Golovkin vs Canelo predictions: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Sr disagree on outcome
While a projected middleweight showdown isn't expected to materialize until September of 2017, the probable super-fight is currently dominating discussion boards on every major social media outlet subsequent to both fighters' respective efforts in consecutive weeks.
So who wins the highly anticipated mega-fight?
Despite being two respected and world renowned experts in their chosen field, Floyd Mayweather and his father have two very different opinions about the seemingly imminent match-up.
"Honestly, I think Canelo can beat Golovkin," Floyd Jr. recently said to FightHype.com.
"But I don't think that Canelo should go up and fight Golovkin. He wants every small guy from Welterweight or 154 to move up to 160. When is Golovkin going to make the jump and go up?"
The soon-to-be 40 year old fighter turned promoter has shared twelve rounds with the Mexican superstar and is admittedly more familiar with Alvarez's ring attributes. Although the self-proclaimed "TBE" recognizes the power and durability of the current Middleweight puncher, he doesn't think much of the knockout artist from Kazakhstan, characterizing Golovkin as a fighter who is "straight up and down with no special effects".
Even though the elder statesman of the Mayweather family believes his son would give the Kazakh hammer a boxing lesson if they ever squared off, Floyd Sr. believes Golovkin's power and durability would be enough to stop Canelo within the distance.
"Golovkin can punch and he'll smother you," the 63 year old fight trainer told FightHype.com.
"That's what happened in his fight against Kell Brook, and the same thing would happen to Canelo. I think Golovkin can take shots better than Canelo too, and to be honest, I don't think Canelo wants that fight."
The undefeated and recently retired, pound for pound king took exception to his father's commentary and "respectfully" disagrees with his coach.
"When Canelo lost to me, it was a learning experience," Floyd Mayweather stated to FightHype.com.
"He was able to bounce back, and now he's a better fighter, I think. I don't think Canelo's a coward, I don't think he's scared. Canelo and Pacquiao are the two biggest names in the sport of boxing right now."
"So Canelo don't need Golovkin. It's Golovkin who needs Canelo."
While many fight fans and ardent Golovkin detractors agree with Floyd Jr's observations, stating that Canelo does indeed possess the greater speed, defense and overall technical ability, a large percentage of the boxing community currently sides with Mayweather Sr. in believing that Canelo doesn't really want to match power and durability with the hard punching Middleweight champion.
So which Mayweather is correct in their respective assessments?
There's only one way to find out...let's hope all parties involved make Canelo vs Golovkin a reality in 2017.
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