H.M.S Golovkin—Is Less More?

By Robert Ecksel on April 1, 2017
H.M.S Golovkin—Is Less More?
Can a lovable foreigner with killer instinct get 2 million people to pay to watch him fight?

Some would like nothing more than to see that grin go flying off his face into the ringside seats. But turning Golovkin into Mayweather won’t be easy…

Tom Loeffler stewards the H.M.S. Golovkin with the steady hand of an old salt. The destroyer is valuable property. Its cargo is priceless.

The head of K2 Promotions usually speaks softly and carries a big stick, but he has begun beating the drum loudly in hope of inching forward the fight between Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.

It’s a blockbuster bout, guaranteed money in the bank. The only thing missing are the fighters. It might be a ploy to generate demand to justify supply, but the delays have grown insufferable. Despite the disappointing pay-per-view buys generated by Triple G’s fight with Daniel Jacobs, Loeffler has taken off the gloves.

“I do not like to negotiate through the press,” he told ESPN Deportes. “Oscar likes to talk a lot and he says a fight against Canelo would be the most lucrative fight for Golovkin, but it would also be the most lucrative for Canelo. He would earn more money by facing GGG, than he did when he fought against Mayweather.”

That’s a tall order. Canelo holds all the cards. His fight against Floyd Mayweather in 2013 was an embarrassing loss, but it generated 2.2 million pay-per-view buys, which makes defeat at worst bittersweet.

If and when Canelo stops Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in their Cinco de Mayo slugfest, it will be time to consider Triple G.

“The reality is,” said Loeffler, “this is a fight that is good for both parties and it’s very good for boxing.”

Aside from Golokin’s core audience, which worships the very canvas on which he punches, he lacks the sort of love/hate relationship that create the mega numbers and mega dollars that occasionally make the impossible possible. It’s not Triple G’s fault that he is who he is. He just knocks guys out. But he’s the B-side in these negotiations and there’s little to be done about it. Still, you want exciting? His record of 33 knockouts in 37 fights speaks for itself. The problem is no ever paid to watch Golovkin lose. He doesn’t invite that degree of hostility. Some would like nothing more than to see that grin go flying off his face into the ringside seats. But turning Golovkin into Mayweather won’t be easy.

Can a lovable foreigner with killer instinct get 2 million people to pay to watch him fight?

The machinery is in place, but that still is the question.

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  1. nonprophet 10:47am, 04/06/2017

    Way to go Racist…oops, guess I meant to say “Irish” Frankie Crawford.  Your comments consistently represent the old saying:  “If you can’t bowl them over with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” 

  2. Captain MAGA 03:34pm, 04/04/2017

    “Oscar is a strange one.” I kind of thought the same thing after I saw the guy vamping for the camera with a pair of thigh-highs on.

  3. Koolz 11:01am, 04/03/2017

    Who cares about PPV.  Who gives a hoot about a wife beater who runs his mouth off.

    Oscar is a strange one.  Canelo would have no problem fighting Golovkin at anytime. 

    But Oscar has to make this incredibly complex.  This is fight is hyped to the sky!  do you think Canelo would be Beat Jacobs?  No he would not.

    Stop thinking Jacobs is less then he is. 

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:00am, 04/02/2017

    Went to my grandson’s TBall game yesterday. Pint sized five year old at the end of the bench second guessing the coach about the batting line up. Manager had to remind little Asher that he’s not the coach! Instead of piping down Asher responded that he wanted to play first base where all the action was! Budding little anarchist!

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:52am, 04/02/2017

    Let’s go Zags! Win one for Der Bingle! No…really…I mean it…. win it Godammit!

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:13am, 04/02/2017

    Abner Mares said at the time that the fight in a nutshell was that Canelo really didn’t go for it in his fight with Floyd. Why do you think that is? If he’s a balls to the wall Mexican warrior why the fuk didn’t he fight like one that night? What was going on there….did the few times Floyd stung him make him think more about finishing twelve than kicking Floyd’s ass?! That Big O on Floyd’s resume is so much horseshit but it’s what allowed him to pull a $500,000,000 scam with Pacman and it’s what allowed Canelo to retain his mantle because after all it’s no disgrace to lose to Big O Floyd….now is it?!

  7. Captain MAGA 06:03am, 04/02/2017

    IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO

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