Golovkin keen on Cotto or Lee at 160, calls Mayweather ‘dream fight’

‘GGG’ is currently preparing to defend his WBA and IBO belts against Willie Monroe Jr in California on May 16, and after witnessing Mayweather put on a superb display to defeat Pacquiao, is keen to face the world’s premier fighter in the future.

“Everybody wanted the fight for the last five years, but I think Floyd’s too smart. This is Floyd’s style; he doesn’t take too many shots. Floyd’s too smart, he’s a great boxer and he’s number one in the world,” said Golovkin.

“Pacquiao, I think he loses control of the fight. He could not do anything against Floyd. Pacquiao is very good, but it was a very smart fight for Floyd.

“Of course, it (Floyd) is my dream fight. Obviously, Floyd, he is a great champion, and a little bit different style. Floyd, he’s a smart guy. He does a lot of moving. For my style, a little bit different, I like drama show, I like real fight, like close fight. I want show, big show; big drama show!”

Asked whether a fight with Mayweather could happen as early as September, 33 year-old Golovkin was a little more cautious as he aims to unify the 160lb division and still has two belts to claim in order to complete his goal.

“Right now, my focus is on 160. My goal is to hold all the belts. I hope for a big fight with Miguel (Cotto) because he has the WBC title, I have the WBC interim belt, and of course I want a unification fight with Andy Lee (WBO champion). I think he’s ready and, of course, my dream fight (eventually) is against Floyd,” he added.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe is a 12-round middleweight world championship bout presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and the Forum. The fight will take place Saturday, May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. PT and the first bout starts at 4:45 p.m. PT., the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for May 16 – Golovkin vs. Monroe are priced at $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, plus applicable fees and service charges, and are on sale now and available for purchase at the Forum Box Office (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com.