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Golovkin tells reporters, ‘I’m not God’ before Jacobs bout

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10
Jan

Gennady Golovkin has established a rabid fanbase who consume his knockouts and hang on his every “good boy” utterance.

Golovkin may have added to his catalogue of sayings when he told a group of reporters on Tuesday that “I’m not God.” His opponents may differ but Golovkin was responding to a question about his prediction for his March 18 bout against Danny Jacobs at Madison Square Garden on HBO PPV ($54.95). He may have stopped 23 straight opponents but he’s not clairvoyant. Golovkin will defend his IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight titles against Jacobs, who is his mandatory.

“I’m not God,” he said as the room broke into laughter. “I’m not a boxer. Please, you tell me. This is boxing.” Golovkin, who is from Kazakstan, radiates charm and friendliness. He still seems to struggle in his command of English but he has managed to construct a number of phrases that have struck a nerve with fans, such as calling Gabriel Rosado a “good boy” after he pulverized him in 2013.

  • Leon T.

    It’s strange that his English hasn’t improved after all these years. Even Kovalev speaks better English by now.

    • Gary Schneider

      Leon T. Who cares.

    • Robert Archambault

      His English is still 100X better than Canelo’s, and Alvarez has been fighting in the US for his entire career and living next door. What’s his excuse?

      • Charlie U.

        We’re not talking about Canelo. This article is about GGG.

        • Keano

          Don’t need to prompt him to speak about GGG normally lol.

        • Keano

          Don’t need to prompt him to speak about GGG normally lol.

        • Mauro Hermida

          I think Canelo actually speaks much better than GGG. He just is embarrassed about it. Didn’t Doug already mention this?

      • Barley mcgrew

        Although even us English south of the border struggle to understand Scots (although at least we try. Lol).

    • Stephen M

      Could be one of two things: no talent for languages or no interest.

      • Robert Archambault

        He speaks FOUR languages. How many people posting here can say that? From their posts, many here cannot even speak one properly.

        • Stephen M

          Color me skeptical on the four languages. This Daily Mail online article has GGG beating up grown men when he was 7…http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-2960629/Gennady-Golovkin-baby-faced-speaks-four-languages-does-school-run-s-scary-Mike-Tyson.html

          • English IS his fourth language and learning a language at his age is insanely difficult. Learning it on top of three others? No thanks.

          • Stephen M

            Well, I think my Spanish is better than his English and I’ve spent about 15 minutes learning it, and I would never count it as a language I speak…

          • Mauro Hermida

            Well, in his neck of the woods, as with many parts of Europe, you have to know more than one language, but being fluent is another thing.

          • Randall Bannister

            That’s your problem though Steve, you read the daily mail…….:)

          • Stephen M

            Ha, ha. Blame it on insomnia. I didn’t sleep a wink last night so had time to waste. The Mail’s main quality seems to be that it can be held up as an example of bad journalism.

          • Randall Bannister

            I’ll let it go on this occasion. Any other time though, and I’ll have to report you. I agree with the bad journalism point though, it’s like our version of Fox news

          • Mauro Hermida

            Yeah, that is nonsense. I would have grabbed a 7 year old GGG and put his head in his anus.

        • Abraham E. Hernández

          I speak english, german, french and Spanish is my muttersprache 😉

          It’s not uncommon in Europe btw.

          • Robert Archambault

            Not uncommon here in Quebec either. Most everyone is at least able to speak English and French and many from other ethnic backgrounds also speak their native tongue as well.

        • Charlie U.

          Hey Robert- Don’t you mean that he speaks all 6500 languages of the world and his ancestors carved the Rosetta Stone? Not like you to get your facts wrong.

          • Larry Connor

            Ha ha ha ha ha ha ga

          • Ciscostudent561

            ROFLZ

        • One of them had better be English. Or he will be deported. MAGA!

        • Barley mcgrew

          Absolutely. Who the hell cares if Gennady Golovkin speaks English or not ? It’s utterly irrelevant. This nonsense is an American thing – a frequent demand made down the years on countless foreign champions.

          You never really here such demands over here – and it’s our bloody language after all. It’s similar to how nefarious US TV shows use dumbass subtitles on any occasion any foreigner who speaks English with a ‘strange’ accent – including ENGLISHMEN with a regional dialect – leave the poor things having to actually pay that tad more attention to understand what’s being said.

          Such narrow-minded ignorance has always been a bugbear of mine. And it says far more about those in the US media making such demands than it ever does about the oft-far better educated foreign sports stars they make such demands of.

