Why Golovkin Will Never Be As Big As Mayweather

Sizzle always seems to top substance in life.

This especially holds true in politics and sports.

Gennady Golovkin is now the biggest star in boxing with the temporarily retirement of Floyd Mayweather and the inactivity of Manny Pacquiao…. and he’s still on the ascent. Recently he was seen starring in an Apple watch commercial shadow boxing, and that was before the highest profile bout of his career against defending IBF middleweight title holder David Lemieux, whose title he now owns.

So, how big a star does the WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight title holder Gennady Golovkin 34-0 (31) become?

It’s certainly no coincidence that one month after Floyd Mayweather’s last fight and immediate retirement announcement, Golovkin has dominated the talk among most boxing observers. Since barely beating a washed up Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, Mayweather has been boxing’s biggest star fighter and box office draw. Now with Floyd stepping out of the limelight, for at least the next year or so, it’s been assumed that Golovkin is the new must see fighter in professional boxing, and deservedly so.

Floyd Mayweather was very controversial and went out of his way to be the one wearing the black hat. He fed off of negative attention and went out of his was to annoy fans, especially those who didn’t care for him. He cultivated his own cottage industry made up of those who were more so fans of his than actually being boxing fans. They hate to hear that said, but a lot of their scope is limited to Mayweather and his opponents and that’s about it. What is most amazing is the fact that as technically proficient as he was, Floyd’s style and 95% of his bouts were devoid of action and not fan friendly.

In the past, boxing’s biggest draws and superstars were knockout punchers like Golovkin and Mike Tyson. Muhammad Ali and Mayweather were world stars who didn’t possess one punch knockout power and were the exception to the rule. However, they were great salesman, the difference being Ali sought to fight the best of the best and more than half of his bouts were exciting and drama filled.

Boxing’s newest star Golovkin is the anti-Mayweather. GGG has the makings of a special fighter. He has one-punch fight altering power in both hands. His accuracy is very good and he also possesses short power and doesn’t rush his shots. His balance is good and he seems to always be in position to punch. So far his chin looks like it’s a great last line of defense and it’s not all that easy to find. He also likes to put on a show for the fans and seems to be willing to fight the best, something that makes him a dying breed among today’s elite fighters.

Boxing fans know when they tune in to watch Golovkin fight, they’re going to see something dramatic happen in the ring. It has to because his style and power all but insures it, win or lose. In addition to that, he’s a gentleman and doesn’t talk trash or belittle other fighters. He’s not arrogant or garish like Floyd Mayweather, doesn’t get in trouble away from the ring and isn’t a twitter or Instagram troll.

I’ve read other writers who have said, “It’s refreshing to have a modest, humble boxer who never fails to deliver the goods, doesn’t brag, trash talk, cherry pick and beat women.”

“It’s a breath of fresh air after the stench, lies (from Mayweather)..”

….And they’re right, that sentiment..

However, Golovkin will never be quite the star that Mayweather is/was, and that’s very sad, but even more telling in regards to today’s society and culture. Today’s culture loves in your face hostility and braggadocio, of which Mayweather is the poster child. The quiet humble warrior is overlooked today. When all is said and done Gennady Golovkin may be a great fighter. But, that’s not enough to make him a huge superstar outside of the boxing world the way Mayweather was. At best when it comes to selling fights he’ll be Manny Pacquiao lite. I say lite because Pacquiao had the ability to go up in seven weight classes after winning his first world title and many fans wanted to see if he could do it. Golovkin doesn’t have that option.

Sure, Gennady can go up to super-middleweight and light heavyweight and perhaps win a title, but he isn’t going to be a factor above that like Pacquiao was as a junior-welterweight and welterweight. So just based on the element of physical stature, Golovkin doesn’t have the latitude Mayweather and Pacquiao both had in regards to winning multiple titles.

Then there’s the personality factor, which is huge.

