Golovkin Challenges Mayweather & Floyd Does What He Always Does

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As the weeks go by and we get further away from the overly anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao clash, it's painfully obvious how boxing fans are fed up with tremendously hyped fights that never had a chance of being memorable or fan friendly. And everybody shares the blame in the travesty known as Mayweather-Pacquiao, both Floyd and Manny, along with the boxing media and fans. But that's water under the bridge now and it's time to look at what future bouts can stimulate boxing fans in the not so distant future.

Potential bouts like Sergey Kovalev vs. Adonis Stevenson, Saul Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto, Terence Crawford versus any top fighter between 140-147, Andre Ward versus Kovalev or Gennady Golovkin among others, these are all intriguing.

However, the talk most permeating the debate is – who will the biggest star in boxing, Floyd Mayweather 48-0 (26) next fight? And the name that most often is mentioned from a competitive vantage point is WBA middleweight title holder Gennady Golovkin 33-0 (31). He, like Mayweather, really doesn't have any worthy challengers in front of him, at least who the thought of him fighting really excites boxing fans.

When you really think about it, who's left for Mayweather to fight? He spent his entire career telling everybody he was the best in the sport, and today that's pretty hard to refute. We get it, there's not a single fighter campaigning at welterweight or junior middleweight who can present him a serious challenge….not Miguel Cotto, despite Freddie Roach training him, or Canelo Alvarez. But let us not forget, the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions of today are not necessarily murderer's row. It's not like there's a line of title holders who are anything close to being elite fighters like Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Donald Curry circa 1983-85 or Mike McCallum. Actually, I'd favor Marlon Starling over any top welterweight today, excluding Mayweather, and at junior middleweight I wouldn't have to be pressed to take McCallum over Mayweather.

There's nothing left for Mayweather to prove. He has his health and his wealth. Either fight Golovkin and take a real challenge for once, or stop gouging the fans with your faux fights. Then again, I can't blame him for doing it because it's not his fault a couple million fans love getting ripped off at his leisure and call.

Golovkin recently appeared on TMZ sports and said that Mayweather will be his “dream fight.”

“Of course, I beat him,” Golovkin also predicted. “Hundred percent, I'm ready for anybody.”

Mayweather didn't respond to Golovkin's words, but his team did issue a statement to TMZ Sports.

“Everyone in boxing wants to fight Floyd, it's the biggest payday they could possibly have.”

“He has never fought a top opponent in his whole career,” they said of Golovkin. “We're surprised you guys would even have him on your show, to be honest.”

What an unfunny joke. Nobody has picked their spots for an entire boxing career to the enth degree like Mayweather has, but Golovkin hasn't fought anybody? Golovkin doesn't deserve a shot at Floyd and the money that comes with it, but Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Victor Ortiz did?

If my memory serves me correctly, the only reason Mayweather finally agreed to fight Pacquiao was twofold: 1) Floyd waited for Manny to breakdown physically, which was apparent during their bout and …2) the public basically said they were done buying his fights unless he took on Pacquiao.

Well, that should be the mantra for Mayweather's next fight. I mean do we really need to see Mayweather fight Keith Thurman or Amir Khan to find out if he can beat them? I don't think so.

During the early to mid-eighties undisputed light heavyweight champ Michael Spinks cleaned out the division to the point to where there were no real challengers for him, and that was at a time when the 175 class was stacked with killers. So Spinks challenged undefeated IBF heavyweight champ Larry Holmes (48-0) who had also virtually cleaned out the division and was in need of a challenger. Three months after last defending the light heavyweight title Spinks fought Holmes for his title. Larry was 50 plus pounds bigger than any opponent Michael ever fought…..or 37 pounds bigger than Golovkin is Mayweather. There was no catch-weight clause attached to the fight because Spinks wanted to beat the heavyweight champ, not his skeleton. Almost 30 years ago this coming September as a 6-1 underdog Spinks made history as the first reigning light heavyweight champ to defeat the reigning heavyweight champ via a 15-round split decision, solidifying his place in history. Spinks made history that night and defied it by preventing Holmes from tying Rocky Marciano's perfect record of 49-0.

Roy Jones cleaned out a more pedestrian light heavyweight division 18 years later and challenged WBA heavyweight title holder John Ruiz. Like Spinks, Jones didn't force Ruiz to come down in weight or fight any lighter than he had for any other heavyweight title bout. No, Ruiz wasn't Larry Holmes, but he was a legitimate title holder and 50 plus pounds bigger than any other opponent Jones ever fought. Jones out-boxed Ruiz by a pronounced margin on all three cards to join Spinks as the second reigning light heavyweight title holder to defeat a reigning heavyweight title holder.

Now, picture Michael Spinks standing next to Larry Holmes and Roy Jones standing next to John Ruiz….then picture Floyd Mayweather standing next to Gennady Golovkin. If you think Golovkin is dramatically bigger than Mayweather compared to the advantage in size Holmes and Ruiz held over Spinks and Jones, stop reading right now and make an appointment with an eye doctor.

The fact is, Golovkin like Marvin Hagler, isn't even a big middleweight. And he's only 11-13 pounds heavier than Mayweather. If Floyd wants to seal his legacy and shut up his critics, fight Golovkin in a non-catch-weight bout. No, Golovkin is not a certified all-time great yet, but he may be viewed as one by the time he retires. Mayweather beating Golovkin in a non-catch-weight bout would be his crowning achievement.

There's only one fight left worth paying to see Mayweather partake in and that's against Golovkin at 160. It would be a monumental bout. However, I'm a cynic and believe if it does happen, Golovkin and his team will be forced to sell out and come in at 154. And if you think Daniel Geale looked like a ghost at 157, Golovkin would look like a ghost on crack the day of the weigh in at 154. On fight night he'd be an empty package and I would pick Mayweather to win. And the con would continue.

If Golovkin fights Mayweather at 154 he gets beat like every other fighter does who moves down to fight in a high profile catch-weight bout. And if they fight at 160 and Mayweather wins, he can join fighters the likes of Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns as one of the greatest of the greats. Instead of trying to plead for his respect that he belongs on the same stage with them.

Team Mayweather's response to Golovkin's challenge was very condescending; then again what else would you expect. Instead of saying Golovkin hasn't earned the shot, they should've been honest and said Floyd wants no part of a live fighter who he's closer to in size than the way he dwarfed Juan Manuel Marquez when they fought six years ago. When Marquez challenged Floyd, and agreed to carve and starve, the fight happened.

Let’s end the BS that Golovkin at 159 is too big for an elite fighter like Mayweather at 151. Michael Spinks and Roy Jones know differently.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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-Radam G :

Even more than Spinks and Jones know differently. Back in da day, many welterweights came up to 149-151 pounds and fought and beat the middleweight champion who weighted 158-160 pounds. Holla!


-Froggy :

Great read, only boxers with heart and confidence will fight GGG ! So Floyd is out of the picture, Floyd could fight Lemieux for the middleweight title but that won't happen either !


-deepwater2 :

Floyd should just retire and ride off into the sunset and enjoy his money with his crew. I was looking forward for the Mayweather era to come to a close and let the new guys take over. After seeing Floyd with his arm around the great prospect, a Spence, and acting as promoter, my heart sank. Floyd is gonna still play matchmaker with the young guns coming up. Mayweather will still find a way to make overmatched and easy fights for other boxers! Mayweather + PBC boxing = a decade or more of a shadow cast over boxing.


-Domenic :

"Mayweather beating Golovkin in a non-catch-weight bout would be his crowning achievement." Yes. I, and many others here, have been saying this for weeks now. There's a contingent that's ardently for the fight, and a contingent that's ardently against the fight. A video was posted here under a separate article where Floyd contends that he'd easily beat Golovkin, and that he could've even trained Monroe to beat him (also, at the start of the interview, he feigns not knowing who Golovkin is; he prods the questioner for the name ('who's the guy?') and he instantly responds 'Gennady Golovkin'). The standard, party line response from Floyd's side is Golovkin's fought a collection of carcasses. For the sake of argument, let's assume that's true. Floyd should be overjoyed by that, because it means that Golovkin would be swimming in the deep end of the pool for the first time. Uncharted waters for Gennady, easy night for Floyd. It's a AA baseball team playing the 1927 Yankees. Plus, the PERCEPTION of Golovkin right now by many is he's a super legitimate wrecking ball. That's what matters. If Nate Silver, the well respected statistician, election guru, and sabermetrics guy, sought out to determine who the most must see guy in boxing is right now, it'd be Gennady Golovkin. And remember, Floyd sees very little in Golovkin. Is that not the perfect opportunity to pounce, to exploit the low hanging fruit here? He gets an easy win (Golovkin would wilt if he looked across the MGM Grand ring and saw Floyd), seals the deal on his legacy and rockets to the top of the ATG lists, quells the naysayers, prevails in the only fight he enters the ring as an underdog, and makes a crippling sum of money to add to his fortune (make no mistake, this is a HUGE PPV, and Floyd could arrange the split almost criminally in his own favor). It's such a no-brainer.


