Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO) is the uncrowned lineal middleweight (160) champion of the world. Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO) may hold the official title of lineal middleweight champion of the world, but he would not hold it any longer if he stepped in the ring with “GGG“. Cotto is too small for Golovkin, and would not be able to stand up to 12 rounds of constant pressure from one of the hardest punchers in the world.
Some say it is unfair to ask Cotto to fight Golovkin. I say that if Cotto really wants to be considered the true champion at middleweight, he should fight the best middleweight in the world. Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO), who was undeniably a great fighter in his prime, was a shell of a shell of his former self by the time he took on Cotto.
Martinez was 39 years old and coming off of multiple knee surgeries when he fought Cotto. For a fighter who relied on his movement and footwork so much throughout his career, knee surgeries are especially devastating. Sergio began to show signs of decline in 2011, and only fought once since his 2012 clash with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO). In the Chavez fight, Martinez sustained injuries that sidelined him for about a year and a half. When he returned to the squared circle against Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KO), it was clear Martinez was not what he once was. Martinez was dropped twice by Murray, and although one of the knockdowns was not counted, many observers felt Murray had done enough to win the fight. Martinez was awarded a decision on his home soil in Argentina against the Englishman, but again sustained serious injuries. He was on the shelf for another year and a half before fighting Cotto, who was able to stop a severely declined Martinez after 9 rounds.
Cotto is now the first four-weight champion in Puerto Rican history, having previously won titles at light welterweight (140), welterweight (147), and junior middleweight (154). While Cotto has no dout had an impressive career, I personally do not consider him the middleweight champion, and I feel he would lose to any of the top fighters in the division. Some say he is too small, but my response to that is “why does he have a middleweight belt then?” If a fighter claims to be the lineal champion of a division, they should fight the best. Sergio Martinez was certainly not the best middleweight in the world when Coto fought him.
Martinez chose to go for the money in facing Cotto instead of GGG. Cotto is one of the biggest pay per view draws in the world, while Golovkin is just starting to build a name for himself. The end result would have been worse for Sergio had he fought Golovkin instead of Cotto. At least Martinez got paid “Cotto Money” to take the beating he took. “GGG” is not quite “$$$” at this point, but has the potential to become a real star.
Cotto thus far seems unwilling to face Golovkin. He seems to prefer a fight with the smaller Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO) at junior middleweight instead. If he chooses to face Alvarez, he should vacate his middleweight title. Canelo is one of the biggest names in the sport and would bring more money to the table than GGG could. As far as business decisions go, this would be a wise choice. If Cotto wants to enhance his legacy, a win over Golovkin would do a lot more for it than a win over Alvarez.
Gennady Golovkin would have stopped the version of Martinez that Cotto fought in a few rounds. Golovkin would the 2014 version of Cotto in a few rounds. He has taken on the best in his division, and has the IBO and WBA middleweight belts to show for it. Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KO), the WBO belt holder, has been keeping GGG’s belt warm for him for the last few years. Quillin has been shamelessly avoiding a bout with Gennady for years now, claiming that Golovkin is not a big enough draw. Ironically, Golovkin has been headlining his own cards on HBO while Quillin has been on Showtime undercards. “Triple G” is arguably the most feared man in boxing at this point.
Golovkin, a native of Kazakhstan, is a baby-faced assassin whose broken English makes him all the more menacing. After literally beating Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KO) to a bloody pulp, Golovkin referred to his opponent as a “good boy”. What he actually meant by this phrase, we may never know. That has not stopped boxing fans to referring to Golovkin knocking an opponent out to them getting “good boy’d“.
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