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Golovkin dismisses Mayweather vs McGregor as ‘circus show’

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.,gestures after defeating Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Undefeated middleweight world champion, Gennady Golovkin, has dismissed the high-profile crossover bout between American boxer Floyd Mayweather and Irish mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor, as a “circus show”.

Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with a 49-0 record, is coming back to face McGregor on Aug. 26, three weeks before Golovkin’s middleweight showdown with Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the same Las Vegas venue.

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin believes the 12-round boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor, a double UFC champion who has never boxed professionally, is nothing more than a business arrangement for both men to rake in millions of dollars.

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“This is not for fighters, but business,” Golvokin, who has won all 37 of his fights, told reporters of the non-title contest that is expected to draw a huge pay-per-view audience.

“I think people understand what is a true fight, a boxing fight, like mine with Canelo or a big show, maybe sometimes for people a funny show, like a circus show.

“Everybody knows. Conor is not a boxer, just a show. If you want to watch a show please watch them, if you want to watch a true fight, a true boxing fight and you respect boxing, watch my fight with Canelo.”

The 35-year-old Golovkin has made 18 consecutive world middleweight title defenses, while his 26-year-old opponent has won world titles in two division during a 51-fight career. Alvarez’s sole defeat came against Mayweather in 2013.

Last month, Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya also termed the Mayweather-McGregor contest a “farce” that should not be allowed to happen.


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