A growing number of observers are wondering if the huge pay-per-view event on October 17 is starting to weigh on Gennady Golovkin. The key question is brimming: Is Gennady Golovkin scared of the moment?
At first, many comments were floating around the YTBC, Facebook, boxing websites, etc., about some trepidation on Golovkin’s part. This began after the NYC presser where Golovkin mentioned that he knows how big the moment is and what it means for his career and for boxing.
He mentions this at the 21:45 mark of the video below:
Then go to 23:12. Golovkin states that he is “a little bit scared”. He smiled when he said it, but you’ll hear some folks grumbling in the background at his comment. Now STOP. REWIND THE VIDEO to the same point and watch David Lemieux’s reaction when Golovkin says he’s scared. If you thought Lemieux wasn’t listening up to that point, you definitely can see that he was by his visible reaction. Lemieux was certainly confident prior to the press conference. I can guarantee you he was 20 times as confident once it ended. He now believe Golovkin fears him.
In a separate interview, Golovkin was asked about his comment on the fight being scary for him. Golovkin replied by saying he was only “a little scared” because he (Golovkin) is just “a regular guy”. See below:
Golovkin didn’t deny that he was scared, but I think fans believe that he’s timid about Lemieux and his power. Here’s an YTBC boxing correspondent that believes Golovkin is not only scared of the moment, but he’s scared on David Lemieux. TravisGotti raises some good points in his video, especially about Golovkin during the faceoff with Max Kellerman. BTW- The HBO faceoff can be seen this Saturday at 11:20pm. See TravisGotti video below:
Key factors to support GGG being scared of Lemieux or ‘The Moment’:
- Gennady Golovkin has been waiting 6 years for a middleweight unification.
- This is his first PPV and he knows he must be impressive.
- Lemieux represents his best (prime) opponent to date.
- Lemieux can punch!
- Pressure fighters usually don’t like to be pressured, but that’s the only way Lemieux fights.
COULD THESE FACTORS LEAD TO GOLOVKIN BEING SCARED TO FACE HIS “MOMENT”?
I disagree to an extent with TravisGotti. ‘The Moment’ has Golovkin a little bit shaky. I don’t believe he’s scared of Lemieux. However, if you are scared of the moment itself and you can’t convert nerves into positive energy, then Lemieux becomes that much more of a threat. In other words, if the event itself overwhelms you, then eventually Lemieux will do the same. Eventually the media will become a monster. Eventually things will become a blur, and <POOF>; the moment is gone.
I believe in the end Gennady will convert his nerves into energy. That’s all nerves are- just merely energy. The key is to convert them into positive energy that will work in your favor. Golovkin just seems like a regular guy. He’s not comfortable being the focus at press conferences and major interviews. He’s a fighter. That’s what he wants to do. Everything else is immaterial.