Gennady Golovkin sees no threat to his Sep 16 fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez from Floyd Mayweather Jr’s comeback against Conor McGregor, which he branded “a circus”.
The WBC-IBF-WBA world middleweight champion was talking up the significance of his fight with Canelo on the first leg of a global media tour in London on Monday, after it was announced last week that Mayweather will fight UFC star Conor McGregor at the same Las Vegas venue — the T-Mobile Arena — on Aug 26.
Mayweather-McGregor is expected to do astronomical numbers for revenue and television viewers, but its competitive value is questionable.
Even though five-weight world champion Mayweather is 40 and ‘retired’ for almost two years, the American is the best boxer for a generation and is a huge betting favourite against 27-year-old Irishman McGregor, a mixed martial arts fighter who has never had a professional boxing fight.
Kazakhstan’s California-based Golovkin, 35, who has made 18 successive world title defences and is ESPN’s pound-for-pound No 1, dismissed the threat of Mayweather-McGregor overshadowing his fight with Canelo and damaging pay-per-view sales.
“This [Mayweather-McGregor] is not for fighters, but business,” Golovkin told reporters at a press conference in London Monday.
“I think people understand what is a true fight, a boxing fight, like mine with Caneno or a big show, maybe sometimes for people a funny show, like a circus show.
“Everybody knows — Conor is not boxer, just show. If you want to watch a show please watch them, if you want to watch a true fight, a true boxing fight and you respect boxing, watch my fight with Canelo.
“This is business. Conor with Floyd is not a boxing fight because Conor is not a boxer. Money fight OK, show fight OK.”
Alvarez, 36, lost a majority…