Kazakh superstar Gennady Golovkin insists he wants to be the one to bring Floyd Mayweather out of retirement.
Rated as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters currently on the planet, Golovkin is undefeated in 36 fights – with 34 by knockout.
He holds the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight titles, and he is almost running out of opponents, worthy of taking him on.
Golovkin is currently in camp training ahead of a mandatory defence with Daniel Jacobs in Madison Square Garden, but he has his sights on what is next.
Saul ‘Canleo’ Alvarez is hoping to meet Golovkin in the future, but ‘GGG’ would love to get undefeated and retired Mayweathr in the square ring.
Mayweather has not fought since his last fight in Setpember 2015 when he defeated Andre Berto. Although recently he and his camp have been in talks about an unreprecedeted clash with MMA superstar Conor McGregor.
But Golovkin would love to get something on with Mayweather
“There is a big difference between Floyd and Canelo. Floyd is Floyd. Floyd is the best pound-for-pound. Canelo, he’s done nothing,” said Golovkin.
“I talked to him just last year. I want this fight. I need this fight. I’m tired of this talking too much. I not respect [Canelo] because he’s like a selfish.”
And one thing is for sure bookmakers and punters alike would love to see Golovkin and Mayweather clash – but they really feel that the latter’s undefeated 49-0 record would be under real threat.
William Hill make Golovkin 1/3 odds-on favourite with Mayweather the 9/4 outsider.
“It’s not often in his career that Floyd Mayweather has been the underdog. Boxing fans want this fight to happen and if Mayweather wants to be known as the greatest, this is his chance to silence the critics,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
Our boxing expert Tim Rickson gave us his opinion on the potential super-fight, and told TheGamblingTimes,com: “Golovkin v Mayweather at 154lbs…if you wish to see that fight happen then you can immediately stop calling yourself a boxing fan.
Golovkin v Mayweather at 154lbs…if you wish to see that fight happen then you can immediately stop calling yourself a boxing fan.
“Mayweather started his career as a super-featherweight at 130lbs. He won his first World title – the WBC – at super-feather and campaigned at that weight from his debut in 1996 – yes, 1996! Last millennium! – right the way up to 2001.
“Then he won World titles at lightweight, welter, and super-welter. He met De La Hoya, Cotto and Canelo at 154lbs, whether you call it super-welter, light-middle or junior middle, and he didn’t even get near to the weight limit, weighing in at around 150-151lbs.
“Golovkin begun his career in 2006 at 160lbs, where he has remained, and fearsomely conquered and reigned supreme, ever since.
“To get to the point, why would I want to see a natural welterweight go up against a big, strong middleweight? Let’s say Mayweather weighs in at a career-high of 152lbs and GGG gets down to 154lbs; the Kazakh will just rehydrate and re-inflate to over 160lbs by fight night – is that a fair fight?
“There’s plenty of world-class welters to choose from for Floyd’s elusive 50th fight – the winner of Thurman v Garcia, Khan v Pac, or Brook v Spence…any one of those deserves a shot. There’s no need to unlevel the playing field in an already risky sport.”