Floyd Mayweather vs Gennady Golovkin? Fans want superfight

Written by Sal Arteaga at Nov 04, 2013 - 11:04AM ET in News
Floyd Mayweather, the WBC Welterweight Champion and Lineal/RING Magazine jr middleweight champion, defeated Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in September and looks to fight again May 2014.

With the prospect of Mayweather facing fellow fight legend Manny Pacquiao dimming, the probability of Floyd facing other fighters grows.

In a recent online poll conducted by RING Magazine, the popular boxing publication asked fans: Who, other than Manny Pacquiao, should Floyd Mayweather fight next?

The poll was conducted prior to Golovkin vs Stevens (Nov 2, 2013) and voters were given the option to select from the following top pugilists:
  • Tim Bradley
  • Danny Garcia
  • Adrien Broner
  • Miguel Cotto
  • Sergio Martinez
  • Amir Khan
  • Marcos Maidana
  • Gennady Golovkin
  • Ruslan Provodnikov
  • Brandon Rios, and
  • Peter Quillin

The poll's winner was Kazakhstan assassin Gennady Golovkin. And Argentinian superstar RING/Lineal Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez finished second, ahead of the supposed leaders, Amir Khan and Danny Garcia. 

If the responders accurately reflect a subset of fight fans, it begs the question: Why not give fans what they want to see - Mayweather vs Golovkin?

The first speed bump to overcome would be the weight. Mayweather is a small jr. middleweight (154 lbs max) while Golovkin fights at the middleweight (160 lbs max). And being the opportunist he is, Floyd would seek every concession possible and would likley ask the naturally bigger Golovkin drop to 154 pounds - something Gennady has promised to do.

In fighting Golovkin, Mayweather, as the pound-for-pound king, would have the opportunity to challenge for the WBA and IBO Middleweight Championships or defend his newly won jr. middleweight titles, the RING/WBC/WBA Championships against boxing fastest rising star.

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From a promotional standpoint, a Mayweather-Golovkin match would not be difficult to make as Golovkin's promoter, K2, has good working relationships with all other promotional teams.

The biggest obstacle would be the networks. Golovkin fights on HBO while Mayweather has a very big, extremely lucrative deal with Showtime. As a result, Golovkin would likely have to fight him on Showtime.

Considering the revenue potential of a Mayweather vs Golovkin bout, it would likely be in the best interest of both networks to find a working solution.

Mayweather vs Golovkin can happen... But the ultimate decision is Floyd Mayweather's.

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