          Just get a damn translator in the ring/at press conferences as the UFC habitually does – and marvel to the sound of GGG’s fists pounding out their own special language. That’s the only language fans really care about.

          * No criticism of the author of the above article – nothing wrong there. More a reply to the subject brought up by fans on this thread – ‘Go learn English’ being a maddening demand made on countless foreign champions down the decades.
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          • Reggie Woodard

            Even regional dialects are frowned upon in the States. It’s a weird thing here…

            I guess many of us don’t understand how fluid and interchangeable English can be when spoken. Writing, now that might be different, with all of the parts(tenses and so forth). English can look downright disheveled when not properly structured on paper.

            English as a subject is quite challenging to most folks in the US. For whatever reason, it doesnt stop them from sitting atop the high horse when it comes to second or third language English speakers.

            Just an odd thing man.. LOL

          • Barley mcgrew

            An odd thing indeed (although we DO have some really difficult to fully understand regional accents over here – not least Glaswegian and Geordie (Newcastle). Kudos.

          • Robert Archambault

            It’s almost as bad as it is here in Quebec where if a Montreal Canadiens coach or player refuses to learn French or is shy to try and speak it in public in interviews, he ends up being demonized by fans and the French media. Actually if a coach is not French to begin with, chances are slim and none that he will even be hired in the first place, even if the guy happens to be the best coach in the fucking sport.

          • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

            Monsieur! Vive le Québec libre! Vive!

          • Robert Archambault

            ‘Le Québec libre’ can kiss my ass to be 100% honest. 🙂

          • Barley mcgrew

            Lol. Same with the French over here – who for many years found English popular music rationed on a quota system on French public radio. The majority of French youth were not happy with such high-handed censorship.

            They are the only nation in the EU to take a firm stand and hold out against English creeping into everyday life as a second language and first language in business and politics – although in France’s case I do kind of understand.

            But not being even hired as a coach despite being among the best in the business is discrimination gone mad. We have plenty of foreign coaches over here – not all from the EU. And everybody is perfectly happy to let them muddle along and pick up a sufficient degree of English to fully communicate as and when – a translator and stumbling attempts at interviews sufficing till then (often with comical results – but no one really cares. A good coach like a good fighter will work wonders whether he can converse fully or not). Kudos Robert.
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          • Charlie U.

            But you’re the same guy who has killed Canelo for not speaking English??

          • Ciscostudent561

            rofl tell em how u really feel

          • Barley mcgrew

            I felt it was only right to hold back. Lol.

          • Mauro Hermida

            I sure as hell didn’t care that Martinez spoke only Spanish, same with guys like Tito. I wish Manny would scrap English too. Its grating waiting for him to spit the thought out.

          • Barley mcgrew

            Lol (funnily, we often hear less of these guys true personalities due to them attempting to stumble through a language they may be far from fluent in – as you intimate with that ‘waiting to spit it out’ comment).

            Just get a top-notch translator in their – then watch their fists do the talking. Kudos mate. (Long time no hear from).
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        • Reggie Woodard

          He’s from a country that speaks two languages by default. That’s par for the course with the former Soviet satellite nations. Latvians, Ukranians, Belarussians, etc all speak 2/3, even four languages.

          That said, his struggles with English(and I’m sure he’ll continue to improve with time) adds to his likeability.

      • Ерлан Табылдиев

        It might be also a psychological factor as I wrote above.

        • Stephen M

          Well it could be, but he doesn’t seem bashful or anything like that. Anyway, I don’t really require that boxers speak a language that I understand. I really like Gennady.

      • Oc

        No big feckin’ deal, so his English is not sterling.

        I learned three other languages in the last ten years…I speak all of them quiet poorly and know that the effort needed to improve them is just too much considering what I will get out of mastering them. I can communicate, that is fine for my needs.

        • Stephen M

          I agree with you and don’t care if Gennady speaks English. I was just saying…

          • Oc

            I wasn’t dissing you mate…I was just saying in a “who gives a sh*t” kind of way. Sorry if it came across harsh, no offense meant.

          • Stephen M

            No offense taken.

    • Julio

      I think the dude moved to the US just a couple years ago. Also, keep in mind his age, and the fact that he comes from a non English speaking country.

      • Ерлан Табылдиев

        Sometimes he speaks pretty well in English, sometimes – not. Maybe it depends on who he speaks with. When there a lots of people around looking at him, a man could be confused. I am also Kazakh, I can write in English (not without a mistake, of course) but for me also difficult to speak English in front of people. However, when I meet some English-speaking acquaintances, I can speak without any hesitation. Maybe it’s a psychological issue.

