Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has become the latest in a string of high profile names to give his own view on how a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor would go down.
It seems as though with each passing day we are hit with more and more Mayweather-McGregor-related hype. The hypothetical match-up between the biggest star in boxing and the biggest star in MMA has become even more widely discussed this year than it was in 2016.
Offers have been made, barbs have been exchanged and we’ve heard about as much noise from Mayweather himself as we’ve heard from him in some time now. The people want to see this fight, the fighters seem willing to make it happen, the one problem that is left unresolved right now, however, is the money.
McGregor is a money-making machine. He has made a point of breaking records every time he steps into the octagon and for the sport of mixed martial arts as a whole there are few who have done as much as he has in expanding its appeal to a more mainstream audience. The money he has made for himself and the promotion, however, falls way short of the gargantuan amounts of wealth amassed by the aptly-named Floyd “Money” Mayweather over the course of his career.
Mayweather holds the title of combat sport’s biggest draw of all time but, despite showing interest in stepping back into the ring for what would be his 50th professional bout, seems uninterested in paying McGregor the type of money he feels he is worth.
So the fight may go ahead, or it may not, but this has not stopped several high ranking members of the sporting world from wondering about what exactly would happen if the two biggest names in the fight business ever did settle their financial differences and lace up gloves. The latest in this string of high profile names is the 36-0 Kazakhstani middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Golovkin, or ‘Triple G’ as he’s widely known, is revered for his ridiculous knockout power and toughness and in an interview with TMZ recently, he gave his own opinion on what would happen if the undefeated Mayweather and the hard-hitting McGregor ever made the dreams of fight fans across the globe a reality.
“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.”
When pushed on whether that would give the Dubliner no chance against the defensive master that is Mayweather, GGG continued:
““No, no, no. Everybody has chance. I think Conor, he has a lot of chance.”
A short but succinct answer from Golovkin. We’ll never know what would happen in a match-up between these two until it becomes a reality but with public interest increasing by the day and actual, tangible money talks being aired in public, do not be surprised to see this train continue to gather momentum as the year continues.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena