In a recent interview, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said that Gennady Golovkin should move up to 168 lb, to the super middleweight division, if he wants to get the big payday fights.
This comment from Arum comes as a response to being asked if “GGG” would ever fight Miguel Cotto or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
According to Arum, neither Cotto nor Alvarez will give Golovkin the time of day because he is not a pay-per-view draw and there is not enough monetary incentive to fight him.
Golovkin who currently fights in the middleweight division at 160 lb has been frustrated at the lack of marketable opponents that are willing to face him in the ring.
A move to 168 lb would give him potential opponents such as Carl Froch, Andre Ward, James DeGale and George Groves.
Assuming one of these boxers would be willing to face the fighter born in Kazakhstan, there is no guarantee that "GGG" will be dominant if he moves up in weight.
Arum also believes that HBO has been babying Golovkin by not forcing him to face better fighters. Instead they are allowing him to face inferior opponents in order to hype him up, Arum believes.
Arum, who is considered an important promoter in the U.S. professional boxing circuit, is potentially just selling a move up in weight for Golovkin so that he could set up a fight with his fighter, Gilberto Ramirez.
On the other hand, if Golovkin decides to stay at 160 lb, he could be waiting until 2016 before getting a shot at either Alvarez or Cotto.
At the end of the day, it’s some advice to consider for “GGG”, who is continually waiting for a big name fighter to give him his big break into the pay-per-view arena.