By Wilmar Patino:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0 26 KO’s) was seen this past weekend at the Pacquiao vs Vargas fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some speculate he wanted to observe Pacquiao’s current state as a fighter to entertain the idea of a rematch. Others say he is retired and gone from the sport as a boxer for good. I am not excited for the rematch and most fans don’t appear to be either. So, what if Mayweather decided to come back and break Rocky Marciano’s (49-0 43 KO’s) record by retiring undefeated with a 50th win. Floyd’s last opponent, Andre Berto left much to be desired as a rival. What would be next for Floyd Mayweather Jr if he were to fight again, and who would elevate his already proven hall of fame career? Well, if we look at it from a financial standpoint both Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao are still the biggest cash cows in Boxing alongside Miguel Cotto. Yet Floyd has already beaten these men, and there isn’t a public outcry to see these fights happening. So, what would give Floyd a reason to come back?
That’s where Gennady Golovkin (36-0 33 KO’s) steps in as Floyd’s biggest and most lucrative challenge in Boxing. There will always be people who would not like to see this fight with the argument of their size, power, and activity. I believe this would be a very intriguing matchup, and a fight where both men have a real chance of winning. Is Floyd Mayweather too old and small for Golovkin? Maybe, but Mayweather’s durability in the sport has been proven, and he still has the highest boxing IQ in the business. Gennady Golovkin is a force of nature, but he is human too and shown some vulnerabilities when he faced career welterweight Kell Brook (36-1 25 KO’s). Floyd can exploit some of the flaws to Golovkin’s game and score a points decision win by avoiding the power and smothering Golovkin’s work. People tend to forget Mayweather’s boxing ability, speed, and defensive prowess when they discuss the possibility of this matchup. They focus on size, power, and physical aspects of the fight as oppose to the celebral elements and abilities of both fighters. Yes, Golovkin is great at cutting off the ring and can give your body a beating with that vicious power he carries in his fist. Mayweather on the other hand has beaten the man they want to see challenge Gennady Golovkin by shut out when he dismantled Saul Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1 34 KO’s) in what should have been a unanimous victory. Floyd proved that Canelo was not too big nor powerful for the skills and speed of Floyd Mayweather Jr. So why not face Golovkin?
I am aware that this is more wishful thinking than it is close to reality, but anything can happen in the sport of boxing. I for one, would love to see Floyd Mayweather Jr go out and challenge Gennady Golovkin to make history and retire undefeated with 50 professional bouts. Floyd Mayweather Jr. should probably stay retired, but if he were to come back I would love to see him take a challenge. Not that Floyd has not taken any challenges or risks in his career, but I personally feel he took far too few. I wouldn’t really be interested in seeing Floyd fight anyone else unless it’s with Golovkin. Floyd Mayweather has proven he is better than the welterweights of today, in most cases levels above them. Seeing him break down a current welterweight champion does not get me excited for a return of Mayweather. Fighting Golovkin on the other hand is a different story in itself. It would be seen as a Leonard vs Hagler type of event where Sugar Ray Leonard stepped up to middleweight to challenge the monster in Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Who’s to say Floyd can’t or won’t do the same? Attached to this article is a beautiful promo I put together for Boxing fans to finally imagine the historic importance and intrigue in a fight where Floyd Mayweather Jr shocks the world and faces the middleweight monster. Mayweather vs Golovkin for #50? Count me in!