Op-Ed: Why Floyd Mayweather won't risk record against Gennady Golovkin

Posted May 19, 2015 by Leo Reyes
WBA (Super) & IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has announced his intention to move down to 154 pound welterweight limit to entice unbeaten welterweight king Floyd Mayweather to consider him in choosing his next opponent.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has risen to become the world s most highly-paid athlete.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has risen to become the world's most highly-paid athlete.
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Golovkin made the offer following his TKO victory over Willie Monroe last Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Golovkin has been fighting in the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.
The 33-year-old champion from Karagandy, Kazakhstan dropped Monroe twice in the second round but was unable to finish the Rochester, New York native, who fought gallantly despite the odds in favor of the Kazakh.
Mayweather has yet to react on Golovkin's statement and while Golovkin is a worthy opponent, there is a slim chance he will consider the offer.
Mayweather will return to the ring on September 12 after beating Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao last May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The unbeaten American is one fight shy of his $200 million six-fight contract with CBS/Showtime and will be doing his 49th fight in his pro career spanning 20 years.
It would be foolish for Mayweather to take on Golovkin as the Kazakh poses great risk to his unbeaten record. Aside from Golovkin's size advantage, the equally unbeaten champion is a known knockout artist, having won 30 of his 33 pro fights via knockout.
Another reason why Mayweather would likely decline the offer is Golovkin's untested pay-per-view (PPV) record which makes him a "hard sell" in marketing and promoting the fight.
Mayweather has just broken all PPV records with his May 2 fight against Pacquiao. There are unofficial reports that the PPV revenue for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight could reach more than five million buys.
“As of right now, we are somewhere over 4 and a half million (PPV). I think that when it’s all said and done, we should be at 5.2 million. And then also with the overseas and everything plus merchandise, we have a possibility of reaching $700 million,” Maytweather told DJ Whoo Kid.
Considering Mayweather's desire to duplicate Rocky Marciano's unbeaten career record of 49 wins without a single loss, it would be prudent for Mayweather to decline Golovkin's risky offer.