A few days ago Thaboxingvoice.com was on hand at the Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens press conference, and we happened to bump into Showtime boxing analyst Steve Farhood. With just a week away from the huge blockbuster fight coming up on Sept. 14 between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez and an incredible fight schedule of intriguing match-ups in the coming months ahead, there was a lot to talk about.
Steve gave his thoughts on Mayweather-Alvarez. “Well first off the atmosphere is going to be incredible. September 14 is going to be the biggest fight in the last two or three years. The atmosphere will be amazing. Its Mexican Independence Day weekend, the crowd will be purely for ‘Canelo.’” He also talked about Alvarez’ chances of upsetting the undefeated pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather. “He’s a young undefeated fighter. We don’t know how good he can be yet. He’s going to have to raise his game to box with Floyd Mayweather. I think he can do it, and I think it’s going to be a competitive fight, and I think that’s what everybody wants because it’s been so long since Floyd Mayweather has really been challenged, so I’m look forward to it.”
Just like many of us, Farhood is also excited about the co feature on the Mayweather-Alvarez undercard, Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse. “The Matthysse-Garcia fight is a can’t miss. I don’t see how it can miss. I don’t know how long it will last. We’ve seen Matthysse, how powerful he is. Danny Garcia with some defensive issues but Danny Garcia is undefeated. He’s very tough, and he proved against Amir Khan that when things are not going well, he still has the ability to turn it around, so I can’t wait for that fight. To have that on the biggest pay per view card of the year adds a whole different dimension to it. It’s fantastic and that will steal the show.”
We switched gears a bit and talked about the two fighters featured at the press conference and scheduled to face off against each other on November 2 Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens. “Well Golovkin is a tremendous puncher. We know that. Curtis Stevens is a tremendous puncher but Golovkin is en route to something pretty special, not only surpassing Sergio Martinez as the best middleweight in the world because Sergio is a little older now, maybe somewhat broken down but also cracking the top ten pound for pound. Now he is going to have to fight top level opposition to do that. Curtis Stevens is making a huge step up to fight Golovkin. The point is they’re both big punchers and if they go at it from the first round it’s going to be very explosive however long it lasts,” Farhood explained.
Lastly we discussed if Manny Pacquiao will ever be the same after suffering a devastating knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez last December and if it will affect him going into his upcoming fight against Brandon Rios on November 23. Farhood went on to say, “Well whenever you suffer the kind of knockout loss that Pacquiao did against Juan Manuel Marquez you can’t be sure what the effects are going to be. He’s also an older fight, so yes there is a doubt there. Style wise the fight favors Pacquiao. He’s faster. Rios is a pressure fighter not a counter puncher, so I have to favor Manny until I know that the effects of that Marquez fight will carry through to the next fight, and we don’t know that yet.”