-SouthPawFlo :

You really think Golovkin goes into the biggest payday of his career coming off a win vs Willie Monroe??? GGG is ducking Andre Ward, that's the fight that needs to happen.... He's said he'll fight anyone from 154-168, that's the name GGG needs to be talking about, Andre Ward.....


-amayseng :

"Mayweather beating Golovkin in a non-catch-weight bout would be his crowning achievement." Yes. I, and many others here, have been saying this for weeks now. There's a contingent that's ardently for the fight, and a contingent that's ardently against the fight. A video was posted here under a separate article where Floyd contends that he'd easily beat Golovkin, and that he could've even trained Monroe to beat him (also, at the start of the interview, he feigns not knowing who Golovkin is; he prods the questioner for the name ('who's the guy?') and he instantly responds 'Gennady Golovkin'). The standard, party line response from Floyd's side is Golovkin's fought a collection of carcasses. For the sake of argument, let's assume that's true. Floyd should be overjoyed by that, because it means that Golovkin would be swimming in the deep end of the pool for the first time. Uncharted waters for Gennady, easy night for Floyd. It's a AA baseball team playing the 1927 Yankees. Plus, the PERCEPTION of Golovkin right now by many is he's a super legitimate wrecking ball. That's what matters. If Nate Silver, the well respected statistician, election guru, and sabermetrics guy, sought out to determine who the most must see guy in boxing is right now, it'd be Gennady Golovkin. And remember, Floyd sees very little in Golovkin. Is that not the perfect opportunity to pounce, to exploit the low hanging fruit here? He gets an easy win (Golovkin would wilt if he looked across the MGM Grand ring and saw Floyd), seals the deal on his legacy and rockets to the top of the ATG lists, quells the naysayers, prevails in the only fight he enters the ring as an underdog, and makes a crippling sum of money to add to his fortune (make no mistake, this is a HUGE PPV, and Floyd could arrange the split almost criminally in his own favor). It's such a no-brainer.
Easy Domenic you are making too much sense!!


-amayseng :

You really think Golovkin goes into the biggest payday of his career coming off a win vs Willie Monroe??? GGG is ducking Andre Ward, that's the fight that needs to happen.... He's said he'll fight anyone from 154-168, that's the name GGG needs to be talking about, Andre Ward.....
How can you be such a Floyd fan yet have no faith in his abilities? I give him more of a chance than you do. Shame.


-amayseng :

You really think Golovkin goes into the biggest payday of his career coming off a win vs Willie Monroe??? GGG is ducking Andre Ward, that's the fight that needs to happen.... He's said he'll fight anyone from 154-168, that's the name GGG needs to be talking about, Andre Ward.....
Floyd came into his biggest payday against DLH after fighting Baldomir for Godsakes... Man you just look for reasons for Floyd to take easy fights. How do you not want to see him shine?


-blkstrpwr :

The hate is unreal. Guys, give it up. Yes, welters moved up to middle back in the day. However, they werent making in the entire career what Floyd earns in 3 rds. The dream of seeing him lose is over.


-blkstrpwr :

And Floyd is 147


-blkstrpwr :

So much sense...when Floyd fought at 154 his higest weight was 151. You guys are just ridiculous. But guess what? You'll be ever to hold THAT against him for ever...


-blkstrpwr :

Oh...you mean undisputed welterweight champ Baldomir?