        • Barley mcgrew

          I always understand you perfectly well mate – with regards your use of English and the frequently erudite opinions you put across. No problem there.

          • Ерлан Табылдиев

            Thanks a lot, friend. You understand me well because we are both adequate and do respect other men’s opinion. )

          • Barley mcgrew

            Touche.

        • Keano

          Massive respect for learning our language aswell.

        • Keano

          Massive respect for learning our language aswell.

          • Ерлан Табылдиев

            Thank You, Keano. Also I’d like to express my gratitude for all of you, guys cause reading your posts and discussing the boxing I’m continuously improving my English.

        • Reggie Woodard

          Very insightful…. Also, I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with a few Kazakhs at the GGG/Lemieux fight at MSG in 2015. Nice people, friendly and engaging.

          • Ерлан Табылдиев

            Appreciate Your words, Reggie. But, like all other nations, we have good people as well as bad ones. So not all Kazakhs are friendly and nice like me and Golovkin, just keep in mind, mate ))

          • Reggie Woodard

            I imagined as much… Thanks pal 🙂

        • RayK

          I’ve noticed PAC do the same thing although not as much in the last year. As in, the ability is there but with 10’s of faces and cameras pointed at them they revert to short ‘go-to’ answers.

        • Abraham E. Hernández

          What’s the general concensous on GGG in your country? Because I can tell you Canelo’s reputation in Mexico is not the best.

          • Ерлан Табылдиев

            For Kazakhs GGG is like a national hero. He is first ever Kazakh boxer who has more than one world champion belt in possession. Also the fact GGG calls himself as “Kazakh”, despite his father is Russian and mother is Korean, enhanced Kazakhs admiration. Whole Kazakhstan love him.

          • Abraham E. Hernández

            Sounds like the 2010s Pacquiao. Greetings.

      • Barley mcgrew

        Don’t they say the US is becoming ever more a dual English/Spanish speaking nation anyway ?

        • Rick

          I read we have the second highest Spanish speaking population now. Even more than Spain. I assume Mexico is number one.

        • Julio

          Yep, and also keep in mind that Mexico used to own most of the southern states until the British invaders warred with them for control over those states.

          • Marxuach

            And before Mexico, Spain owned most of the west side

          • Barley mcgrew

            They did indeed (remember the Alamo!.). I guess Mexico/Hispanics are kind of reclaiming them now too. Lol.
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          • Julio

            You can bet your butt they are.

          • Mauro Hermida

            Texas should be given back to Mexico.

    • Sidewinder

      What’s the big deal with his english? Hell, Floyd Mayweather cant even read and still rakin all those money.

      • Barley mcgrew

        The only language everyone understands. Green.

  • Michel Desgrottes

    He’s mortal, like any man

    • Charlie U.
    • Sidewinder

      But he’s not a man.

      • Ерлан Табылдиев

        Then who is he in your opinion? ))

        • Sidewinder

          He’s not from this world. He could very well be
          ” The Chosen One “.

    • Mauro Hermida

      He is no Zeus, that’s for sure. But he would KO the hell out of Jesus.

  • Rosalino Sanchez Felix

    God is a myth…just a concept

    • Julio

      If God is a myth, then how do you explain our presence in the world and everything in it?

      • Tramadol Jack

        Big bang and evolution. Call me crazy but personally I don’t believe some big bearded fella created everyone a few thousand years ago. Just my opinion, though I have no problem respecting others beliefs.

        • Stephen M

          I respect human beings, and even their foibles. I have some problems with religion though (all of them). It’s hand me down hearsay, and they all contain some crazy, ludicrous stuff. So, I tend to be critical. I don’t know how to avoid that…

          • mark elding

            Agreed, and some of the baggage that inevitably comes with religion (not individual belief) can be downright dangerous too. I’m an atheist, my wife and mother are believers. I’m just glad that not all religious people follow chosen scripture to the letter. There’s enough evidence in the world that fundamental belief is real scary stuff. Always has been.

        • Julio

          Alright, thus do you think that people just sprang out of nowhere?

          • Tramadol Jack

            Do you believe a benevolent being just sprang out of nowhere? Honestly we could debate it for years and get nowhere.
            Better to agree to disagree.

          • Robert Archambault

            There is nothing at all to suggest that if a ‘god’ did exist that it is a benevolent being. If anything, the history of humanity has demonstrated that such a being would actually be a misogynist, war mongering, self aggrandizing creature who demands everything and gives nothing in return. Other than helping the occasional football team or boxer win a contest when the proper subjugation has been shown.