As mentioned above, Golovkin’s personality fits the humble warrior mantra like Pacquiao, but that’s where the similarity ends. Mayweather overshadowed Pacquiao because he didn’t mind being seen as a villain and bad guy; actually, I think he relished it. His bragging and posting copies of paychecks and betting stubs all over the Internet brought him a lot of attention from more than just boxing or Mayweather fans. Also, Floyd traveling with a huge entourage and three or four bodyguards brought out the TMZ faction every time he left his Vegas mansion, further adding to the persona and making of his brand.

Due to his friendship and tutelage with Vince McMahon of the WWE, Floyd learned how to verbally sell a fight and also how to tease and tantalize the fans. Add to that he never really fought who the fans most wanted to see him fight when they actually wanted to see the bout, and it kept them thirsting for more, and the more thirsty they became the less he gave them. Thus ultimately making many tune into see him hopefully lose.

None of this applies to Golovkin as a draw.

Think about the dynamic between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Tyson’s fights really weren’t exciting, unless you liked watching no hope contenders getting blasted out in a round or two. That, along with every opponent who fought Tyson back beat him with the exception of Tony Tucker and Razor Ruddock. On the other hand, a majority of Holyfield’s fights were exciting and action packed. Yet, if Tyson fought Alex Stewart on the same night Holyfield fought Riddick Bowe, most fans would watch Tyson-Stewart because of all the drama that accompanied Mike, even though Holyfield-Bowe is the better fight.

Well, I think the same thing applies to Golovkin when compared to Mayweather on the world stage. I don’t think it has anything to do with Floyd being American or Gennady’s broken English. The determining factor is, Golovkin is a nice guy who appears willing to fight all comers and looks to end his bouts with every punch he throws, as opposed to Floyd who looked to do anything but fight or face the opponents who the public most clamored to see him against. But in today’s world in which sizzle always is preferred over substance, Floyd’s personality, antics and manufactured undefeated record dictated that when he was on top….he’ll always be considered more must see than Golovkin will ever hope to be. And that’s one prediction I would love to be wrong about down the road.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Between being a nice guy, having accented, broken English and being a boxing elder at his age of 33, 3g would will indeed not come close to being the superstar of Money "full of dat syet that he hid with taking IVs" May. Money May was an archmaster at getting the ratchet and racist behind him. And they are the crowd that pulls in out-of-group crowds of the curious and hating of dat joker and wanting to see him get sliced and diced and put on ice. The "Good boy" bringing lots-of-drama 3g just can never reach the bad boy Plateau of Money May. Holla!


-Art :

I mostly agree with this writer, except for one thing; he relished in the money it generated him but it eats at him that he is not popular. Just look at the things he says about the most popular fighters like Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya. He actually cried at one press conference because they were not giving him "his due", when he just finished fighting an extremely boring fight with Baldomir, after Baldomir clocked him with a hard right hand. Just look at the pathetic display of "look at me" displays on twitter.


-Brad :

.....GGG is not the "biggest star in boxing" Canelo is! Canelo IS the draw in the GGG-Canelo fight. GGG-Ward does ok. GGG-Canelo goes off the chart.


-amayseng :

No worries, but he is one of the most exciting fighters today along with Kovalev and Roman G. No other three I would want to see. For free , in person or on tv...How do you like that Radam-G??? ha Canelo and Cotto have had 5 years of great exposure to build their personas and followings. How long has GGG been in the legit limelight 18 months? Why all the hate for GGG all he does is give us exciting fight. He boxed last weekend and was in the pocket the entire time, was violent and exciting and just hammered DL. He didnt run, pot shot and hold and stall like Floyd. Why the hate I dont get it.


-john Burns :

Frank, Usually you sound like a sane person so maybe you had one too many nudges of old bust head before you wrote this article.Stick to fight commentary and leave the psychological evaluations to the doctors. If you ask knowledgeable boxing people who they would prefer to watch fight, GGG or Mayweather, I'm betting it would be GGG. I think that most of the people that watched Mayweather did so in hopes they would see him get his *** kicked.


