HBO Star Golovkin Aims To Deal With Murray, But Would Love Mayweather At 154 After

Golovkin-abel

Boxing needs stars. Has always, always will.

The ones we got now, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto are, don't want to break it to you rudely, not young.

Mayweather is 38 on Feb. 24, the Congressman turns 37 in December, and Cotto, at 35 in October, has been thru many a war.

New blood is begin auditioned all the time…Gennady Golovkin, for my money, is on the real short list of potential takeover artists in the next two years.

Filthy power. Boyish good looks.

Yeah, broken English, but it only makes him more lovable, as he dispenses semi-bizarro and mangled and uproarious phrases which get picked up and whip around Twitter fast and furious. They find “the Good Boy” somewhat naive and that, combined with an ability to concuss foes with a near-Tysonesque certainty, is making Golovkin must-see TV. You can check him out for yourself this Saturday, on HBO. At 5:45 PM ET, we will see if Martin Murray, who a couple years ago opined the best way to deal with Triple G is not with gloves on, but a baseball bat in hand, can go the glove route and keep from being a victim of the Beiber-faced banger from Kazakhstan.

About that homeland…Gennady has lived in Germany since 2006. He digs it there, and that landing place has certainly worked for Wladimir Klitschko.  But even if God doesn't always bless America, there is an awareness that in many ways, our ability to manufacture and keep entertainers, in the sports, and cinema, and musical realms, relevant and being potent revenue drivers makes our shores an attractive destination for people like Golovkin. Make it here, make it anywhere.  And make more here…

So, I posed to the masher days out from his tussle with Murray, what about making the US your home, for more months than you do when you hit camp in Cali, in Big Bear (Southern California) with tutor Abel Sanchez?

“I have been looking at homes in Southern California and probably will be living in America by March first,” Golovkin told me. “Right now, my career is very important and my son starting school here is also. I understand my situation right now, the future depends on my family's happiness. Professional boxing is more popular and has a bigger fanbase in America (as opposed to in Monaco that region, where he will have fought three times in the last three years.)

The son, Vadim, is almost six years old; all of us fans are hoping that somebody steps up, be it Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, whoever, and when Vadim turns 7, Triple G will have had that signature bout which will potentially make him an overwhelming breakout star. He's I'd say on the cusp, now, getting swarmed pretty good when out and about, especially within the boxing-world context…

I asked Trip G how he is able to stay focused on the same level when he isn't able to secure a date against an “A” name.

“I understand my situation,” he told me. “When I first fought on HBO, my coach told me that staying busy would be the way to get the biggest fights. Cotto is the WBC champion and should fight his mandatory. If he does not and vacates then I will prepare to fight the next available contender. Canelo is a strong fighter, I hope he wants to fight me this year. Mayweather is considered the best right now, but if he wants to prove that he is the all-time great, I can make 154 pounds. I just want to fight and have dramatic fights.”

A-effin-men, sir. That's the spirit, that's the attitude and that's the sort of mindset which should, I think, be rewarded, and has me considering GGG right there with Sergey Kovalev and one or two others as being worthy near-future leaders for a sport which is right now in something of a reset mode, with attempts being made to position it as a “Big Five” professional sport, with football, basketball, baseball and hockey..

“First, Martin Murray. He is a dangerous, strong fighter. And of course, I'm ready. Thank you to my fans,” Golovkin said, in closing, “and I am ready to fight everybody, but Murray first.”

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-amayseng :

Oh yeah right Floyd wont come out from underneath his bed to fight Pac let alone a killer like GGG. Cotto wont even fight GGG.


-riverside :

Why would anybody think Floyd would challenge GGG? Triple G needs to look at the super middle weights for challenges, I don't think anybody at 154-160 has any chance of even competing with him.


-the Roast :

Floyd Shmoyd. Monkeys will fly out of my buttocks before Floyd fights 3G at 154, 160, or 260. I'm looking forward to seeing GGG this Saturday. I think Murray has as much chance as the snowball has in Hell but I will watch. It's been a long time between meaningful fights. I may be underestimating Murray. I only saw him fight once vs Sergio. I think Murray gets smashed in four rounds.


-The Good Doctor :

I think we all know it won't happen, but what do they have to lose by saying something about it. Nothing. The worst that happens is Floyd dismisses it. Why not throw it out it there?


