Never a man without an opinion, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was a guest on On The Ropes Boxing Radio over the weekend when he discussed how Mayweather Jr. would perform at his advanced age and why Gennady Golovkin should be looking towards a fight with Andre Ward.
When first asked about how he thinks his son would be able fare in the sport of boxing at age 40, Mayweather Sr. thinks you'd be surprised at how well. He maintains that if Mayweather Jr. were to come back for a 50th fight that he would make sure his son prepared to win. Not only that, he also says that he knows some tricks to beat young fighters who think they will take over Mayweather's mantle.
Senior also says that his son still has what it takes to beat some of the bigger guys out there, but he doesn't believe Gennady Golovkin should have to be one of them. The fact is, there are still fans out there who would like to see Mayweather Jr. "dare to be great" by moving up to middleweight Gennady Golovkin if he were to come back to fight again, but Mayweather Sr. thinks Golovkin should move up to challenge Andre Ward.
"That's all [Golovkin] does is fight smaller people, that's all he's doing. Believe me, Ward will spank his ass! Believe me. It wont even be a fight. No contest."
Continuing on, after being asked if he thinks his son wouldn't even consider fighting Golovkin, Mayweather Sr. responds:
"Yeah, I believe that, because anybody just like the guys you're talking about right now, Kell Brook was probably beating him and stuff but, at the end of the day, even with Floyd, the guy is too big, he can take your punch, you can't take his punch. He can take your punch, but you really cant take his punch and he can take what you give him but you ain't gonna be able to take what he gives, and plus he can smother you too. I'm just telling you that it's not a good break for my son.
You know, I don't doubt my son on nothing he can do. Kell Brook did it, you see what happened though, he got hit and his eyes closed and he couldn't see nothing. I'm just telling you that those kind of things can happen. They can happen and they will happen, so I wouldn't even suggest that. Let him go fight somebody his own size."
I won't go so far as to say that "all Golovkin does is fight smaller men" because, well, that's really not the case, but I've always maintained that Mayweather Jr. shouldn't be expected to move up to face Golovkin nor be criticized for not choosing to do so. There's an obvious size disparity there and you could just as easily criticize Golovkin for not making that same kind of leap.
But fans want what they want so there will always be expectations and demands on that end. Just don't expect to get what you want all the time...or even most of the time. This is boxing, after all.