-Radam G :

No worries, but he is one of the most exciting fighters today along with Kovalev and Roman G. No other three I would want to see. For free , in person or on tv...How do you like that Radam-G??? ha Canelo and Cotto have had 5 years of great exposure to build their personas and followings. How long has GGG been in the legit limelight 18 months? Why all the hate for GGG all he does is give us exciting fight. He boxed last weekend and was in the pocket the entire time, was violent and exciting and just hammered DL. He didnt run, pot shot and hold and stall like Floyd. Why the hate I dont get it.
F-Lo and even I are taking about the hardcore and run-of-mill fans. Three g will have us rushing to his every bout like white on rice. Like smoke coming off ice. We are addicted with da fight game and will always pay da price. It is the none casual and don't-know-syet-about-boksing fans that he won't be able to get. You always need a gimmick or a bad-boy plot to bring them to watching by pay. Holla!


-Yogo :

No worries, but he is one of the most exciting fighters today along with Kovalev and Roman G. No other three I would want to see. For free , in person or on tv...How do you like that Radam-G??? ha Canelo and Cotto have had 5 years of great exposure to build their personas and followings. How long has GGG been in the legit limelight 18 months? Why all the hate for GGG all he does is give us exciting fight. He boxed last weekend and was in the pocket the entire time, was violent and exciting and just hammered DL. He didnt run, pot shot and hold and stall like Floyd. Why the hate I dont get it.
The hate stems from racism. Pure and simple. A lot of black folks hate Triple G. Never been able to figure racism out. Stereotypes and all that.


-Radam G :

The hate stems from racism. Pure and simple. A lot of black folks hate Triple G. Never been able to figure racism out. Stereotypes and all that.
Nobody is hating on 3g. The author of this write up is far from being "black folks." And one of the most active readers here -- BrownSugar -- is very "black folks." And he loves da holy ______ da _____ about 3g. I'm not going to try to speak for black folks -- though I've been accused of doing that. But tons of them have mad luv for 3g. And they don't see him in the racist way that you apparent do. I'm just saying. Holla!


-Yogo :

I'm not talking about any of the guys on here RG, i'm just going on what i pick up from You tube comments and 'lesser forums.' I know he's got black fans as well, obviously, and i maybe guilty of stereotyping myself here, but there's definitely something in it.


-michigan400 :

A video of a puppy playing would get racist comments on YouTube!! All I can say is I agree GGG will not be as polarizing as Floyd was and that will make the crossover interest less. But that's a good thing!! He entertains with his actions in the ring not outside of it. That's what boxing needs right now. Get back to a more professional manner so its about the sport and not just 1 character in it.


-Yogo :

Fair comments indeed. GGG's pure entertainment, love watching him and PPV over here's relatively cheap. Happy days.


-SouthPawFlo :

Sorry if I'm not fully on the GGG bandwagon yet... I personally think he's just HBO's Pacman exit plan... GGG has been fighting since 2006, but he burst on the scene right after Pac got KO'd by Marquez.... Where was he when B-Hop had the crown for 20 defenses? Where was GGG when Sergio KO'd Paul Williams and was in his Prime? Where was GGG when Andre Ward won the Super 6? When Joe Calzaghe was dominating?? I don't believe the narrative that no-one wants to fight him, I just think HBO saw the landscape of the 160lb division knew they had a chance to create another Pacquiao


-amayseng :

I'm not talking about any of the guys on here RG, i'm just going on what i pick up from You tube comments and 'lesser forums.' I know he's got black fans as well, obviously, and i maybe guilty of stereotyping myself here, but there's definitely something in it.
I was just about to write that, not here but other forums, youtube and fb it seems very racist and unfortunate. Floyd sold events where as GGG is going to need to sell violence and entertainment. IT IS very apparent much of the hate is from racism. I have noticed from other races non white almost every comment putting GGG down is concluded with some bitter response about Floyd or TB or Thurman or another black boxer not getting a fair shake that GGG gets.


