Mayweather Sr: Floyd whoops Golovkin, he’s slow!
By Chris Williams: Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. isn’t too impressed with IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) nor is he impressed with WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 21 KOs). Floyd Sr. says Golovkin is too slow, and that Mayweather Jr. would likely beat him with his style.
As for Thurman, Floyd Sr. thinks he telegraphs his punches, and he would be an easy opponent for Mayweather to beat. Floyd Sr. says Mayweather always beats fighters that telegraph their punches like Thurman. He sees Thurman as little more than a hard puncher without the skills to compete against Mayweather.
“Amir Khan is faster than Keith Thurman,” Floyd Sr. said to esnewsreporting. “I think Keith Thurman is nothing but a hard puncher. I’m just saying he telegraphs his punches. Floyd would beat anybody like that easy.”
I agree with Floyd Sr. about Thurman. He does telegraph his shots badly. Each time Thurman is getting ready to throw a right hand or a left hook, he winds up with it and makes it known what he’s going to throw. The thing is Thurman doesn’t have blazing hand speed, so it makes him vulnerable when he throws a punch. He’s gotten away with his telegraphing style of fighting because his opposition has been so weak since he turned pro. He’s been on the tune-up cycle since he turned pro, and still hasn’t faced his first real test yet. Thurman also always throws left hooks as he’s backing up. It’s so predictable that it’s not even funny. When you see Thurman retreating, as he always does after he throws a punch, he automatically throws his left hook.
A good fighter like Mayweather or Errol Spence will block that left and drop him with a right hand as he backs up in a straight line. Thurman fights like he’s scared most of the time, and that’s what I don’t like about him. He never stays in the pocket, and it’s always a pot shot and then runs away in reverse gear. If Thurman used that primitive style of fighting against Mayweather or Spence, I could see it going really badly for Thurman.
Speaking about how Mayweather would do against Golovkin, Floyd Sr. said “I think Floyd could beat him [Golovkin] with his style, but that guy is just too big and too strong.”
After being told that Golovkin fights at 160, Floyd Sr. said “Floyd would probably whoop his [expletive] too. He’s slow.”
Floyd Sr. is right. Golovkin is slow. He has no hand speed at all. He can punch, but his hand speed is so very slow. The only reason he’s been getting away with it all this time is because he’s not faced anyone good yet. Once Golovkin fights someone like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Miguel Cotto, they’re going to take advantage of his lack of hand speed and give him a likely whipping that he won’t soon forget. Golovkin needs to find himself some hand speed before he faces some of the better middleweights in the division, because he’s going to be in trouble when he gets inside the ring with Canelo and Cotto. Golovkin should forget all about trying to fight Mayweather because he doesn’t have the talent to compete with him in my view.
Thurman and Golovkin are both so slow. They should fight each other rather than trying to get Mayweather. I’d like to see which one of these guys lands first, but I have a feeling that Golovkin would be chasing Thurman around the ring all night long. They’d booed of of the ring by the angry boxing fans.
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