Even a Big GGG Win in the Big Apple Can’t Prevent Golden Boy Syndrome

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s express train barreled into New York City, picking up fence-sitting fans during this stop, with another strong performance.

Still, some boxing fans remain unequivocally unimpressed by yet another stoppage victory from Golovkin. Twenty-one consecutive knockouts couldn’t make them bend, not even an inch.

No matter. He’s in good company.

Not too long ago there was a kid named Oscar De La Hoya who like Golovkin racked up more than 300 wins and barely five losses in the amateurs. He also competed in the Olympics and won an Olympic medal. Like Golovkin, he had many detractors till the very end.

De La Hoya and Golovkin parallel each other in many ways. Despite impressive records, fans and critics denounced them as pretenders with built-up careers. Let’s call it the Golden Boy Syndrome.

Despite winning world titles in eight different weight divisions from junior lightweight to middleweight, the fighter from East L.A. and Garfield High School could never convince all of the people that he was indeed the “real deal.” He fought them all, from Pernell Whitaker to Felix Trinidad to Manny Pacquiao. But people still feel De La Hoya did not do enough.

Golovkin, like De La Hoya, will endure the same fate.

The Kazakhstan fighter with the “Mexican style” recently stated he will concentrate on gathering all of the middleweight titles. He accomplished one of the steps on Saturday by defeating Canada’s much improved David Lemieux for the IBF belt.

Ironically, De La Hoya’s company Golden Boy promotes Lemieux. I wonder if De La Hoya silently empathizes with Golovkin’s plight to please the fans.

One neutral observer who understands would be Roger Mayweather.

A couple of years back I asked the uncle of Floyd Mayweather if he considered De La Hoya a trumped up and protected champion.

Mayweather was incensed.

“Whoever says that don’t know s—t about boxing,” said Mayweather. “He won world titles in different weight divisions. Any time you win a world championship you’ve done something. He did it in a lot of divisions. He didn’t duck nobody.”

He said the same thing about Julio Cesar Chavez, whom he fought twice in defeat.

Golovkin seems destined to endure the same fickleness from fans as De La Hoya and now that he’s stated emphatically that he wants a thorough conquest of the middleweight division, can anyone blame “Triple G” for seeking to accomplish the goal?

Detractors claim he’s ducking Andre Ward.

What?

The guy from Oakland barely fought once in almost three years. Is he good? Yes. Is he a middleweight? No. Should Golovkin move all the way up to light heavyweight? Absolutely not. Anyone who says he should is pretty unrealistic.

Bernard Hopkins moved up but only after more than a dozen years as a middleweight. Plus, the Philadelphia prizefighter is more than a few inches taller than Golovkin. That makes a difference. A fight between Ward and Hopkins made sense had they fought. A fight between Ward and Golovkin does not.

Golovkin will wait and see who wins between WBC middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto and Mexican challenger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas.

“The WBC mandated whoever wins Cotto-Canelo must fight Triple G,” said Tom Loeffler of K-2 Promotions at Madison Square Garden.

A fight between Golovkin and either Canelo or Cotto would be massive for boxing.

Eventually, Golovkin will meet and defeat the remaining middleweights. He can only fight one fighter at a time. Some fans just can’t be pleased, so might as well forget about them. They are few.

I wonder if De La Hoya shed some locker room knowledge with Triple G after the fight on Saturday.

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COMMENTS

-michigan400 :

I'd like to see GGG unify then clean out the MW division then make a move to 168 or 175 for some super fights. Forget Ward for now. He hasn't done diddly squat in years. He needs to step up his game if he wants a fight with GGG or SK. If anything he can pick up the strap held by Adonis then make his case for a fight with one of them. Those guys have been active and dominant while Ward has been milking the super six tourny win for years and angling for the sweetest contract instead of fighting.


-amayseng :

I'd like to see GGG unify then clean out the MW division then make a move to 168 or 175 for some super fights. Forget Ward for now. He hasn't done diddly squat in years. He needs to step up his game if he wants a fight with GGG or SK. If anything he can pick up the strap held by Adonis then make his case for a fight with one of them. Those guys have been active and dominant while Ward has been milking the super six tourny win for years and angling for the sweetest contract instead of fighting.
Very true. I am a big fan of Ward but what have you done for me lately? Chad Dawson dried out and then a near two year layoff and then a Paul Zombie Smith sparing match. Step it up Ward


-DaveB :

GGG is not Mexican style IMO. He is more of a technician. He looked more Mayweather than Mexican. GGG doesn't have to fight Ward. It is unfortunate that his team said they would fight anyone up to 168 and when Ward took the bait they back pedaled. Now that Ward has the three fight deal with HBO and his managerial problems out of the way he should step it up. Thank God.


-SouthPawFlo :

I heard the fight did only 125,000 buys


-Radam G :

I heard the fight did only 125,000 buys
And I know you don't believe that. The exaggerators that be will never spill the beans. But it is always an inside snitch ready to sing da actuality of da reality like a bytch. From da poop in da loop, I hear "a good 75-to 85" thousand. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Anything less than 300,000 with two top P4P fighters on same card has to be considered a disappointment


-amayseng :

It can do seventeen buys for all I care. The card was fantastic. It was fun and entertaining and on top of that you got to watch a phenom in Roman G and then the technical wrecking ball of GGG. GGG sold 25 thousand seats in record time. WHO cares about ppv numbers.


-SouthPawFlo :

A lot of people care about PPV buys, that's why they are tracked, the numbers have been used as a barometer to access the "Star Power" of a Fighter.... Jim Lampley didn't hide it, HBO is trying to make GGG into the next Manny Pacquiao and right now he's just not there yet to the casual fan.... I think he's a good fighter and he's definitely entertaining but maybe he should stay on Premium TV until he can get another top level dance partner to Tango with him.


-amayseng :

A lot of people care about PPV buys, that's why they are tracked, the numbers have been used as a barometer to access the "Star Power" of a Fighter.... Jim Lampley didn't hide it, HBO is trying to make GGG into the next Manny Pacquiao and right now he's just not there yet to the casual fan.... I think he's a good fighter and he's definitely entertaining but maybe he should stay on Premium TV until he can get another top level dance partner to Tango with him.
I honestly hope the numbers stay low so that he can just fight on HBO and save me money on ppv's. I could care less about star power and ppv numbers, what I care about are the best fights. I want to see him unify the division, what an accomplishment that would be for him and the sport and then I want to see him in the best competitive fights out there. When you fight the best you up your own level and shine. I never understood why Floyd fans never wanted to see Floyd tested to see him step up and shine like he did against Cotto, but me myself always asked of him to do so. I always wanted to see the best out of Floyd but his fans didnt. Made no sense. Just like I want to see the best out of GGG, Pac, Ward, Roman G, Wlad, Rigo, Kovalev... PPV numbers be damned