Floyd Mayweather Comments on Potential Gennady Golovkin Fight

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2016

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 30: World Champion boxer and current promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. watches his fighter Gervonta Davis during the Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV boxing match at The Venue at UCF on October 30, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he would make "easy work" of reigning IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at 160 pounds, despite the fact he'd struggle to make weight for the bout.

In video captured by FightHype.com, Money questioned how he could be expected to make middleweight when he struggled to fight at 147 pounds before swiftly adding he'd defeat Golovkin nonetheless (h/t Allan Fox of Boxing News 24). 

"I can barely make 147, so how am I gonna fight at 160? Triple G, not being disrespectful, but he's straight up and down, no special effects. That's easy work. With the [Manny] Pacquiao fight, you know, 10 rounds to two, that was a blowout."

Mayweather said he'd make "easy work" of Golovkin.
Mayweather said he'd make "easy work" of Golovkin.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Here's Mayweather's response in full (Warning: Contains NSFW language):

It's been five months since Mayweather defeated Andre Berto via unanimous decision to claim his 49th career victory and bow out on a high, but Golovkin has been tipped as an opponent who could tease Mayweather out of retirement.

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Any hopes of seeing the superfight look likely to be stunted, however. Mayweather rarely featured above the welterweight limit of 147 pounds during the latter years of his career.  

That said, Fox reported Golovkin said he'd "be willing to come down to 154 to fight Mayweather," opening the option for both fighters, although GGG has never fought for a title outside middleweight.

Mayweather, on the other hand, successfully defended his WBC light middleweight title—the same title he took from Oscar De La Hoya nine years ago—against Marcos Maidana as recently as 2014.

Golovkin's record stands at 34-0, with 31 of those wins by knockout.
Golovkin's record stands at 34-0, with 31 of those wins by knockout.Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

There appear to be many obstacles preventing this fight from coming to fruition, however, the most obvious of which is that Money remains retired.

Pitting the undefeated Golovkin against Mayweather would make for a potentially massive matchup, though, one that Guardian boxing correspondent Kevin Mitchell ranked as one of his five most desired fights for 2016:

kevin mitchell @kevinmitchell50

Real to fantasy: Fury-Wilder, Joshua-Haye, Joshua-Fury, Saunders-Golovkin, Golovkin-Mayweather (11st if needed) https://t.co/wKWes99CB1

It's also worth noting light middleweight was the same division in which Mayweather defeated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to retain the WBA crown in 2013; therefore, Golovkin may not be the stretch some suggest after all.

Golovkin is scheduled to meet Dominic Wade on April 23 in the hopes of taking his record to 35-0. Perhaps Mayweather's taunt will prompt a response from the hard-hitting Kazakh.

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