Boxing star Gennady Golovkin has backtracked on some of his past comments about the heavily speculated boxing matchup between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin currently stands as one of modern boxing’s most lethal combatants. In 36 professional fights, he remains undefeated and has finished 33 of those wins by way of knockout. His resumé at this stage is unquestionable but for many, the one bout that has eluded his fine career is one that would see him take on the legendary and similarly undefeated Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather, who is currently retired, never stepped into the ring with Golovkin but for some time now, has been heavily linked to a potentially earth-shattering boxing matchup with the world of MMA’s biggest star, Conor McGregor.
McGregor, who holds zero pro-boxing experience has established himself not only as his sport’s biggest PPV draw, but also as one of its most innovative and devastating power-punchers and despite his impressive credentials in MMA, has been given virtually no chance against the dominant Mayweather in the arena of boxing.
Gennady Golovkin actually stood as one of the few who did not entirely discredit the Crumlin man’s chances in a matchup with Floyd Mayweather, telling TMZ earlier this year that the world would be wrong to completely rule out a freak win for the Notorious One in what would be his pro-debut.
“A little bit difficult for Conor. I respect him and he’s a great athlete and a great UFC fighter. A little bit different, boxing and UFC. Everybody has chance. I think Conor, he has a lot of chance.”
Now, however, with the talk of this frankly ridiculous contest reaching boiling point, Golovkin has seemingly done a u-turn on his prior statement, voicing both his disinterest in the hypothetical matchup as well as his belief that McGregor’s chances in such a fight would be virtually non-existent.
“I’ve not too much interest for this fight because it’s a commercial fight, a businesses fight. It’s not boxing, it’s just very good for Floyd’s record. Maybe 100-percent [That Conor McGregor would lose].
An interesting change of heart on the part of the hard-handed Golovkin but perhaps one that now echoes the belief of the masses more than his previous stance.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena