Boxing: Golovkin dismisses Mayweather v McGregor as 'circus show'
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[June 20, 2017]
(Reuters) - Undefeated
middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin has dismissed the
high-profile crossover bout between American boxer Floyd Mayweather
and Irish mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor as a "circus
Mayweather, a former multi-weight world champion who retired in 2015
with a 49-0 record, is coming back to face McGregor on Aug. 26,
three weeks before Golovkin's middleweight showdown with Mexican
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at the same Las Vegas venue.
Kazakhstan's Golovkin believes the 12-round boxing match between
Mayweather and McGregor, a double UFC champion who has never boxed
professionally, is nothing more than a business arrangement for both
men to rake in millions of dollars.
"This is not for fighters, but business," Golvokin, who has won all
37 of his fights, told reporters of the non-title contest that is
expected to draw a huge pay-per-view audience.
"I think people understand what is a true fight, a boxing fight,
like mine with Canelo or a big show, maybe sometimes for people a
funny show, like a circus show.
"Everybody knows. Conor is not a boxer, just a show. If you want to
watch a show please watch them, if you want to watch a true fight, a
true boxing fight and you respect boxing, watch my fight with
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Gennady Golovkin during the press conference Action Images via
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The 35-year-old Golovkin has made 18 consecutive world middleweight
title defenses, while his 26-year-old opponent has won world titles
in two division during a 51-fight career. Alvarez's sole defeat came
against Mayweather in 2013.
Last month, Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya also termed the
Mayweather-McGregor contest a "farce" that should not be allowed to
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien)
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