Mayweather-Golovkin is the new Mayweather-Pacquiao and that’s not a good thing
With only 48 hours in the books since “the fight of the century”, Floyd Mayweather now has a new “mega-fight” already being offered up by pundits in the form of middleweight, Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin, who has been purely dominate in the middleweight division up until this point, is now being talked about as “the new Mayweather-Pacquiao”, i.e. the next super-fight for Mayweather.
“If [Floyd] Mayweather wants to make it up to fans he would fight [Gennady] Golovkin!” said ESPN boxing expert Teddy Atlas after the fight and so it began. As Floyd Mayweather closed the chapter on his biggest rival of his career, Manny Pacquiao, it appeared that mere minutes after the fight it was already being leveraged that he needs to fight another tough foe in his prime, in Golovkin. It is a little absurd that Mayweather who had just won the bout in a vintage performance in which he turned back the clock was already being lampooned by on-air personalities asking to see the fight. Even worse it was implied that Mayweather wouldn’t have the courage to take it, case and point Robert Flores of ESPN when talking with Bernard Hopkins after the fight.
The idea Atlas pitched was a bout at or around 154 lbs. that would have Mayweather taking on the tough, brute from Eastern Europe in what Mayweather says will be his final bout. The tough part behind this is that is a truly un-makable fight, most casual boxing fans don’t know of Golovkin and wouldn’t “buy into the hype” for the fight since they feel they got duped for this bout. Even worse, Mayweather is signed to Showtime, whereas Golovkin has an exclusive contract with HBO, so do we expect the two networks to be able to play nice for back to back fights?
On top of all of this, THEY DON’T EVEN FIGHT IN THE SAME FRIGGIN’ WEIGHT CLASS! Floyd is a 147 lber, who has fought at 154 lbs and 152 lbs. once in the respective division, Golovkin is a career 160 lber. The idea of this match-up screams more of “I want to see Floyd Mayweather lose” then it does of pure sport and even then we are not sure if Golovkin would be the favorite for the bout or even win.
Probably the worst part of this though is the undertone, that diminishes Mayweather’s achievement and in a round about way says he still didn’t ever fight the best in his era, because he could of fought Golovkin yet didn’t. Would I like to see the fight, YES! At the same time, we should hold back on creating another super-fight especially after one we had waited seven or so years for had just happened and maybe reflection upon the fight that just happened.