Hopkins: GGG-Hagler Comparisons “Disrespectful”
Gennady Golovkin is tied with Bernard Hopkins for the most consecutive defenses of a middleweight championship. Hopkins, who is a partner in the company that promotes Canelo Alvarez, who faces Golovkin on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and can stop Golovkin from surpassing the “Alien” in the history books.
Even with that, the thing that truly bothers Hopkins is people comparing Golovkin to Marvin Haggler.
“Don’t never mention Marvin Hagler and Triple-G in the same breath,” Hopkins told BoxingScene.com. “It’s disrespectful to Marvin Hagler.”
Hagler ruled the middleweight division with an iron fist from September 1980 until a controversial split decision with “Sugar” Ray Leonard in 1987, which would send a disenchanted Hagler into retirement.
“That must be them millennials saying that,” Hopkins told BoxingScene.com about the comparison between Golovkin and Hagler. “Because nobody in they right mind – now there’s one thing promoting boxing and promoting the middleweight division, and you can exaggerate a little bit and have some fun. I understand this is a fun time and some conversations that you have, this is what’s called fun. When you say certain things, when you talk about Marvin Hagler and Triple-G, it’s disrespectful to Marvin Hagler.
“When you start talking about is ‘Caveman’ Triple-G and Marvin Hagler in the same voice, it’s disrespectful to Marvin Hagler. It’s not even hype. It comes a point when certain things are just disrespectful. … We’re all having fun. But I know when to not have fun. I know when to cut the fun sh*t out.”
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