Retired former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26KOs) was not impressed with the recent victory by Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (36-0, 33KOs).
Golovkin retained his WBC/IBO/WBA/IBF middleweight world titles last month, when he traveled over to the UK and stopped IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in five rounds.
Brook moved up by thirteen pounds to take the fight. He suffered a broken orbital bone in the second, which eventually forced his corner to throw in the towel in the fifth round.
Mayweather said the outcome seemed fishy to him, because he felt Brook just stopped fighting back and his corner sent in the towel. Boxing analyst and veteran trainer Teddy Atlas made a similar claim last month, but he felt Brook entered the fight with a pre-existing injury to his eye.
“There shouldn’t be no quit in no fighter. Just like in the Kell Brook fight, I saw the corner jump in and threw in the towel. To me it looked like a fix,” Mayweather told a group of reporters following an event which his company staged on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, who jump in weight from super featherweight to junior middleweight, once again called on Golovkin to move up to super middleweight. Mayweather has been angling for Golovkin to come up to 168 to fight WBC champion Badou Jack, who Mayweather promotes.
To throw some fuel to the fire, Mayweather admitted that his nephew’s favorite is Golovkin – but he now views him in a new light based on the performance against Brook.
“What we want to see is this. We’ve seen Sugar Ray Leonard go up in weight, Robert Duran go up in weight. We’ve so many legendary fighters go up in weight, but my nephew’s favorite fighter, Triple G, has yet to go up in weight,” Mayweather said.
“I see my nephew after the Kell Brook fight, and he said ‘[Golovkin] wasn’t really what I thought he was, he cool.’ I told you he got punching power, for a stationary target [to get hit]. Then he said ‘unc, you would have stopped him, you would have destroyed him.’ I said ‘nephew, you ain’t telling me nothing new.’ He was just a fan of Triple G fighting those stationary targets.”
Boxing: Mayweather "Mocks" Golovkin