Gennady Golovkin has revealed he would drop down to 154 pounds to secure a showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fight he believes is the "biggest" on the planet right now.
Like Mayweather, GGG boasts a formidable unbeaten record. He stands 30-0 after beating Willie Monroe Jr. in May, a bout that took place two weeks after Mayweather toppled Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.
Pretty Boy is due to round off his career with a less-than-exciting contest against Andre Berto in September, reported the Washington Post (h/t Gareth A. Davies of the Telegraph). Golovkin is one of many who would love an attempt to end the 48-0 fighter's perfect run, as he told Max Kellerman of SportsNation (h/t Boxing Scene's Edward Chaykovsky):
Right now this is the biggest fight in the world. He's a great champion. Look at me, I'm not big, I'm not fat. My couple of last fights - I was 158, 159. It's possible for me (to go down to fight him). I would go to 154 just for Floyd. I understand that this is biggest fight in the world. This would show who is who, the best fighter in the world.
Golovkin represents a group of potential opponents who are far more entitled to a challenge against Mayweather than Berto is. Britain's Amir Khan has been pining to face the American over the last year, while a rematch against Pacquiao would be a fitting way for Mayweather to see out his career.
Josh Katzowitz of Forbes believes Mayweather vs. Golovkin is the "pipe dream" and that a potential bout against Berto should be classed as a "major disappointment" if it goes ahead. "For Mayweather to go from Pacquiao to Berto simply seems like a waste of time," he wrote.
Berto is ready if he gets the call:
For what it's worth, Berto smashed his way toward a 27-0 record before struggling against the elite. Victor Ortiz ended his unblemished run, before Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass made it three losses in Berto's last six fights.
Guerrero beat Berto to a pulp, making his eyes swell in a deserved unanimous-decision victory. None of these guys would get close to Mayweather.
"The only saving grace for this fight (Mayweather vs. Berto) is that it reportedly could be shown for free on the CBS network. So, at least fans will save $100," noted Katzowitz.
Golovkin is a brutal fighter and someone who would put himself at risk to land power shots on Money. Pacquiao lacked the movement or ambition to do this. Mayweather's defence is unlike anything else in the sport, but Golovkin is the type of fighter who would go for broke if he receives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity against the best.
The Kazakh's more immediate attention will turn toward Saul Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, two men who are expected to battle it out for a shot at Golovkin's WBC interim title in November, reported Chaykovsky. GGG believes the contest is evenly stacked, but Canelo will take the win.
Interestingly, Golovkin also suggested Alvarez would pose him the greatest trouble, telling Kellerman: "Maybe Canelo (will be the toughest challenger for me). He's young, new style, new situation."
Golovkin ranks among those who can dominate the pound-for-pound standings once Mayweather hangs up his gloves.
Many fans will no doubt struggle to get on board with Money rounding his career off against Berto—a solid competitor who has recently lost momentum—especially when there are so many improving stars ready to make the step up.