By Tim Nielson: Superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) says he’d be too much for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) to figure out, and he feels it would be yet another fight that he’d add to his win column. In fact, Mayweather thinks Golovkin’s fighting style is rather simplistic with the way he plods forward without much finesse.
One person who isn’t in agreement with that is HBO commentator Max Kellerman. He’s studied the match-up between Golovkin and Mayweather, and his conclusion is that Golovkin is simply too strong and too big for Mayweather to deal with. The interesting thing about that is Mayweather already proved that he could beat a fighter with roughly the same size as Golokvin in his win over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Golovkin, however, has better footwork in cutting off the ring compared to Canelo, and his punching power appears to be much better.
“De La Hoya has been off for seven years. Of course, Floyd [beats him,” Kellerman said to esnewsreporting. “Triple G, of course. He’s too big and strong [for Mayweather]. Also, I think a lot of people think Triple G is easy to hit, but I think that’s what he wants them to think. That’s why in fights against Martin Murray and Willie Monroe Jr., after 2, 3 or 5 rounds, he hurts them and has the guy on his way out. He barely is getting hit. Then when he knows he can take the guy anytime he wants, he gets hit a bit. He takes some shots up here [pointing to his forehead], he tucks his chin, and then Carl Froch and these guys figure he’s easy to hit.”
We’ll never know for sure whether Golovkin would be too big and strong for Mayweather unless face each other. But we can definitely speculate based on what we’ve seen from the two fighters who would come out on top. One thing that we can say is that Mayweather wouldn’t be able to stand with his back against the ropes against a guy like Golovkin without him paying a heavy price.
Mayweather frequently backed up against the ropes in his last fight against Manny Pacquiao last May despite his trainer/father Floyd Mayweather Sr. insisting that he stay off the ropes. Mayweather was able to get away with fighting like that against Pacquiao because he didn’t have the height or reach to land his shots. But the 5’10 ½” Golovkin would have the size to nail Mayweather with big shots when he trapped him against the ropes, and he could take him out with a single shot.