By Edward Chaykovsky
Trainer Jeff Mayweather, who is also a former fighter and the uncle of WBC/WBA 147 and 154-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. - would like to see WBA/IBO middleweight king Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27KOs) move up in weight to face the top guy at super middleweight, Andre Ward.
Golovkin, and his trainer Abel Sanchez, have stated in several interviews that they are wiling to drop down to 154-pounds for a fight with Mayweather.
Jeff says Golovkin's willingness to fight Mayweather at 154 is nothing more than a payday grab. If he really wants the fight, then Golovkin - as Saul Alvarez was forced to do - would have to drop down to a weight below the junior middleweight limit.
"First of all, Floyd’s not even a 154-pounder. Floyd just happens to be the best 154-pounder in the world, but he’s never fought at 154-pounds. He fought at 149 and 148, when he won the title. Why are you begging for a guy who is 13-pounds under when you have a guy that’s 8-pounds north of you that’s also considered one of the best fighters? He wants a payday like everyone else, that’s what it’s about," Jeff told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
"It’s not about trying to prove anything because you’re not proving anything by fighting Floyd. Golovkin wants a payday like everyone else, but going down to 154-pounds doesn’t mean anything. Go down to 147 to fight Floyd."