(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Ed Baylor: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez believes that Golovkin could soon overtake WBA/WBC 147lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) as the No.1 fighter in boxing in the pound-for-pound list if Mayweather continues to face weak opposition like Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs), who Mayweather will be facing in his next fight on September 12th.
Sanchez figures that fans have a short memory, and they won’t care that Mayweather beat top fighters like Manny Pacquiao, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto in the past.
The fans will only care that Mayweather is playing it safe and no longer fighting the dangerous opposition, as he milks his titles and the boxing public with easy pay-per-view mismatches.
“The pound-for-pound rankings, which is a difficult ranking by the fight fans, I think there’s a possibility [that Golovkin could take the No.1 spot] because he will have higher level opposition once beating Lemieux,” Sanchez said via OnThe Ropesboxingradio.com. “If Mayweather continues to do these kinds of opponents like Berto – fans are forgetful. If you don’t do what they want you to do, they forget the things that you’ve done in the past.”
Sanchez doesn’t think Mayweather will retire after his fight against Berto. Mayweather has talked a lot about this being his last fight, but Sanchez doesn’t think that’s going to happen. He believes Mayweather will come back next year in seeking out his 50th win and another payday. If Mayweather takes another soft job next year, it’s possible he’ll slide out of the No.1 spot in the pound-for-pound ratings.
Golovkin has some competition for the No.1 spot even when Mayweather does eventually lose the position. As of now, undefeated WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) is ranked No.2 in Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list. IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) is ranked No.3 in the list, and Golovkin is at No.4. It stands to reason that if Mayweather loses the No.1 spot, Gonzalez will be inserted into Mayweather’s position as the No.1 guy in the pound-for-pound rankings.
Gonzalez has a fight against former two division world champion Brian Viloria on the undercard of Golovkin’s next fight against IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux on October 17th on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.
If Gonzalez destroys Viloria, like many boxing fans believe he’ll do, then it’s going to put Gonzalez in the lead position to take the No.1 pound-for-pound spot if Mayweather retires or if he continues to face poor opposition to help preserve his unbeaten record.
“If Floyd doesn’t continue to impress and to fight the kinds of fights that will impress the fight fans, then yeah I think it will drop him out of the No 1 spot,” Sanchez said. “I think he [Mayweather] fights again, I don’t think it’s over. I think that Mayweather is too much of a historian and too much of a businessman to think that all he wants to do is finish out and hold the record.”