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Floyd Mayweather vs Gennady Golovkin: Its likelihood revealed

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On Saturday, September 10, WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will take on his widely perceived "toughest test to date" in IBF Welterweight titlist Kell Brook, in front of a capacity crowd at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Although the Kazakh puncher admits this weekend's event is the biggest he's ever been a part of as a professional, he doesn't believe Brook will be his greatest challenge since turning pro.

"For me, not the biggest name," Gennady Golovkin recently stated to ESNews. "But he's champion, he's undefeated and I respect him...for me every step is bigger and bigger."

Although his trainer, Abel Sanchez, has been extremely candid and very vocal in stating that Gennady could conceivably fight anyone within the 154-168 pound range, the very humble Middleweight champion claims that the notion isn't entirely true at this point of his career. While Triple G claims that he is indeed capable of moving up or down in weight, he wouldn't be willing to make the jump either way for just any opponent.

The "sacrifice" would ultimately have to make business sense.

"Everybody is bigger than me at 160 pounds," insists Gennady Golovkin. "I'm not big guy...I can make 154 pounds no problem. But I need big names, big fights. I respect champions at 168 pounds, but who is there? No big names or big fights at 168 currently."

It's become common knowledge that Team Golovkin desperately wants a big-money fight with Canelo Alvarez, arguably the most lucrative match-up in boxing currently.

But Golovkin admits he wouldn't be willing to melt down to 154 pounds for it. In his mind, there's only one fighter who he'd be willing to accommodate in that area.

"Just for Floyd [Mayweather]...just Floyd. Floyd is great champion and biggest challenge. I understand he's smart guy and good fighter. I respect his boxing style and his business. He's a very good fighter. I go to 154 just for Floyd."

Most believe a match-up between Floyd Mayweather and Gennady Golovkin could potentially rival numbers produced by May/Pac in 2015, which generated 4.4 million PPV purchases and an unprecedented $70 million live gate.

Could Mayweather vs Golovkin exceed those impressive and astronomical figures?

Most believe the match-up would could come close. Max Kellerman of HBO Sports and ESPN believes it would be the biggest match-up at this time. The always controversial boxing commentator just doesn't believe Floyd would ever take the fight.

"Would this [Floyd Mayweather vs Gennady Golovkin] be the biggest money fight in boxing? Absolutely," Kellerman stated to ESNews in April.

"But would taking on the best Middleweight in boxing be worth the money to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at this stage of his career? Probably not.

Even though Floyd says GGG would be 'easy work', I think he realizes he more than likely wouldn't hear the final bell if those two ever fought."

"In my opinion, Golovkin is just too big and too strong for Floyd. Mayweather's defense is effective only if he can counter and hurt his opponents. Floyd disciplines his opponents with his reflexes and counter straight right hands...it keeps them honest."

"Would he be able to keep Gennady Golovkin honest for twelve rounds? I don't think so."

Mayweather - Golovkin highlights (101 sec)

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