-amayseng :

Sorry if I'm not fully on the GGG bandwagon yet... I personally think he's just HBO's Pacman exit plan... GGG has been fighting since 2006, but he burst on the scene right after Pac got KO'd by Marquez.... Where was he when B-Hop had the crown for 20 defenses? Where was GGG when Sergio KO'd Paul Williams and was in his Prime? Where was GGG when Andre Ward won the Super 6? When Joe Calzaghe was dominating?? I don't believe the narrative that no-one wants to fight him, I just think HBO saw the landscape of the 160lb division knew they had a chance to create another Pacquiao
This is a terrible response. Absolutely terrible. Do you even follow boxing? Hopkins ( one of my fav fighters of all times-you can go thro my history and see) LAST fought at middleweight in 2005. GGG had his PRO debut in 2006. It is well documented that Sergio M (one of my other fav fighters for years) avoided GGG due to him not being enough money for the risk. Kinda understandable though not forgivable. At Segio's height of finally having the title and recognition to make great money it was in his interest to get the biggest names which equals the biggest buck. he was a late bloomer mid to late 30s before he started making that money. Calzaghe was a smw and LHV for fucksakes and retired in 2008. Andre Ward won the Super 6 which was a Super mw tournament and division. duh. GGG has been a career mw. GGG first fight in America was in 2012. Good Lord what an abysmal post.


-SouthPawFlo :

What year did Pac get KO'd, was it 2012?? The Monster that GGG is made out to be is in his 30's now, where was his when he was 28 and up and coming, and Abel came out saying he was gonna kill everything from 154-168, and it was a lot fighters in those weight classes in between 2006-2012, then all of a sudden he pops up and nobody wants to fight him.... Lomachenko has a similar amateur background and he was on TV immediately as he turned pro, why not GGG??? And I don't just follow boxing, I'm a practitioner of the sport and I've mentioned countless times on this site I'm open to meet up with the board members for a meet and great during a big fight weekend and I'll spar anyone under 175, maybe we can set up something for Pacman's return fight if it's in the states......


-Radam G :

This is a terrible response. Absolutely terrible. Do you even follow boxing? Hopkins ( one of my fav fighters of all times-you can go thro my history and see) LAST fought at middleweight in 2005. GGG had his PRO debut in 2006. It is well documented that Sergio M (one of my other fav fighters for years) avoided GGG due to him not being enough money for the risk. Kinda understandable though not forgivable. At Segio's height of finally having the title and recognition to make great money it was in his interest to get the biggest names which equals the biggest buck. he was a late bloomer mid to late 30s before he started making that money. Calzaghe was a smw and LHV for fucksakes and retired in 2008. Andre Ward won the Super 6 which was a Super mw tournament and division. duh. GGG has been a career mw. GGG first fight in America was in 2012. Good Lord what an abysmal post.
SPF got kind of mixed up for a sec. I was lost as one of Lil' Bo Peep's sheep. I didn't know what in da double fudge heck that he was talking about. It was some real "The twilight zone" syet. Hehe! Three g may not get the boksing bulljive of Lil Floyd, but 3g is tearing it up in endorsements. And he is already globally becoming better known by the average Hsu and Mayliu than Lil Floyd, who would get booed like syet outside of the mainland USA. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

I like GGG as a fighter, he's pretty good at taking his time and finishing when he smells blood, but a PPV star is not what he is... Fans watched Mayweather grow into the PPV star he was and he was televised wayyyy earlier than GGG, GGG will never be as big as Canelo, he is already in his 30's so I give him a solid 2-3 years left at the "Top" and that's not enuff time to get to a "Top PPV" star.... Kovalev has a better resume in my opinion....


-amayseng :

I like GGG as a fighter, he's pretty good at taking his time and finishing when he smells blood, but a PPV star is not what he is... Fans watched Mayweather grow into the PPV star he was and he was televised wayyyy earlier than GGG, GGG will never be as big as Canelo, he is already in his 30's so I give him a solid 2-3 years left at the "Top" and that's not enuff time to get to a "Top PPV" star.... Kovalev has a better resume in my opinion....
What are we in high school who cares if he is a "ppv star" or not? I hope is is NOT a ppv star because only the elite of the elite fights should be of that ppv money. I don't want to pay for ppv fights if they can be on hbo or showtime. Floyd and his team did a tremendous job of selling and entertaining and making that money but I am interested in the best fights and fighters and being entertained to see the best shine, I dont feel any better if GGG makes 1 million or 200 million.....Why would you?