-SouthPawFlo :

When Floyd fought Baldomir he was the welterweight champion... And not everyone is dismissing Pacquiao as an "easy fight" that's the fight everyone said would define Floyd's career, now GGG is the fight that'll define his career... Why doesn't he ever talk about fight Andre Ward??? That's a big and Makeable fight for Golovkin....


-SouthPawFlo :

I think Floyd beats GGG at 154, but him going up to 160 for someone who isn't a PPV draw isn't a logical business move and I don't see HBO and Showtime playing nice again without it being a big money fight... GGG has David Lemieux in his division with a belt now, that'll be a good fight for him


-Radam G :

So much sense...when Floyd fought at 154 his higest weight was 151. You guys are just ridiculous. But guess what? You'll be ever to hold THAT against him for ever...
Way back in da day, welterweight champion Carmen Basilio fought middleweight champion Sugar a Robinson at 151lbs and beat him. Holla!


-Radam G :

When Floyd fought Baldomir he was the welterweight champion... And not everyone is dismissing Pacquiao as an "easy fight" that's the fight everyone said would define Floyd's career, now GGG is the fight that'll define his career... Why doesn't he ever talk about fight Andre Ward??? That's a big and Makeable fight for Golovkin....
He should have been an easy scrap. Lil Floyd fought an one-armed, injured pug, who he would not even let take vitamin water. But it was all right for Lil a Floyd to take TUE to rehydrate, xylocaine for his brittle hands and a medication for allergies. Holla!


-Domenic :

Floyd is a 154 pound champion right now. Golovkin is the 160 pound champion. Who brings more to the table than Golovkin legacy-wise for Floyd right now? Khan? Thurman? Garcia? And if we're just talking money (forget legacy for the moment), Floyd stands to make more in a PPV with Golovkin than anyone else as well (Floyd could craft an obscene in-his-favor split, plus get every concession in the book; people want to see GGG, it's simply a fact). Look, I understand the sentiment that it makes no sense for Floyd. I get it. It's a super high-risk/super high-reward fight for Floyd. But Floyd is on record saying that Golovkin is very pedestrian, very mediocre, completely unimpressive, and that he'd beat him very easily. So why not go for it? Let the junior middleweight champ take the leap and go after the middleweight champ. As for Golovkin-Ward? Good point. There are many out there that believe Golovkin is a fraud, that he's basically gotten to this point by pounding on pizza delivery guys (which ironically is MORE of a reason for Floyd to do it, because after all, Golovkin is a joke, poses no danger or challenge to him at all, so why not reap the immense praise, prestige, and profit for an easy night of work). Ward fought at 172 Saturday. So is it Ward-Kovalev next? But yes, I'd love to see Golovkin against Ward or Kovalev. That's absolutely fair. I've not seen evidence of Golovkin openly ducking guys, but there's definitely a faction out there that believes he's feasted on nothing but marshmallow salesmen his entire career, and that as soon as he steps in with a live body, he'll be exposed and the party will be over. Floyd would gain so much that like the author says, he might as well be that guy.


-amayseng :

When Floyd fought Baldomir he was the welterweight champion... And not everyone is dismissing Pacquiao as an "easy fight" that's the fight everyone said would define Floyd's career, now GGG is the fight that'll define his career... Why doesn't he ever talk about fight Andre Ward??? That's a big and Makeable fight for Golovkin....
I was responding to you saying GGG should not be worthy of a high pay day because he only beat Monroe when Floyd got the DLH fight after beating Baldomir...come on now


-stormcentre :

I don't care whether Floyd fights 3G or not, as his legacy is sealed. Floyd doesn't need to prove anything, if anyone does it's now Pac; but I don't hear anyone talking about that and all the unanswered MayPac questions. Also, why would Floyd need to follow up on anything he says for people in the forum that call him out to do so, when the majority of those people can't follow up on their own words. Finally, I think Floyd does a lot better against 3G than what people think but if he moves and uses his defensive skills - like yawl know he can and does - what then. Floyd needs Kovalev to seal his legacy. I think (some) forum members need logic and the ability to explain their own posts to secure their legacy. But that is less likely than Floyd fighting 3G, . . . well according to the people in question anyway. Crazy world. But it sure is good to have all these experienced boxers that have never been wrong about Floyd and know how easy it is to do what he does; tell us how Floyd always needs to seal his legacy with ever increasing tasks - as he gets older - not younger. I know, maybe if Golovkin "shreds all his muscles" in an extreme catch-weight contest (that Roach can design the limits for) that will make the fight fair. Anyway, seriously, I'm not serious. Just kidding. I just can't wait to see Floyd fight someone and lose like Pac did to Marquez so I can feel good about getting MayPac wrong. Then I can hang from the chandeliers and be my usual say whatever self again without having to worry about whether it makes sense; pre-MayPac. Love it. :) :)


