There is a big temptation to look at the pay-per-view numbers of World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's recent stoppage of challenger David Lemieux and conclude that he is now a superstar fighter in the same category as Manny Pacquiao or Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
With 150,000 pay-per-view sales from his recent fight with David Lemieux, and the still to be finalized numbers from the sold-out venue Madison Square Garden, there are strong indications that Golovkin is slowly climbing his way up the echelon to become a household name in America.
It has even been reported in the media that Golovkin has signed to be in some new commercials for the Apple Watch.
There is one thing still missing, however, to put him in the same category as the big name fighters in the pugilist sport.
He needs a big name opponent.
There are talks at the moment that the winner of the Miguel Cotto vs. Alvarez WBC middleweight tiel bout will be the next opponent for Golovkin.
That would be a great fight for "GGG", but at this stage there are no guarantees that either Canelo or Cotto will want to fight Golovkin if the contest is fought at the middleweight divisional limit of 160 pounds.
The most recent comments reported in the media from the Canelo camp is that a 155 pound catch-weight is necessary to make any fight with Golovkin happen.
Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, has even warned Cotto and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the media that Golovkin will not chase them in pursuit of a fight and if they won't face him at 160 pounds, Team Golovkin will pursue other options.
This kind of talk does not bode well, however, for Golovkin, who is looking for that big name fight to push him over the edge into the boxing superstar category.
Think about it, Golovkin who is 33 years old, is the kind of exciting, all-action warrior boxing is desperate for. In this allegedly post-Floyd Mayweather Jr. era, the sport needs a new leader.
A mega-fight for Gennady Golovkin needs to happen.