-amayseng :

What year did Pac get KO'd, was it 2012?? The Monster that GGG is made out to be is in his 30's now, where was his when he was 28 and up and coming, and Abel came out saying he was gonna kill everything from 154-168, and it was a lot fighters in those weight classes in between 2006-2012, then all of a sudden he pops up and nobody wants to fight him.... Lomachenko has a similar amateur background and he was on TV immediately as he turned pro, why not GGG??? And I don't just follow boxing, I'm a practitioner of the sport and I've mentioned countless times on this site I'm open to meet up with the board members for a meet and great during a big fight weekend and I'll spar anyone under 175, maybe we can set up something for Pacman's return fight if it's in the states......
If you wanna know where he was 5 years ago go to Boxrec and look and learn for yourself. Guys have to build themselves and their skills along the way up. Floyd did not have a name early and Shane and DLH cited him to not be worth the risk. It is the business side of the game. How do you not know this? Don't get frisky because your post was uneducated an absurd. If you are going to fish for reasons to make GGG a negative to the sport, citing something like "not a ppv star" for God's sake, then I will cite when you look a fool. I am a practitioner as well. I fight every week. I am sure you are a phenom and impersonate the shoulder roll style as good as Floyd. I am a terrible athlete, never been in a fight, never even really played sports, you should dispatch of me easily I wont stand a chance. I weigh 172 and dont mind fighting up to around 215 or so.


-Yogo :

Triple G's already won. Everybody and 'dey momma(sic) talking about him. Over here in England i guarantee he's overtaking Floyd for word on the street. No Bullsyet.


-Yogo :

I'm amazed there isn't a thread about Canelo's latest interview on here.


-Domenic :

I don't care about PPV numbers. It's almost like celebrating promoters. That said, a crucial part of PPV's is the opponent. Lemieux -and Golovkin for that matter- are largely unknown to the mainstream. Even Mayweather needed De La Hoya to become a mega PPV guy. I'll tell you this, if Floyd had fought Golovkin instead of Berto a month or so ago, Golovkin would be a PPV monster for the rest of his career. How many Golovkin fights do you leave feeling ripped off? His problem is he's much like Tyson from 86-90, where he's too good and smashing everyone, thus a referendum develops on how bad his opposition is. But I paid the $60 HD tag Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the card (I never changed the channel to the LSU-Florida game, kept it on the fight from 9pm EST on).


-amayseng :

I don't care about PPV numbers. It's almost like celebrating promoters. That said, a crucial part of PPV's is the opponent. Lemieux -and Golovkin for that matter- are largely unknown to the mainstream. Even Mayweather needed De La Hoya to become a mega PPV guy. I'll tell you this, if Floyd had fought Golovkin instead of Berto a month or so ago, Golovkin would be a PPV monster for the rest of his career. How many Golovkin fights do you leave feeling ripped off? His problem is he's much like Tyson from 86-90, where he's too good and smashing everyone, thus a referendum develops on how bad his opposition is. But I paid the $60 HD tag Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the card (I never changed the channel to the LSU-Florida game, kept it on the fight from 9pm EST on).
I concur. I really enjoyed all 4 fights with the last two being just a gift. GGG in a technical wrecking ball in the pocket all night with the anticipation DL was going to any time go for broke with those huge power shots. The fight before watching Viloria come out of the gate fighting at such a high level he took the first two rounds from the lb4lb number one fighter in the world and then watching Roman G step up his game and just put on an absolutely beautiful display of boxing combinations, ring generalship and power. What a great card of fights. I hope they pair GGG and Roman G together every card


-Yogo :

$50 is outrageous. Not a hope of bringing in wider audience. Greed rules.


-Domenic :

Totally agree Amayseng. And yes, $50 is outrageous Yogo, but it's been that price since the mid-90's, so it's not going away. If anything, it's going up. Mayweather-Berto was what, $75? I don't remember exactly, as I never even considered ordering it (didn't watch the replay on Showtime either). Unfortunately the price floor for PPV's is $50. But I'm with Amayseng in that I hope the powers that be deem Golovkin unworthy of PPV, therefore we benefit by getting to watch him on regular HBO.