-brownsugar :

Well said.


-michigan400 :

Who should Floyd fight next?? No smart *** comments from me, just an honest question. We have heard 110 reasons on why he doesn't "need to" or "shouldn't" fight particular people. What about changing things around to who he "should" fight? I mean,,, that's what boxers get paid to do right? Fight each other? Maybe I'm confused on the whole concept of the sport.


-deepwater2 :

GGG is very popular. He sells out venues on both coasts and brings out the James Bond crowd in Monaco. Floyd is talking about fighting bums, Berto and Mayfield next. What the hell do those guys bring to the table, except ridicule and bad jokes. GGG is the feared best middleweight, of course he will sell big time matched against Floyd. Floyd just has to eat some $1,000 steaks and defend his 154lb belt.


-Radam G :

GGG is very popular. He sells out venues on both coasts and brings out the James Bond crowd in Monaco. Floyd is talking about fighting bums, Berto and Mayfield next. What the hell do those guys bring to the table, except ridicule and bad jokes. GGG is the feared best middleweight, of course he will sell big time matched against Floyd. Floyd just has to eat some $1,000 steaks and defend his 154lb belt.
True dat about Lil' Floyd's diet. He has even been turned on to "blk" -- "Premium Alkaline Water" -- known as black water because of its color. This type of water gives you mad electrolytes and hydrate you to super effectability. I will give it up to Lil Floyd. He got Chef "Q" and is learning how important the right stuff is over roids and PEDs that he took for years. Holla!


-Radam G :

BTW Google blk. And you will see the water that I'm referring to. As I've said a million times, "The best tricks of the trade is proper dieting -- knowing what to eat and drink." Holla!


-Domenic :

GGG is very popular. He sells out venues on both coasts and brings out the James Bond crowd in Monaco. Floyd is talking about fighting bums, Berto and Mayfield next. What the hell do those guys bring to the table, except ridicule and bad jokes. GGG is the feared best middleweight, of course he will sell big time matched against Floyd. Floyd just has to eat some $1,000 steaks and defend his 154lb belt.
Yeah, it looks like Berto or Mayfield is reportedly next up. There's obviously no public quench or appetite for this at all, but more power to him. It's no risk/no reward, but will pay nicely.


-Domenic :

Who should Floyd fight next?? No smart *** comments from me, just an honest question. We have heard 110 reasons on why he doesn't "need to" or "shouldn't" fight particular people. What about changing things around to who he "should" fight? I mean,,, that's what boxers get paid to do right? Fight each other? Maybe I'm confused on the whole concept of the sport.
Excellent observation and question man. I'm a proponent of Golovkin for a bundle of reasons, but that suggestion is borderline taboo, even though Floyd is on record asserting that he'd beat Golovkin with ease. And he'd make WAY MORE CASH for him than Berto or Mayfield. Ok, Golovkin can't draw flies, nothing near what Berto and Mayfield can draw, and has fought nothing but morgue occupants to pad his record, so Gennady Golovkin's out. As Michigan400 said, who should be next? Forget who shouldn't be, who should be?


-amayseng :

True dat about Lil' Floyd's diet. He has even been turned on to "blk" -- "Premium Alkaline Water" -- known as black water because of its color. This type of water gives you mad electrolytes and hydrate you to super effectability. I will give it up to Lil Floyd. He got Chef "Q" and is learning how important the right stuff is over roids and PEDs that he took for years. Holla!
Yep many people are ignorant to the importance of ph balance and alkaline.. He has the money he should be more healthy than anyone.


