Are Golovkin’s Chances of Fighting Mayweather Realistic?


    5592ca606d1dc0d4eba6160c5f3f6c77Teddy Atlas was one of the first well-known boxing pundits to suggest a possible match-up between the pound for pound best fighter in the world Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0 KO’s 26), and the Kazakhstan knockout artist Gennady Golovkin (31-0 KO’s 28).

    The majority of fight fans discredited the possibility of this fight coming into fruition, because Golovkin was perceived to be as too heavy. Golovkin currently campaigns at 160lbs, a weight class Mayweather has never fought at before. The weight discrepancy between the two fighters is conspicuous, but Mayweather has already competed against a fighter with a similar stature of Golovkin in Canelo Alvarez.

    Alvarez and Golovkin are virtually identical in size. They both rehydrate to around 170lbs on fight night, have the same arm length, and only one inch separates them in height. The outlier between the two combatants is Alvarez currently campaigns at 154lbs.

    Abel Sanchez does not rule out the possibility of Mayweather-Golvokin fight from occurring. He understands Mayweather-Pacquiao is still the most sought after fight to be made in boxing, but he told’s Jenna J, if Pacquiao doesn’t look good in his upcoming bout against Algieri, then a fight with Golovkin might be the biggest money fight for Mayweather.

    Sanchez went on to say, “Floyd understands the business as well as anybody in boxing. If it’s not a profitable fight [Mayweather-Pacquiao], and Golovkin does well against Murray, Floyd has got some decisions to make. Floyd’s about making the biggest fights and if Golovkin is the biggest fight, I’m sure that he’ll consider it.”

    A Mayweather-Golovkin fight is a possibility but Sanchez’s assessment of Mayweather is not entirely accurate.

    If the main priority of Mayweather’s camp were to create the most profitable fights, Mayweather-Pacquaio would have occurred years ago. The reason why the fight never came into fruition was due to Pacquiao’s refusal to undergo random drug testing when the fight was originally offered, then the cold war in boxing suddenly emerged, preventing a magnitude of fights from happening.

    In order to have a chance of landing a fight with Mayweather, one has to submit to USADA testing, fight on Showtime, and not have any political disputes with Al Haymon.

    As of now Golovkin would not mind undergoing random drug testing, and his promoter Tom Loeffler does not have any vendetta towards Haymon that’s known to the public. The only issue Golovkin faces is being able to fight on Showtime, due to his signing with HBO. This may eliminate any chances of possibly squaring off against the best fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr.