GGG Possibly Lining Up for a Title Defense in Texas
By Raj Parmar: Undefeated middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin made an appearance last night at the NFL Sunday Night in America matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Golovkin was personally invited by the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who even went as far as to create a Dallas Cowboys jersey with the “GGG’ written on the back on it. A photo of Golovkin posing with the jersey alongside Jones can be seen on Golovkin’s twitter page here.
Mr. Jones has long showed an interest in staging big boxing matchups in his state of the art stadium that can hold up to 80,000 fans. Welterweight superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao fought at the stadium in Texas a couple of times during his prime years and the venue was discussed as a possible destination for the highly anticipated Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez title fight on November 21 before losing the bid to the Las Vegas based Mandalay Bay hotel.
Although “GGG” had a poor showing in terms of number of buys purchased on his pay per view debut last month against David Lemieux in what was a title unification fight , the hard hitting champion displayed a very impressive performance in dismantling the rugged Lemieux. In addition, he was able to fill the Madison Square Garden in New York to capacity and has become a big fan favorite amongst boxing fans due to his all-action style.
After the retirement of pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather and the steady decline of Pacquiao’s in-ring skills, the sport of boxing is entering a new phase with Cotto, Canelo and Golovkin taking up most of the spotlight as they each try to become the middleweight ruler. Golovkin has made it no secret that he wants the Cotto-Canelo winner next to further unify the division.
Golovkin’s team has in the past stated they favour Canelo to win the fight over Cotto as they doubt the aging Cotto would entertain a clash with “GGG” and feel Canelo would be up to the challenge. Texas has a large Mexican fan base and therefore a potential Canelo-GGG clash at the Cowboys Stadium would definitely be a financial blockbuster for all parties involved. Mr. Jones definitely has a keen eye for boxing and is aware of this, and last night’s meeting might have been the first step for Golovkin to entertain the idea of defending his titles in Texas.
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