Sanchez would reject Golovkin vs. McGregor
By Allan Fox: Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will never fight UFC star Conor McGregor if trainer Abel Sanchez has any say so in such a fight. There’s no interest on Golovkin’s part in facing the 29-year-old McGregor, as he’s not in favor of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. McGregor fight.
Golovkin sees that fight as a “business fight” and not a true fight. He sees it more as a circus fight.
“I would hope that would never happen,” said Abel Sanchez about a fight between Golovkin and Conor McGregor. “That’s a fight that I would definitely turn down. I would be very against that ever happening. With him, it’s not about easy money,” said Sanchez about Triple G. “Look, there are a lot of other fighters out there that are more deserving, that have worked their way up to that point that should earn the money that Golovkin would bring. I think it’s unfair to those guys that have struggled in their career to get to that point to get an opportunity. It’s unfair to anybody to do that to,” said Sanchez.
Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) has a serious fight scheduled for September 16 against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight is a serious one in the sense that it’s two evenly matched fighters with a huge amount of boxing experience. In contrast, McGregor is making his pro debut in boxing against Mayweather on August 26. McGregor was somehow given a license to fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and they’ve blessed the Mayweather fight despite the fight being a terrible mismatch on paper.
Mayweather says he selected the highly popular McGregor because the fans have asked him to fight him. More likely though, it has to do with the huge pay-per-view numbers McGregor has brought in for his last 5 fights in the UFC. There is nobody in boxing right now who is consistently coming in close to piling up the PPV numbers McGregor is bringing in. Mayweather and McGregor are fighting on August 26 on Showtime PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here are McGregor’s PPV numbers in his last 5 fights:
Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez – 1,300,000 buys
McGregor vs. Jose Aldo – 1,200,000 buys
McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2 – 1,650,000 buys
McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 1 – 1,500,000 buys
McGregor vs. Chad Mendes – 825,000 buys
You have to ask the question of whether Mayweather would have wasted his time signing up to fight McGregor if he wasn’t a huge PPV draw. I think it’s obvious that Mayweather is hitching a ride on the McGregor express due to how popular he is right now. If McGregor were just one of the UFC’s run of the mill unpopular fighters. it’s extremely doubtful that Mayweather would have wasted time fighting him.