Robert Garcia says he is open to training Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin 38-1-1 (34) if that’s what the former unified middleweight champion wants.
Golovkin announced this week he was splitting from his longtime trainer Abel Sanchez, who had coached him for nine years.
Garcia said he would happily through open the doors to his eponymous Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California – providing he is willing to continue to learn.
“It’s up to GGG. If GGG is thinking, ‘I’m already good enough anyway, I already know how to train. I already know how to run; I can do it myself. So, someone guiding me, doing mitts, that’s all I need’,” Garcia said to Fighthub.
“If that’s all he needs, he’ll be fine. But he could do better. He also could get a little bit better with his footwork maybe, using his jab a little bit more, and speed a little bit more.
“Maybe there’s a trainer that can teach him a little bit more. But maybe GGG doesn’t want that anymore. Maybe he just wants to cash out with all the money, and pay his loved ones, the people he really cares for.”
The popular coach believes that Golovkin can still continue to improve on his tremendous skillset that delivered him his first version of a world title in 2010 and saw him reign undefeated for eight years until a contentious points loss to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last September.
“Maybe that’s his plan. But if he really thinks he can’t learn anymore, he’s wrong,” Garcia continued. “He can still learn more. He can improve and do a little bit better maybe.
“Maybe he doesn’t care if he beats Canelo. Maybe he only cares that he makes $30 million for the third fight. It depends on what he wants. If he cares about beating him, then he should look for the right trainer. I would love to [train Golovkin], but I’m saying there’s great trainers out there. I would love to.”
Garcia said he thought Golovkin deserved the win against Alvarez in their first fight after watching it on TV, but that he thought the popular Mexican earned the victory in their rematch.
“He’s a great person. He’s shown me nothing but respect. I’ve never said anything negative about him,” he said. “I did think that Canelo beat him in the second fight. In the first fight, I thought a draw was fine. But when I saw it on TV, I told everybody I thought GGG won the fight.
“Maybe I could train him to beat Canelo in the third fight? Who knows? It depends on his mentality. If he really wants to improve and beat Canelo in the third fight, then he needs someone to teach him. If he wants to cash out, he’s already good enough. He’s already good enough to beat everybody anyway.”