By Jeff Agee: Depending on whether he succeeds or not in his fight against IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) on October 17th, IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) says he’ll be ready to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. after that. Golovkin wants the Mayweather fight, but he doesn’t have a big enough win on his resume to make a case that he deserves the fight. He needs to beat some better fighters for him to even call out Mayweather.
“I’m ready,” Golovkin said via TMZ.com about him wanting the Mayweather fight once he gets past Lemieux, if he gets past him.
Golovkin said he’s not interested in a fight against Manny Pacquiao because he sees him as being too small to fight. Pacquiao stands only 5’6 ½” and he’s coming off of a loss to Mayweather and a bad shoulder injury. Golovkin would take too much heat from the boxing fans if he faced someone as small as Pacquiao. It would be fun to watch though. Pacquiao fought a taller fighter than Golovkin in the past in 5’11” Antonio Margarito and they fought each other at a catch-weight of 150 pounds back in 2010.
“Manny’s too small,” Golovkin said.
Golovkin said he would drain down to 154 to fight Mayweather if he were open to take the fight. Mayweather said recently that Golovkin is too big for him, but he still thinks he would beat him because he feels that there’s “nothing special” about him.
Golovkin fights Lemieux in less than two weeks on October 17th on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“This preparation has been different. Finally, he has gotten someone who he considers as a threat. Someone that he feels will give him a fight for as long as it lasts,” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez said. “All the great fighters have been hurt and if that happens how is he going to react? But I am confident that it won’t go twelve, he is going to go down as one of the best punchers and best middleweights ever.”
Lemieux definitely has the size, power and the aggressiveness to defeat Golovkin. Whether he will actually do that remains to be seen.