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Naughty Korner: Kazakh warrior can battle Mayweather

MAYWEATHER’S MEASURE: There is speculation that Kazakh champ Gennady Golovkin could fight Floyd Mayweather.
MAYWEATHER’S MEASURE: There is speculation that Kazakh champ Gennady Golovkin could fight Floyd Mayweather. Martin Meissner

FOR what was meant to be a celebration of boxing, there doesn't seem to have been too much to cheer about following Sunday's Mayweather v Pacquiao fight.

Perhaps it's what we should come to expect from a sport that seems to have been so dominated by money and egos, but still, I think a lot of people came away feeling like they didn't see a real fight.

It's hard to argue with that point of view when you look at Mayweather's smug mug and struggle to see anything resembling a graze.

How could one take on Pacquiao and not come away with a mark? Was Pacquiao's shoulder really buggered?

Well, regardless of whether or not you approve of his style, it seems Mayweather is good at what he does - a bit like Ali's rope-a-dope without copping the punishment.

The man has superior reflexes which, I'm told, is why Pacquiao couldn't just go at him with all guns blazing.

The result of this is that a good percentage of boxing fans are still dying to see Mayweather get beaten, and in this insatiable lust for vengeance, the radar has now turned on Gennady Golovkin.

The fearsome Kazakh is in his prime, having knocked out 29 poor beggars on his way to a perfect 32-0 record.

Although Golovkin is a 72kg middleweight and Mayweather a 66kg welterweight, I'm told it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for Mayweather to hit the fried chicken and gain 3kg; and Golovkin to hit the sauna and shed 3kg, allowing the two to meet in the middle.

The big question now is, would Mayweather be up for a real challenge? The experts are saying no, that Mayweather wouldn't dare risk being properly smashed as a last hurrah.

I've also been told that even if the fight did happen it might be another disappointment, as Mayweather could successfully employ the same tactics.

I'm not sure, but I'd love to find out.

Mayweather might not be able to resist the temptation to take on Golovkin if it means he can make a genuine claim to having dominated his sport for the last 15 years or so.

But if this fight is to go ahead, it has to be done on the right terms.

That means no more of this Pay-Per-View rubbish. Boxing needs to open itself up to those who can't afford pay TV.

The fight also needs to happen in a neutral country, like France.

I would suggest the south-western city of Bordeaux - to ensure the result isn't clouded in conspiracy theories.

Perhaps even Channel Nine could get Rabs and Ken Sutcliffe involved?

They could promote it as, "The Last Throw in Bordeaux".

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