Last Saturday, WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) absolutely crushed middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) via third-round knockout. Although not favored to win, many boxing insiders believed that the tough, hard-hitting Macklin would offer Golovkin a legitimate challenge in the ring.
They were wrong.
Instead, Golovkin battered Macklin across the ring for three rounds before putting him away with a devastating left hook to the body. Once hit, Macklin's face contorted in pain as he went flying to the canvas. He remained there for several minutes after the fight was over.
In March of last year, Macklin made waves in the boxing world by giving WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO's) all he could handle before losing in the 11th due to a referee's technical decision.
Golovkin's destruction of Macklin made a huge statement and proved to many that he is currently the best middleweight in the world.
But where does he stand in the pound-for-pound rankings?
There is no doubt that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KOs) is every boxing expert's consensus pick as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, but Gennady Golovkin might make the conversation more interesting if he is able to beat big names as convincingly as he beat Macklin.
Golovkin is one of the most polished fighters in all of boxing. He has an impeccable amateur record of 345-5. He has honed his craft and it shows. He has fast hands with incredible knockout power.
Golovkin's main weakness is that he lacks head movement and has shown that he can be hit. But he has never been hurt.
During his time as an amateur and a professional, Golovkin has never been knocked down.
It is way too early to move Golovkin ahead of fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Ward in the pound-for-pound rankings, but with his win against Macklin, he has cracked the top 10 in my book.
If Golovkin can beat a fighter like Sergio Martinez in his next three fights, he will vault himself into the top three. Although, after his performance against Macklin, Golovkin is going to have a hard time getting any of the top middleweights to fight him.
The middleweight division should fear Golovkin, and for good reason.