Nothing gets boxing fans going like the arrival of a wrecking ball on the scene.
After middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin imposed himself upon foe Matthew Macklin with the subtlety of a wrecking ball -- detonating a left hook to the Anglo-Irishman's liver and leaving him writhing, to be counted out in the third round in ring at Foxwoods in Connecticut -- the chatter started.
What's next for the killer from Kazakhstan?
Folks entranced with his double-fisted efficiency seemed to conclude there were no impediments left to demolish at 160 pounds, and instead had Golovkin dropping down to 154 for a crack at Floyd Mayweather. Or packing on eight pounds and traveling to super middleweight, to challenge ace pugilist Andre Ward, who happened to be working for HBO as an on-air analyst Saturday.
But what about middleweight top dog Sergio Martinez? Has public opinion on the Argentine -- who turns 39 in February and was knocked down once in fights against Julio Cesar Chavez last year and Martin Murray on April 27 -- soured to such a degree that many fans assume Golovkin smashes Sergio like he did Macklin?
We wondered what Martinez's promoter, Lou DiBella, thought, as we heard through the grapevine that he considered Golovkin too high a hill to climb for the shining star in his stable. Lou was in meetings, we were told, but a source close to him told us that DiBella is indeed open to matching Martinez with Golovkin.
Not in Martinez's next fight, the source said, as Sergio is rehabbing injuries, but after that, the door is open.
That bout has pay-per-view written all over it, in green ink. Martinez has lost a foot off his fastball, but the degree he'd get up to try and prove that his time isn't past, would lift his preparation and focus to another level.
Team Martinez has slated March 2014 for Sergio's return, so we'd be looking at more than a year to wait for a Martinez-Golovkin fight. This being boxing, a thousand things could change before then, so it might be wise for us to transfer our anticipation to events nearer on the horizon of certainty ... but Martinez-Golovkin would be a most intriguing scrap to ponder.