When asked by FightHype.com about Gervonta Davis and Errol Spence, Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 27 KOs) chose to ignore those questions entirely, opting instead to trash Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33KOs) following his 12 round trial with Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29KOs).
Take it away Floyd.
“Let’s talk about another fighter. When I was overseas I seen another fighter fight– and I thought he came up short. But we not gone talk about that. Y’all know who I’m talking about,” said a somewhat giddy Mayweather with a jaded green smile.
When the reporter sarcastically asked who “Money” was referring to, Mayweather made it more than clear through a thinly veiled challenge by dropping, “Triple L. Triple L, because he’ll lose 3 times to me.” This is classic Mayweather, and reminded me of what Abel Sanchez had to say on the subject of this past generation’s best pure boxer.
“He understands exactly what Golovkin has got and understands what Golovkin can do,” stated the always astute and philosophical trainer of Triple G. “He [Floyd] is such a great fighter, that he understands what he would do against Golovkin. He knows what to do to be great inside and outside of the ring, and he’ll say things to keep himself in the spotlight.”
Under the spotlight of an ESPN studio prior to the Jacobs fight, Golovkin made it clear that he would relish a chance to render Mayweather 49-1. Beyond stating that he’s tired of talking about a ‘selfish’ Canelo Alvarez (up next vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 @T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas), Golovkin clearly wants a superfight with Mayweather.
On Mayweather V Canelo: “For Floyd Mayweather, I’m willing to go down to 154. This is a dream fight. There’s a big difference between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez. Floyd id Floyd. Canelo is nothing.”
Unofficial polls from fights fans and media suggests this would be much more palatable than a proposed (and historically disrespectful) mismatch with Conor McGregor. All-time great Sugar Ray Leonard went on record and predicted a 1st round KO victory for the former ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’. But how would a TBE V GGG bout go? On the surface and through squinted optics, it wouldn’t favor Floyd– which is a compelling enough reason to make the fight happen.
“GGG IS FLAT-FOOTED… MAKES A LOT OF MISTAKES”
While Floyd’s assessment may ring true, Golovkin would have no regard for Floyd’s offense while knowing Pretty Boy Floyd couldn’t hurt him- much less Money. If you watched the Jacobs fight, something GGG did exceedingly well (and shows a huge propensity for doing in all of his fights) was land a consistently thunderous jab. Floyd would also be at a reach disadvantage in this fight. At 40 and beyond, there’s no way Floyd would slip this punch consistently.
Anyone who watched Mayweather against Oscar De La Hoya in May 2007, remembers very well that Oscar essentially blew the fight when he abandoned his jab. Golovkin is unlikely to do that. We also have footage of an ordinary and ‘flat-footed’ plodder in Marcos Maidana, who was able to greatly trouble the great Mayweather. The fact that Floyd needed another 12 rounds to barely separate himself from Maidana, in what became his year of 2014, doesn’t bode well for him against an attack from Golovkin that’s 3X’s the force of Maidana. If Chino had another :30 seconds near the end of round 3 when he visibly rocked Mayweather– he may have KO’d Floyd. I believe Golovkin would do just that in around 10 or 11 rounds, to give Floyd the most disturbing 49-1 record in the history of mankind