-SouthPawFlo :

In boxing, PPV buys is the metric used to measure "stardom," the premise of the post was that GGG's personality won't allow him to because as BIG a star as Mayweather, and the writer no doubt used Mayweather's picture as "bait" to lure in people to the topic.... GGG is being groomed for stardom a bit too late, we didn't see him "grow" I to a monster HBO just told us he was a monster... Terrence Crawford, Adrien Broner and Canelo all will be "bigger" than GGG because we saw them come up thru the ranks, and fans had a chance to gravitate to them.... Everybody should know that boxing is Big Business, when Manny P was KO'd by Marquez it sent the powers that be into a Frenzy to find/build another star from overseas who was murdering everybody, but manny Pacquaio is more likable and has faced better opposition than GGG, again GGG is a good fighter but if you listened to Lampley in his post fight interview that want GGG to be the next Pacman, but manny was fighting with a whole country behind him....


-brownsugar :

Golovkin just doesnt have the history, he fought for 6 years in virtual obscurity. The kid just learned to speak good english. While Mayweather captured a whole generation with a style that was as visually arresting and electrifying as Ray Leonard or Roy Jones. Hardcore fans will instantly recognize Golovkin's technical brilliance. Casual fans just know he can hit hard and he comes from a foreign country. Sports writters, lifestyle critics and haters built House Mayweather. Golovkin must challenge one of the few remaining heroes we have remaining, and thats Andre Ward. Despite a lot negative conversation about Ward, the social media would ignite if that fight were made.


-amayseng :

Golovkin just doesnt have the history, he fought for 6 years in virtual obscurity. The kid just learned to speak good english. While Mayweather captured a whole generation with a that style that was as visually arresting and electrifying as Ray Leonard or Roy Jones. Hardcore fans will instantly recognize Golovkin's technical brilliance. Casual fans just know he can hit hard and he comes from a foreign country. Sports writters, lifestyle critics and haters built House Mayweather. Golovkin must challenge one of the few remaining heroes we have remaining, and thats Andre Ward. Despite a lot negative conversation about Ward, the social media would ignite if that fight were made.
Agreed all the way around except I don't think GGG speaks good English at all. It is broken English yet I find it amusing as he comes off innocent and fun after battering these professionals into submission. What Pac did was extraordinary and what Floyd did was brilliant and amazing making the money he did while not being an offensive or violent fighter. All the respect to them for their accomplishments. Ward is been inactive for near three years only having one fight in that time frame, a fight against a walking punching bag in Smith. Sure he needs to become active and sharpen up but it is what it is. Ward has a great chance of beating GGG especially at that higher weight, but Ward can NOT sell tickets or buys. His team is terrible, with his talent and ability he should be much higher than he is when it comes to marketing.


-brownsugar :

Agreed all the way around except I don't think GGG speaks good English at all. It is broken English yet I find it amusing as he comes off innocent and fun after battering these professionals into submission. What Pac did was extraordinary and what Floyd did was brilliant and amazing making the money he did while not being an offensive or violent fighter. All the respect to them for their accomplishments. Ward is been inactive for near three years only having one fight in that time frame, a fight against a walking punching bag in Smith. Sure he needs to become active and sharpen up but it is what it is. Ward has a great chance of beating GGG especially at that higher weight, but Ward can NOT sell tickets or buys. His team is terrible, with his talent and ability he should be much higher than he is when it comes to marketing.
Good comments, The reason I believe Ward is a far greater draw in a ppv fight with Golovkin is: Ward is the last American to win gold, and while he may be a little less than a household name, His name has far more credibility and recognition value attatched to it than Lemieux, Quillin or Lee in the U.S. except for Chavez Jr...... Plus when the facebook know-it-alls begin pumping up Ward's competitiveness, I think interest in the fight would go viral. Ward doesnt need a tuneup for Golovkin, he is one of those ever-ready fighters like Bhop or Floyd. Im not even saying he wins the fight. But with the perception of a good match up and the very real aspect of their mutual bad blood I would imagine that sales would automatically reach between 400k-500k, ...I think it would get people talking. Bad thing about it,... There is only a short window of opportunity for Ward vs Golovkin to happen due to Ward moving up in weght. I also believe Ward can sell tickets, any good fighter can, just depends on the matchup. And this is a great matchup. Nobody south of Canada barely knows who Lemieux is, his winning spree only lasted for a relatively few number of fights... and Sadly there are no compelling and proven middleweights to even warrent a ppv in Golovkin's case. Golovkin's chance will come.


