COMMENTARY | After a dominant victory Saturday night over hard-punching Curtis Stevens, the world is Gennady Golovkin's oyster.
While the WBA middleweight titlist is nine defenses deep into his championship run, the walking weapon from Kazakhstan is more than willing to move up or down in weight for the right opponent if 160 lb. unification bouts with Sergio Martinez or Peter Quillin fail to materialize.
Up at super middleweight, of course, is Andre Ward, the undisputed 168 lb. champ, scheduled to take on Edwin Rodriguez on November 16.
But while the prospect of Ward-Golovkin is enough to titillate even the most jaded of hardcore fight fans, Team Golovkin's attention is likely focused on the 154 lb. division, where the real money can be made.
Like most fighters willing to try and make the 147-154 lb. weight range, the dream of Team Golovkin is to somehow lure cash cow Floyd Mayweather into a big ticket, high-profile pay-per-view bout.
According to Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, the 31-year-old wrecking machine is more than willing to shed six pounds for a crack at the pound-for-pound top dog. As a matter of fact, Sanchez believes that Mayweather may need Golovkin just as much as Golovkin needs Mayweather.
"I think that Golovkin is really the only name out there that is gonna give him the kind of payday that he had in his last bout with Canelo," Sanchez told Chris Robinson of Hustleboss.com "there's nobody on the horizon who's gonna give him a 40 or 50 million dollar payday and if Golovkin is the guy, then we're willing to go down to 154...Now, it's a matter of Floyd putting it together...and I think he can."
Mayweather has fought himself into a position of being master of his own domain and, unless it has to do with the stable of hated rival Bob Arum, he can make pretty much any fight he wants at this point.
But is a Golovkin bout a realistic option? Can the middleweight battler shed six full pounds to make the junior middleweight division? Will Mayweather insist on another 152 lb. catchweight for this contest? Does this high risk/relatively low reward match-up even make sense for the five-division world champ?
And while all these questions are being asked, Golovkin keeps waiting for a bout that will really mean something. Up until now, we've seen the highly-regarded powerhouse walk right through second and third tier opposition with great ease while earning the fawning praise of a media always eager to hype the sport's "next big thing."
One-sided wins over Matthew Macklin, Gabe Rosado, and Curtis Stevens have been respectable resume-fillers, but there's not a single legacy-defining victory on his career tally. Much of this is not Golovkin's fault, but history doesn't ask why bouts don't get made. Elite-level opposition either is or isn't on a fighter's resume.
Competitively, Mayweather should be under no pressure to fight Golovkin--not yet, anyway. And, despite Sanchez's claims, it's doubtful that the entertaining destroyer would be able to carry his part of a major PPV event.
So, yeah, maybe in a dream world Mayweather can entertain fantasy fights with the likes of Golovkin, Andre Ward, and Bernard Hopkins. In the real world, though, there's no logic behind any of those match-ups.
In this same real world, Golovkin should put aside thoughts of mega-bouts in different weight classes and focus on facing the best available opposition in his own division-something he has yet to do.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and is the author of Notes from the Boxing Underground. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
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