This writer must tell you right off I am a BIG fan of Gennandy “GGG” Golovkin, 31-0 (28)! He holds the WBA, WBC interim and IBO middleweight titles. He claims he can drop to 154 or go up to 168!
Golovkin is 32 and a professional since 2006. His amateur record was 350-5 and he was the Silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics. In the amateurs he defeated current WBO 160 champ Andy Lee, Mat Korobov, Andre Dirrell, former WBA/IBF 160 champ Daniel Geale, former IBF 168 champ Lucian Bute and Cuban Yordanis Despaigne.
Golovkin has scored knockouts in his last 18 fights and is scheduled to fight Martin Murray this weekend in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
This will be Golovkin's twelfth title defense. He is 5’10 ½” and with a 70” reach. His trainer is Abel Sanchez and his manager is Tom Loeffler. He was from Kazakhstan, then Germany and now CA.
Everyone’s poll’s No. 1 P4P boxer is none other than Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr., 47-0 (26). He not only holds both the WBA super world and WBC world titles but at both welterweight and super world welterweight. He previously held the WBC super featherweight and WBC lightweight titles.
Mayweather will be 38 next week and a professional since 1996. His amateur record was 84-6 and he was the Bronze medalist in the 1996 Olympics. He reversed losses to Carlos Navarro and Augie Sanchez with a pair of wins over both. He has 20 title defenses and has not fought outside the US as a professional. He is 5’8” and with a 72” reach. His trainer is his uncle, Roger and Al Haymon is his manager. He has his own promotional company Mayweather Promotions. He was from Grand Rapids, MI, and now Las Vegas, NV.
This match-up of Mayweather and Golovkin rarely gets mentioned. Its been Mayweather and Pacquaio for the last 8 years. What we should all want to hear is “in this corner at 154 Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and in the other corner at 152 the WBA and WBC super welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather!”
Of course Mayweather may insist Golovkin comes in at 152 which will give him “an excuse” not to defend against “GGG”! Of course there is talk of a Golovkin and Andre Ward fight at 168 and several at 160. Also talk of the Andy Lee and Peter Quillin WBO 160 winner.
Many have challenged Golovkin but “few” have signed their name on a contract. In contrast many want to fight Mayweather in hopes of a a big payday. Figuring Mayweather has 3 bouts left to surpass Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and Golovkin looking to unify or move up to 168, we may never find out who is the best P4P boxer in the world.
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