          • mark elding

            Lol.

          • Mauro Hermida

            I stopped believing once I read about Adam and Eve…..that’s a whole lot of trailer park creating the race.

          • Julio

            Not a problem.

          • Robert Archambault

            It’s called EVOLUTION. Look it up.

          • Julio

            Ok, but then how that evolution developed to create humans?

          • Mauro Hermida

            Julio, there are books on this stuff that you should at least read. You never learned about Darwin? Where did you take your science classes? In Texas?

          • Julio

            Never thought that a simple question would create so much drama.

          • Robert Archambault

            Look, you go right ahead and continue to believe in your Jewish zombie who encourages it’s followers to eat it’s flesh and drink it’s blood. I choose to believe in something called SCIENCE.

          • Mauro Hermida

            Evolution….they didn’t spring out of nowhere. There is a reason much of our DNA is similar to say gorillas. We were at one point like them and then evolved into something close but different. Anyways, you already know this, assuming you have taken any amount of science classes. Mother Nature is one bad woman.

        • Mauro Hermida

          I do because it clouds judgement. How can you be rational when in order to believe, you really have to separate from reality and deny science and those good things called proven facts. Its a fantasy and people need to treat it that way imo. Its held our evolution back, mentally. Its no different than believing in Santa Claus. Though with Santa, once we are told he is not real, we stop believing in it. Too bad people cannot apply the same thinking to God. Heard plenty of idiots say God was talking to them when it was really their own conscience. In reality if God existed, he was a right piece of S, assuming you followed the Old Testament one. The new one was nicer, so hooray.

      • Stephen M

        Both answers come to the same in the end: Where did god come from and what came before the big bang? At that “point” belief and science equally have no answers. But in getting to that point I think that science is more reliable, superior if you like, just because it is provable.

        • mark elding

          Because science actively and persistently LOOKS for answers, testing and re-testing theories until they can be proven as fact or otherwise, rather than just accepting archaic, confusing, contradictory scripture that most civilized relugious people just pick and choose from anyway because much of it is really rather poisonous.

          • Stephen M

            Lol. Yes he is.

          • Stephen M

            We need some boxing, and soon…

      • Stephen M

        Both answers come to the same in the end: Where did god come from and what came before the big bang? At that “point” belief and science equally have no answers. But in getting to that point I think that science is more reliable, superior if you like, just because it is provable.

      • Stephen M

        Both answers come to the same in the end: Where did god come from and what came before the big bang? At that “point” belief and science equally have no answers. But in getting to that point I think that science is more reliable, superior if you like, just because it is provable.

      • Randall Bannister

        I’m not sure this is really the forum to be discussing religion.

        • Julio

          Who is talking about religion? I just addressed your assertion that God is a myth.

          • Randall Bannister

            I’m not being dragged into this debate. All I will say is this,

            “If God is a myth, then how do you explain our presence in the world and everything in it?”

            Sure sounds like religious talk to me. One more thing, I didn’t make the point that God is a myth, Rosalino did.

          • Julio

            There is no debate. And you are right, you weren’t the one that actually made the point. My mistake.

        • Stephen M

          Normally I would have to agree (even though I always participate when it’s about religion), but this time god is actually the topic of the article.

      • philoe bedoe

        I agree.
        And some people don’t want to acknowledge GOD because they don’t want face up to their sins…………..

      • Mauro Hermida

        Ill stick with old Zeus. He at least mingled with us mortals.

  • Charlie U.

    No matter what level of success he attains, GGG seems to continue to be grounded and relatively unaffected by it.

    • Stephen M

      Which is commendable, given the over the top adoration of some fans.

  • Marxuach

    Wow, these are bad comments.

  • philoe bedoe

    Golovkin, ” I’m not God”
    Robert Archambault obviously thinks so lol………

    • Mauro Hermida

      Triple T too…not as much though, so maybe GGG is just a demi god to him. Like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day says, “Im a god, not THE god.”

      • philoe bedoe

        You could pass Triple T as some sort of parody, like Autosmell.
        But Robert reminds me he’s foaming from the mouth when he’s typing lol.
        While he’s drinking” A sweet vermouth with a twist”……..

  • Oc

    GGG is just a fine boxer, with very heavy hands oh, and he is a proper gentleman to boot. A very commendable trait in any kind of high achiever. Enjoy him while he is around.

  • Giuseppe

    He will beat Jacobs (KO). And stop Canelo. This is known.

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