-Domenic :

Floyd would take that one way ticket to Mars rather than fight Golovkin. GGG should say he'll fight him for 0; Floyd gets the entire purse. GGG should also say he'll give blood and stool samples daily, including the day of the fight, and Floyd need not submit a single one. He should agree to non-punchers gloves, a ring the size of a basketball court, and Floyd can wear headgear. And 4 oz MMA gloves. It would NEVER happen. Floyd would choose a long, long prison term in the sodomite wing rather than fight Golovkin.


-thegreyman :

Floyd would take that one way ticket to Mars rather than fight Golovkin. GGG should say he'll fight him for 0; Floyd gets the entire purse. GGG should also say he'll give blood and stool samples daily, including the day of the fight, and Floyd need not submit a single one. He should agree to non-punchers gloves, a ring the size of a basketball court, and Floyd can wear headgear. And 4 oz MMA gloves. It would NEVER happen. Floyd would choose a long, long prison term in the sodomite wing rather than fight Golovkin.
Hahaha great comment


-The Commish :

Floyd Shmoyd. Monkeys will fly out of my buttocks before Floyd fights 3G at 154, 160, or 260. I'm looking forward to seeing GGG this Saturday. I think Murray has as much chance as the snowball has in Hell but I will watch. It's been a long time between meaningful fights. I may be underestimating Murray. I only saw him fight once vs Sergio. I think Murray gets smashed in four rounds.
Lol! I must steal your flying monkeys line. I'll even credit you! -Randy G.


-Skibbz :

I will fight GGG. But on a serious note Floyd fight GGG? No suckers around on these forums since El Dude disappeared!! Looking forward to the weekend's entertainment, Murray is sturdy but he doesn't put much behind his punches. He doesn't like letting his hands go and so it will be a surprise if we see GGG on the back foot. And with GGG coming forward you'll need some steel in your jaw to and be as fit as a flea to go the distance...


-brownsugar :

While GGG ...AKA, the destroyer of men...AKA...the Curse of Champions... AKA, the living Death Who Walks, is chasing blown up junior-welterweights who obviously haven't displayed the slightest desire to fight him.....but in contrast has frequently advertised that he would be willing to take on any challenge between 154 and 175 while continuing to call out the little guys and ignore the challenge of a good money making fight in the super middleweight division, is a development that leaves me feeling very perplexed. Ward has recently posted a picture of himself entitled "Ready for Anybody #Gennady Golovkin". Its the latest in a year long attempt by Ward to invite GGG to participate in a gentleman's contest......which is a campaign that was originally initiated by Golovkin,...... Makes me wonder why Golovkin has gone completely dark on the subject recently...as Wards requests have gone virtually ignored. Its not like Ward has a reputation of being a hard hitter. Also He's been out of the ring for a year and has suffered significant injuries which have required surgery to properly heal. And certainly Ward is considered a much more tantalizing challenge than Rubio, Macklin and Murray combined. Mayweather is a small welter who rehydrates at a lower weight than most lightweights on fightnight... He couldn't possibly compete with a fighter of Golovkins size and ability. What's so ironic about the situation is that I truly believe Golovkin has an even money chance to emerge victorious against Ward...but I guess Golovkin doesn't feel that Ward is old enough. As you can see, I'm left with more questions than answers.


-Froggy :

yd would take that one way ticket to Mars rather than fight Golovkin. GGG should say he'll fight him for 0; Floyd gets the entire purse. GGG should also say he'll give blood and stool samples daily, including the day of the fight, and Floyd need not submit a single one. He should agree to non-punchers gloves, a ring the size of a basketball court, and Floyd can wear headgear. And 4 oz MMA gloves. It would NEVER happen. Floyd would choose a long, long prison term in the sodomite wing rather than fight Golovkin.
Funny as hell and close to the truth !


-riverside :

I have to believe GGG wants the best fights and biggest purses out there and will take any top 168 lbs fighter any day including Andre Ward , also all this drama of GGG challenging Lil Floyd, who is two or three natural divisions lower than him is coming from Abel Sanchez, he has a history of doing it. Back in the day, he was notorious in having Terry Norris challenge a much smaller JC superstar every time they shared the same podium.