Marvellous Marvin Hagler is the Middleweight benchmark that every dominant fighter thereafter would be measured against, casting the widest, darkest of shadows which no one since has been able to step away from.
The man who legally changed his name to Marvellous ruled the Middleweight division in the 1980’s during which time he held three versions of the title in a seven-year run, fighting off challengers like Leonidas did in the film 300 he eventually made believers out of even the most hardened of critics.
This is the path we now see Golovkin walking, inevitably one which will lead him to the boxing hall of fame in his own right as boxing forums / social media are ablaze of fantasy matchup’s between the two, debating who would win based on both fighters in their respective primes.
It has to be said that there are a lot of similarities between the two men both cut from the same rugged cloth, Hagler’s successor yearns to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor but is at a point in his career like Hagler in the early 1980’s where he still has his detractors, many of whom are dismissive of the comparisons between the two men, the argument being that he just doesn’t have the resume to match.
Maybe its a little unfair of us in making the comparison, the fact remains that Hagler fought his way through a tougher, meaner bunch of guys on his way to winning over the hordes whereas Golovkin has slim pickings, he just doesn’t have that level of opposition to choose from.
Also lending its hand to this is the fact that It’s simply a different time with a different thought process, less about glory/legacies and more about the riches that can be made with a lesser venomous form of opposition.
To point the finger of blame we have to only look in the direction of TV Networks, Promoters and Sanctioning Bodies but ultimately unlike in Hagler’s era, we are now more accepting that this is the norm in the current boxing scene.
So the question remains how does Triple G create his own legacy within the middleweight landscape, whereupon his retirement people will genuinely be able to compare the two?
Well, a win tonight (Saturday) will go a long way to achieving this, with the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles at stake, Gennady Golovkin will go into the lion’s den (NY) to face one of its favourite sons in Daniel Jacobs, with the carrot of a future fight with Canelo dangling attractively in the distance.
Gennady when asked this week for his opinion on the potential fight, his answer was temporarily dismissive, knowing he had one of the divisions best to get past before any such talk could be ignited.
So instead we will do so, up to the point we are today, the sticking point in any potential negotiation has been Oscar De La Hoya who has been reticent to allow his star attraction to entertain thoughts of a super fight and still though talk intensifies there is no guarantee that even if GGG gets past Jacobs and Canelo subsequently beats his compatriot Julio Cesar Chavez Jr that the fight will come to fruition, I suppose we can all just live in hope.
On a much more brighter note, De La Hoya would be a lot less hesitant now after witnessing Golovkin’s latest and less than scintillating performance over Kell Brook with thoughts that maybe, just maybe the old adage of father time catching up to a fighter may be in play.
Golovkin admitted in a recent press conference that it was hard to motivate himself for that bout before rating the performance a three or a four on a scale of one to 10.
“Kell Brook was not an easy fight for me,” Golovkin told Yahoo Sports. “It wasn’t interesting to me. Last year, I spent too much time talking with Canelo, with [Billy Joe] Saunders, with [Peter] Quillin, with [Chris] Eubank, with [Carl] Froch. It was too much. And [the Brook fight] wasn’t interesting. This year, I’m more serious.”
Golovkins dominance allows us to draw comparisons as did Bernard Hopkins before him, a win over Jacobs followed with the scalp of Canelo will certainly be a step or two in the right direction of moving away from the shadow that Hagler has cast although even then when the gloves are hung up on their peg it just may not be enough.