By Edward Chaykovsky
Abel Sanchez, trainer of WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin, could see his man potentially overtake the top pound for pound position in the sport - which is currently held by Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather returns on September 12th against Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Golovkin is back on October 17th in a middleweight unification against David Lemieux at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Sanchez is not impressed with Mayweather's selection for the fall. He sees the fight as being very uneven. Oddsmakers have Mayweather as high as an 80-1 favorite. The fight is being promoted as the final fight of Mayweather's career.
Should Mayweather leave, Sanchez believes his man will eventually take the pound for pound crown. According to Sanchez, if Mayweather decides to fight on and matches himself against opponents like Berto, he will lose his top position.
"The pound-for-pound rankings, which is a difficult ranking by the fight fans, I think there’s a possibility because he will have higher level opposition once beating Lemieux. If Mayweather continues to do these kinds of opponents like Berto — fans are forgetful, if you don’t do what they want you to do and they forget the things that you’ve done in the past," Sanchez told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
"If Floyd doesn’t continue to impress and to fight the kinds of fights that will impress the fight fans, then yeah I think it will drop him out of the number one spot."