’t understand how much Mayweather has lost from his game since his 2015. He’s lost a lot. The hardcore boxing fans understand how slow Mayweather looked against McGregor compared to his best years.
Golovkin has had an open invitation to fight Mayweather at 154 for the last 2 years. This isn’t earth-shattering news that the Kazakhstan fighter is STILL interested in facing Mayweather, but it is good that he’s keeping pressure on him by letting the boxing public know that he’s willing to give him a “true fight.” Golovkin didn’t think too highly of Mayweather’s last fight against UFC star Conor McGregor last summer on August 26, as he saw that contest as a “business fight” and “not serious fight.”
Golovkin, 35, doesn’t yet have a fight scheduled for his next outing, and Mayweather would be perfect for him.
Mayweather has said in the recent past that he would beat Golovkin if the two of them ever mixed it up. Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez wants to see if that’s the case.
If Mayweather does return to the ring in early 2018, as many boxing fans suspect he will, he’s probably not going to be facing GGG. That’s a dangerous fight for Mayweather, because he would have nothing to hold Golovkin off of him. Canelo was able to keep Golovkin honest by his blazing hand speed and powerful counter punches.
Conor McGregor is talking in the media that he understands what he did wrong in losing to Mayweather last August, and he says he would correct those problems in a rematch and beat him. Mayweather will probably give McGregor a chance to prove whether he can do a better job against him the second time around. The pay-per-view sales for a Mayweather-McGregor rematch will likely dip far below what they were for the August 26 fight last summer. The fight numbers are still being tabulated, but they are said to be over 4 million buys. If Mayweather-McGregor 2 does half of those numbers at 2 million buys, Mayweather can still make $100 million at least, as long as the price of the PPV is at $100 per household like last time they fought.
Golovkin wants to fight a rematch with Canelo Alvarez, but it’s still unclear whether the red-headed Mexican star’s promoters at Golden Boy will make that fight. They are now talking about wanting to match Canelo against David Lemieux if he beats WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders on December 16. Golovkin would still be an option later on in 2018. Golden Boy and Canelo aren’t going to permanently walk away from the GGG rematch, considering all the money that can be made in a second fight against him.