Gennady Golovkin likely expected the obvious questions after the Kazakh fighter, as expected, dismantled his Canadian counterpart inside of Madison Square Garden Saturday.
Round after round, Golovkin proved David Lemieux — like the 33 fighters who came before him — was no match. Not even close.
The hope remains, however, that either of the two men competing in a November showdown are capable of, at the very least, challenging the 33-year-old Golovkin. In order for that to happen, Miguel Cotto or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez have to be willing to fight him — an idea neither man has entertained on a public platform; until now.
“If he wants to fight with me, let him come down to 155 and I’ll fight him whatever day he wants,” Alvarez said to Fight Hype.
With only one loss on his professional record — a loss that came at the hands of this generation’s greatest fighter — Alvarez stands a solid chance at taking Floyd Mayweather’s mantle as the sport’s biggest draw. The throne won’t come without its expectations, though; Alvarez will need to step up and fight boxing’s best in order to retain his position. Either that, or face what long-term criticisms that have and will continue to plague “Money’s” undefeated career.
Golovkin’s already done his part by defeating Lemieux and requesting the bout with either Cotto or Canelo. Responsibilities now rest on Alvarez’s or Cotto’s shoulders come Nov. 21.
“At this moment, my body isn’t ready for 160 pounds,” Canelo said. “Maybe one or two more years I’ll be ready for 160, I don’t know, but I’d be delighted to fight someone like Gennady. He’s a great fighter and I think it would be a great fight. I’d be delighted to get him in a fight.”