Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t plan on making a comeback, but his decision has nothing to do with his status as a top boxer. The undefeated former champion recently dismissed the idea of an elite opponent luring him out of retirement, including Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Golovkin is regarded by many experts as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, and plenty of fight fans want to see him and Mayweather put their perfect records against each other. But when the 38-year-old was asked on Saturday about the middleweight champion, he noted that the differences in their weight would make a potential bout highly unlikely.
“I can barely make 147, so how am I gonna fight at 160?” Mayweather said to FightHype.com, in regards to Golovkin's middleweight status.
Mayweather has consistently fought at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, never approaching the 160-pound limit at which Golovkin defends his middleweight title. The most Mayweather every weighed for a fight was 150.5 pounds before his Sept. 2013 bout against Canelo Alvarez, which featured a catchweight of 152 pounds.
Golovkin has made his name by dominating the middleweight division, and he’s refused to go below the 160-pound limit for other fighters. A potential bout between Alvarez and Golovkin could be in jeopardy because the Kazakh star has refused Alvarez’s request of fighting at 155 pounds.
However, Golovkin would make an exception if he was presented with the opportunity to face Mayweather.
"Right now this is the biggest fight in the world. He’s a great champion. Look at me, I’m not big, I’m not fat. My couple of last fights – I was 158, 159," Golovkin said in July, via The Washington Post. "It’s possible for me [to go down to fight him]. I would go to 154 just for Floyd. I understand that this is the biggest fight in the world. This would show who is who, the best fighter in the world."
If the weight difference wasn’t an issue, Mayweather indicated he wouldn’t have trouble beating Golovkin. Pacquiao was considered to be among the best fighters of the past decade, but Mayweather easily defeated his rival easily in May. The recently retired boxer believes a bout with Golovkin would produce a similar result.
“Triple G, not being disrespectful, but he's straight up and down -- no special effects. That's easy work,” Mayweather said. "With the Pacquiao fight, you know, 10 rounds to two, that was a blow out. So we can keep throwing names out there."
It doesn’t matter much whether or not Golovkin could give Mayweather a challenge, or if the boxers could agree to a catchweight. There likely isn’t enough money at stake to entice Mayweather to make his way to the ring against the middleweight champ. Mayweather said he’d need to be paid nine figures to come out of retirement, and there doesn’t seem to be enough interest in Golovkin to warrant a $100 million payday.
Mayweather reportedly made well over $200 million for fighting Pacquiao, but he wouldn’t make nearly as much money for facing another opponent. That fight set a record with 4.4 million pay-per-view buys, and Mayweather’s final fight with Andre Berto four months later sold as low as 400,000 PPVs.
Many ardent boxing fans are interested in seeing Golovkin take on a top fighter, but casual sports fans have not caught on to the knockout artist. He headlined a PPV for the first time in October, and his title fight with David Lemieux sold just over 150,000 buys.
Mayweather’s fight with Berto put him at 49-0 for his career, while Golovkin’s win over Lemieux boosted his record to 34-0 with 31 knockouts.