Famed boxing analyst Max Kellerman thinks Gennady Golovkin would earn a knockout victory over Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The 38-year-old Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) is slated to battle Andre Berto on September 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roughly five weeks later on October 17, the 33-year-old Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) will meet Canadian David Lemieux in a middleweight unification bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Golovkin is subsequently expected to fight the winner of November’s Canelo Alvarez versus Miguel Cotto match in the spring of 2016.
“Now we’re clamoring for Triple-G. I would love to see him [Mayweather] him fight Triple G,” Kellerman told Fight Hype on Tuesday.
“I think Triple G would knock Floyd out. I don’t think Floyd would get anywhere near him. It’s much easier to say ‘Oh, I’d beat him’ than to actually try and beat him. He could say it’s not worth the money yet. Let’s see what Golovkin and Lemieux do on pay-per-view. Let’s see what kind of [PPV] buys that does. If it does a surprising amount of buys, and then Canelo beats Cotto or vice versa, and the winner could fight Triple G. Stylistically, if that’s Canelo, then that’s a Hagler-Hearns type of action fight. If Triple G wins that fight, at that point, maybe he’s a million pay-per-view mover, and then it could make business sense [for Mayweather to fight Golovkin].”
The 31-year-old Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) has won two consecutive scraps since receiving a beating from Jesus Soto Karass in July 2013. In stark contrast to the unexceptional Berto, Mayweather, who last lost as a 19-year-old to Bulgarian Serafim Todorov in the semifinals of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has been the sport’s pound-for-pound king for nearly a decade. The 5-foot-8 Mayweather hasn’t cleanly knocked out an opponent since Ricky Hatton in December 2007 and the 5-foot-6 Berto can absorb a decent punch. It’s seemingly a foregone conclusion that Mayweather will coast to a unanimous decision triumph over Berto this Mexican Independence Day weekend.
Conversely, in many ways, the 26-year-old Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) is the ideal adversary for Golovkin. Lemieux, who has knocked out 86 percent of his foes, will willingly exchange with the merciless Golovkin. Regrettably for the aggressive Canuck, Lemieux is incapable of hurting Golovkin and his style will leave him exposed to punishment. The 5-foot-10 Golovkin will batter the 5-foot-9 Lemieux and capture the IBF World middleweight belt this autumn.
Meanwhile, Mayweather insists he will retire following his contest with Berto. However, if the undefeated legend attempts to break Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark, Golovkin would give Mayweather the fiercest challenge of his career.
GGG, the 2013 Ring Fighter of the Year, is a menacing, savage and accurate slugger who has never been floored in over 375 affairs. Even against the brilliant defensive artist, Golovkin would manage to cut off the ring and pummel Mayweather with his concrete fists. Golovkin is simply a once-in-a-generation powerhouse who is the sport’s most feared man.
Ultimately, despite “clamoring for Triple-G,” Floyd Mayweather will avoid Gennady Golovkin and exit the squared circle as an unblemished champion.