In terms of concrete stakes, Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) is placing his WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight championships, not to mention his 23-fight knockout streak and march towards Bernard Hopkins' consecutive title defense record, on the line against Brooklyn knockout artist and cancer survivor Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs).
The stoppage victory over IBF welterweight king Brook extended Golovkin's flawless record to 36 wins, with 33 knockouts.
Finally, almost six years after his cancer diagnosis and nearly 4 1 /2 years after his incredible return, Jacobs is ready to take on Golovkin.
"Of course I feel that I have power and it is very important to me and I can feel the power in my punches".
"When I pitched him to HBO and to Showtime, here was an undefeated middleweight champion willing to fight anyone, doesn't want the money but wants the television exposure", Loeffler told Forbes. There is no need to go reach for snack or chocolates or sweets or popcorn or these kinds of things.
Golovkin has never wanted for confidence, dominating the middleweight class despite being relatively undersized in the 160-pound division.
However, the chances of Jacobs coming off as victor in the fight against Golovkin will boil down to a puncher's luck.
When the bell rings, and both fighters engage, Forbes sees the action as back and forth, with good exchanges and the best of both warriors. "He is a good boxer with good technique". The Kazakhstan slugger has become just that, even though it hasn't been easy to get top opponents. Golovkin should focus on fighting the best.
"I understand my position in the game, in this fight", he says of his underdog status.
Daniel Jacobs isn't just some pushover challenger. "In fact, my love of boxing comes from Mexican fighters, especially Marco Antonio Barrera". Reportedly, GGG earned $5 million for his 5th round TKO win over Kell Brook in England, a fight which drew in 500,000 buys on Sky Box Office PPV.
Gonzalez will make $550,000, Sor Rungvisai $75,000, Cuadras $100,000, Carmona $12,500, Martin $25,000 and Cruz $15,000. In his most recent bout - in December at The Forum - he knocked out Jorge Melendez in the first round, giving him five first-round knockouts. "Chocolatito", Nicaragua's first ever four-weight world champion, has won all of his 46 professional fights. Tapia's fight before that, he was stopped in the fourth round by Michel Soro.
What a night it would be if he did get the win on St. Patrick's Day in front of the Irish fans in attendance.
Golovkin says he brings a healthy admiration for Jacobs and what he has been through heading into Saturday night's HBO pay-per-view fight.
Tapia, of Passaic, N.J., is 23-3 with 15 knockouts.