Floyd Mayweather recently ranted that the public hypocritically compares legendary badass Gennady Golovkin and semi-retiree Andre Ward.
The 33-year-old Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) scored an eighth-round TKO over Canadian slugger David Lemieux to unify middleweight titles on October 17. In contrast to the extremely active 5-foot-10, 160-pound Golovkin, the 31-year-old Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) was scheduled to debut in the 175-pound light heavyweight division against Colombian Alexander Brand on November 21. Unsurprisingly, having competed only three times in four years, the 6-foot Ward withdrew from that bout due to inflammation in his right knee.
Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) nonsensically claims that, rather than having the two stars scrap, HBO is forcing Ward to gain weight to protect Golovkin’s unblemished record.
“It’s crazy how they always say, ‘Andre Ward is such a boring fighter. Mayweather is such a boring fighter.’ I want to see Triple G fight Andre Ward. I don’t want Andre Ward to go up to 175,” said Mayweather, 38, who exited the squared circle for allegedly the final time on September 12 after unanimously outscoring middling prizefighter Andre Berto.
“Nothing happens over night. Everything takes time. Andre Ward should not go up to light heavyweight. He can go to light heavyweight when they make Triple G come up to fight him at 68. That’s the deal I would make. That’s what I would do if I was dealing with Andre Ward’s career. But, you know, I’m not dealing with his career. I think that his body is so used to fighting at 168. If that’s what he’s accustomed to, then that’s where he should continue to fight at. If the money is not going to be ridiculous, I mean, why go up?”
Ward, a gold medalist as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, is a defensive artist who uses elite footwork, a steady jab, and ferocious left hook to dominate. Ward’s absorbed virtually no punishment as a professional and he hasn’t been conquered since he was a 12-year-old amateur. Unfortunately for the “Son of God,” Golovkin is a once-in-a-generation powerhouse who may be the world’s premier boxer.
Golovkin, who most recently secured his 21st consecutive stoppage and retained his 160-pound title for the 15th time versus Lemieux, has knocked out 90.91 percent of his opponents. Golovkin is an intimidating, ferocious and accurate striker who has never been toppled in over 375 contests. GGG masterfully cuts off the ring and possesses a granite chin and cinder blocks for fists.
If Ward wasn’t busy monitoring his 401k and was strictly focused on boxing, the “Son of God” could certainly outscore Golovkin over 36 minutes. Regrettably, Ward is clearly satisfied acting like a geriatric and Golovkin is understandably determined to defeat Canelo Alvarez and consolidate the middleweight crowns this spring. After the 2013 Ring Fighter of the Year unifies belts, it would be exciting to watch “Triple G come up to fight (Ward) at 68.”
In the meantime, while Gennady Golovkin continues to dominate and earn paychecks, Floyd Mayweather should realize he’s ancient news and Andre Ward should stop wasting his prime and daydreaming about Del Boca Vista.