The first time of reckoning, the stepping on the scale, is over, and next comes THE RECKONING for Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.
The fighting pride of Kazahkstan and the Brownsville, Brooklyn cancer survivor, billed as the second best middleweight on the planet until proven otherwise, both made the middleweight limit during an early weigh in at Madison Square Garden Friday morning.
Golovkin was 159.6.
Jacobs was 159.8.
They tango in the big room at MSG, and on HBO pay per view. Weigh ins are usually at around 5 PM or 6 PM in NY, this one went early mostly because the commission will be working tonight, with a Mick Conlan/Top Rank event headlining in the MSG Theater.
GGG and Jacobs faced off in an intense staredown, with Jacobs looking into GGG’s soul while chewing gum furiously, and GGG looking relaxed, like he was about to step on a plane for a tropical vacation.
“Where Brooklyn at?” said Jacobs to HBO’s Keiran Mulvaney, and said he would do whatever needed to win. “I’m the man…my skill level is different,” he said when asked how he’s different than others who’ve promised to down GGG. The acknowledged middleweight ace, almost 35 years old Golovkin, told Mulvaney that Jacobs is the best foe on paper to date. Will he let Jacobs tag him, as he has allowed others? We shall see, he said. GGG said “this is business” and he promised an “amazing” fight. Will we see a “big drama show?” He hopes so, he said, not just in his fight but in the support bouts as well.
Michael Buffer, he of “get ready to rumble” fame, emceed.
He brought Chocolatito and foe Srisaket to the scale. The Thai was 114, while the Nicaraguan was 114.6.