-Giacomo :

If Floyd wants to keep calling himself TBE he needs 2 look at what The real TBE did, Sugar Ray Robinson turned pro at Feather 126 pounds and fought middleweights and even fought a light heavyweight and should've won the light heavy belt if they didn't fight outside in 100 degree weather. So basically if Floyd beats Golovkin and then fights Kovalev in Vegas outside in the summer and beats Kovalev then Floyd can be called the TBE, but for now he's the best of this Era and the best defensive fighter ever. I think Golovkin beats him at 54 or 60 because he'll walk through floyds punches like nothing, he'll cut floyd off corner him and KO him. The problem for floyd is Golovkin wouldn't need to hit him flush to hurt him all he would need is to graze floyd with either hand and it would hurt floyd that's why he won't fight GGG and he'll just talk trash. I keep hearing Andre Wards name and that GGG ducked him, but I'm not sure how he could duck him when he hasnt been active for 19 months and has been fighting with the Goosens. Now they can fight but Wards people and Ward himself have made it public they want 2or3 tune ups so I'm not sure how GGG couldve ducked him. If he doesn't fight ward in the next 18 months then I'll say he ducked him.


-Radam G :

If Floyd wants to keep calling himself TBE he needs 2 look at what The real TBE did, Sugar Ray Robinson turned pro at Feather 126 pounds and fought middleweights and even fought a light heavyweight and should've won the light heavy belt if they didn't fight outside in 100 degree weather. So basically if Floyd beats Golovkin and then fights Kovalev in Vegas outside in the summer and beats Kovalev then Floyd can be called the TBE, but for now he's the best of this Era and the best defensive fighter ever. I think Golovkin beats him at 54 or 60 because he'll walk through floyds punches like nothing, he'll cut floyd off corner him and KO him. The problem for floyd is Golovkin wouldn't need to hit him flush to hurt him all he would need is to graze floyd with either hand and it would hurt floyd that's why he won't fight GGG and he'll just talk trash. I keep hearing Andre Wards name and that GGG ducked him, but I'm not sure how he could duck him when he hasnt been active for 19 months and has been fighting with the Goosens. Now they can fight but Wards people and Ward himself have made it public they want 2or3 tune ups so I'm not sure how GGG couldve ducked him. If he doesn't fight ward in the next 18 months then I'll say he ducked him.
He ducked him sounds good. That is why people said it. You will learn that some fans are masters of making up illogical double jive. Holla!


-stormcentre :

He ducked him sounds good. That is why people said it. You will learn that some fans are masters of making up illogical double jive. Holla!
The forum equivalent of transparent grandstanding mixed with a healthy does of watermelon seed hypocrisy being used to recruit a new recruit; right here folks. Unfortunately no-one needs to do anything before they say/do anything. RG's above line proves it. Still, without these gems I'd have less humour in my day and that's a fact. So to hell with the truth and substantiation I now say. Let us - for now at least - cast those evil demonic thoughts that clash squarely with the forum's usefulness to promote oneself out of the court as if they were a poorly performing racquet that somehow found the misfortune to wind up highly strung in John McEnroe's hands. Instead, rock on my "I know everything of cherry juice boxing iota superhero" and tell us all how your in a place to call shots and judge. After all, you've earned it. Giacomo, until that time that RG starts offering you bites of a cherry rip bar to do a handstand, you're probably in safe hands with RG. Until then; 122 clinches and still counting. Love it. Before I go a few points: 1) Harry Greb may well be the TBE. 2) If people want to keep saying Floyd is not the TBE they may need to look at why no-one has yet brought forward any video proof of anyone laying down more skills than Floyd. Please let me know when you (anyone) has it won't you? I promise not to use it to unfairly expose and/or promote your understanding of boxing. :) :) :)


-deepwater2 :

Harry Greb can be considered TBE. Plenty of evidence to back that up. My man ,Mickey Walker, said a Greb was the p4p best fighter and a top notch drinker.


-Froggy :

Harry Greb can be considered TBE. Plenty of evidence to back that up. My man ,Mickey Walker, said a Greb was the p4p best fighter and a top notch drinker.
If the toy bulldog said Greb was a top notch drinker, then you can bet your life on it ! Same thing about P4P, and Springs Toledo agrees with him !