-amayseng :

Good comments, The reason I believe Ward is a far greater draw in a ppv fight with Golovkin is: Ward is the last American to win gold, and while he may be a little less than a household name, His name has far more credibility and recognition value attatched to it than Lemieux, Quillin or Lee in the U.S. except for Chavez Jr...... Plus when the facebook know-it-alls begin pumping up Ward's competitiveness, I think interest in the fight would go viral. Ward doesnt need a tuneup for Golovkin, he is one of those ever-ready fighters like Bhop or Floyd. Im not even saying he wins the fight. But with the perception of a good match up and the very real aspect of their mutual bad blood I would imagine that sales would automatically reach between 400k-500k, ...I think it would get people talking. Bad thing about it,... There is only a short window of opportunity for Ward vs Golovkin to happen due to Ward moving up in weght. I also believe Ward can sell tickets, any good fighter can, just depends on the matchup. And this is a great matchup. Nobody south of Canada barely knows who Lemieux is, his winning spree only lasted for a relatively few number of fights... and Sadly there are no compelling and proven middleweights to even warrent a ppv in Golovkin's case. Golovkin's chance will come.
I love both these fighters I dont care who wins I just hope it is close enough for us to get two or three fights out of them. GGG is selling at a global level where as Ward has just been so inactive and does not clout much popularity in the mainstream. Sure he is more known than DL and I think they do enough for 500k buys with the right marketing, with Ward getting in a good exciting fight. I think Ward is exciting, he fights like a prime more violent Floyd M.


-BigArt :

Good article Frank , Triple G will never get the Mayweather hype, but will be a Champ like Sugar Ray or Roberto Duran.


-King Beef :

I don't think there will be another fighter like Mayweather that can get the people that despise his character to shell out their $$$, or get @sses in the seats with the hopes of seeing him lose. I personally was kinda shocked at GGG's PPV #s, I was expecting alittle more, with it being a "just bleed" climate in boxing right now.


-amayseng :

I don't think there will be another fighter like Mayweather that can get the people that despise his character to shell out their $$$, or get @sses in the seats with the hopes of seeing him lose. I personally was kinda shocked at GGG's PPV #s, I was expecting alittle more, with it being a "just bleed" climate in boxing right now.
Well dont forget that the Pac May fight was so boring that no one nonhardcore is gonna be shelling out for the rest of the year and also Cotto Canelo is weeks later . Considering all that the GGG DL prob did ok


-stormcentre :

Forget how MayPac was not entertaining and all the PED, injury, poor performance, writs, and fraud related claims that overshadowed that fight. 3G can be as big as Mayweather. Furthermore, all the credible negative comments here about Floyd (regardless of how small that count may be) and what is entertaining serve as testimony to that. If 3G continues to clean house and knock guys out as easily as (the overrated) Lemieux, then he will become a PPV star and people will come; if only to see how long he can keep performing at such a high level without faking injuries, misleading fans, taking PEDs, agreeing to contractual provisions that he later complains of, and being near IV drips. Boxing fans are such that - the majority of them - are easily misled and marketed to. When that's combined with their appetite for the action that only combat sports deliver, they often view things selectively and as such will migrate to where the action is and/or where they're told it is. Proof of this is in how repetitive, basic, common, and rinse/repeat like most fight-promotion marketing campaigns are; by design - not production. For 3G to be as big as Mayweather he just needs to do as above described (with better competition) and also stay away from his PacLike penchant for catch-weights. Admittedly though, 3G seems to only think like that (catch-weights) with truly dangerous competition (like Ward); which he is yet to face. A small step up for 3G would be Lara, and even perhaps Canelo. From there he needs to fight 168ers; as that is really what he is.
Storm.