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Mayweather wants Golovkin to prove he's as good as people are saying.

Floyd Mayweather urges Gennady Golovkin to move up a weight level

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Floyd Mayweather has spoken of his desire to see Gennady Golovkin step up out of the middleweight division to prove how good he truly is.

Golovkin has made 16 successful defences of his WBA world title, with 33 knock-outs to his name, in his current category, weighing-in at 160lbs, as well as defending his IBF strap twice following his defeat of Kell Brook.

Mayweather thinks Golovkin looks good beating stationary opponents, but has now challenged him to move up a weight division.

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The retired boxer thinks a move up in weight divisions would improve Golovkin's current standing and legacy, stating to reporters in Las Vegas: "What we want to see is this: we've seen Sugar Ray Leonard go up in weight, Roberto Duran go up in weight, we've had so many legendary fighters go up in weight but my nephew's favourite fighter, Triple G, has yet to go up in weight.

"I see my nephew after the Kell Brook fight and he said [Golovkin] 'wasn't what I thought he was, he cool'. I told you he's got punching power for a stationary target.

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"Then he said 'unc, you would have stopped him, you would've destroyed him'. I said 'nephew you ain't telling me nothing new'. He was just a fan of Triple G fighting those stationary targets."

Mayweather is reportedly keen on Golovkin to move up to super-middleweight in order to fight Badou Jack, 32, a boxer who he promotes.

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Despite this, Golovkin is set to make his 17th defence of his middleweight WBA title against Daniel Jacobs, 29.

However, Triple G's long-awaited bout with Saul Alvarez could possibly take place in 2017.

Mayweather, himself, won belts at super-featherweight, lightweight, super-lightweight, welterweight, and super-welterweight, and he seemingly wants to see if Golovkin can impress in different weight divisions as well.

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