MANILA, Philippines – Rising boxing star Gennady Golovkin said Ruslan Provodnikov will have no chance of beating a more polished fighter like Manny Pacquiao.
Provodnikov is tabbed as one of the two candidates for Pacquiao’s next bout in April, but Golovkin said the Filipino superstar will make mincemeat out of the “Siberian Rocky.”
“Ruslan, I respect him,” Golovkin, the WBA and IBO middleweight king, said of his fellow Russian in Hustle Boss.
“[But] I think he's nothing for Manny. He has no chance against Manny. [Manny's] a boxer, you know.”
Provodnikov, along with Timothy Bradley, are the two boxers being strongly considered for Pacquiao.
But since Bradley is faced with an option for a rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez, a bout against the Russian slugger is shaping up to be a good option for Pacquiao.
Provodnikov initially turned down a fight against Pacquiao as both of them are being trained by Freddie Roach.
He, however, changed his mind after realizing what a Pacquiao fight will mean to his career.
“The chances are good that we will meet Pacquiao on April 12,” said Provodnikov in Boxing Scene. “As you know, I originally did not want to fight with (Pacquiao), because we both trained under the guidance of Freddie Roach.”
“Then, while I was on vacation at a resort, I carefully thought about the situation, and I decided that if fate is giving me the opportunity, then I need to use it,” he added.
“To refuse a fight with such a great boxer is stupid. I’ve always wanted to fight with the best, and Pacquiao is at the top of the ceiling.”
To do that, Provodnikov, the reigning WBO junior welterweight champion, will have to return to the welterweight division to face Pacquiao.
But Golovkin believes Provodnikov is a better fighter as a junior welterweight. “He's stronger at 140.”