I know what you’re thinking.
“You hate Floyd Mayweather and you’re the same guy who thought that Manny Pacquiao would murder Floyd! F*&% you!!!”. Ok fine. But I also thought that Floyd would fight Pacquiao, something his own father acknowledged was not happening on the evening of May 2 of this year. Floyd Sr. was heard throughout the fight saying things like “Why are you fighting this mother%$#@ scared for?” and “Why are you not throwing any combinations at this little motherf*&^%$?”
It was a familiar refrain dialed up by Sr. throughout 12 of the most expensively boring rounds known to man. One shared by many who witnessed what has already been deemed an uneventfully infamous piece of fistic history. Despite those who blame Pacquiao for the lackluster quality of the fight, Floyd Sr.’s words prove it was indeed Mayweather who made sure the fight smelled like Godzilla after a workout.
Now apparently, word out of Mayweatherville, is that he’ll be fighting a very tough – but very flawed – former world champion in Andre Berto on CBS on September 12. No formal announcement has been made yet, and as is Mayweather’s m.o., this is classic Floyd, keeping your ass in the dark for as long as humanly possible until you can no longer see anything- especially the truth.
Since that is what we seek, there would be no greater truth for proof of Mayweather’s greatness than if he were to face and defeat the menacing and undefeated KO artist in the form of middleweight boss Gennady Golovkin. “GGG” (33-0, 30KO), who’s scheduled to face and defend his belts against lethal puncher David Lemiuex on October 17, has told anyone who will listen that he wants Mayweather badly, and will go down to 154 to get him.
Now think about something… Floyd is cut from the same cloth as Bernard Hopkins, in that he is a freak of nature in terms of an almost supernatural commitment to preparation. What he hasn’t been – unlike the great Hopkins, is a fighter who’s shown a willingness to challenge the best unconditionally. History will have to judge him for that, while not really being able to diminish his achievements. It is not fair to him. But in all fairness, he cannot be that unfair to himself to not face Golovkin for fight #50.
Personally, I’ve seen enough from him and Pacquiao to know that a rematch would be potentially as boring as the first. I don’t give a sh*t if Pacquiao had a bionic right arm in their sequel- Floyd would never decide to engage Pacquiao enough for the Filipino icon to have any sustained success. Pacquiao also does not come forward constantly with ironclad belief in his chin and punching prowess. He is not the type of fighter who will walk you down from the sound of the bell until the last.
Gennady Golovkin would absolutely do this to Floyd Mayweather, and I’m not the only one who believes it. HBO’s Max Kellerman, wading into Mayweather’s backyard recently speaking with Fighthype, had some very clear things to say regarding this fight and possible roadmap to getting there.
“Now we’re clamoring for Triple-G. I would love to see him (Mayweather) fight Triple G. 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 Lemiuex 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”, Kellerman told Fighthype.
The scenario Kellerman lays out is exactly what I think will play out for Golovkin. The paramedics will start caring for Lemiuex after around six rounds or so, and a few weeks after that, on November 21, Canelo will crush Cotto to capture the prestigious WBC middleweight title. Talented as he is, this would set-up (perhaps) a May debacle for Canelo, who would not be able to withstand the type of blunt force trauma he’d be subjected to by the Kazakhstani terror.
After pounding Lemiuex and rendering Canelo cannon fodder in a way Mayweather did not (while still masterfully out-boxing Alvarez) and doing massive numbers to boot, it would be impossible for Floyd to avoid a megafight with GGG for fight #50 in say September 2016. It makes all the sense in the world, for no one believes Floyd will end his career at 49-0 (27KO- Oh yeah, he’ll knock Berto the f*ck out).
And he’ll get KTFO himself.
**For an interesting and unique perspective on Floyd, check out “May-a-veli: The Don Skilluminati” by my upcoming radio partner Zo Crooks with Real Combat Media.