Photos: Ed Mulholland
By Eric Raskin
The city that never sleeps became the city where you can’t sleep in -- not if you wanted to catch the official weigh-in for Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs HBO Pay-Per-View fight card, anyway. Typically, big-fight weigh-ins take place in the afternoon the day before the show, giving boxers some 30 hours to rehydrate. But for a variety of reasons -- including avoiding going head-to-head with March Madness action -- Golovkin, Jacobs and the undercard fighters began stepping on the scale at the Theater at Madison Square Garden at 9 a.m. on Friday, meaning “GGG” and “The Miracle Man” will have had some 38 hours to replenish themselves before they enter the ring to determine who is the world’s best middleweight.
Both men made weight with a few ounces to spare: Jacobs scaled 159.8 pounds, Golovkin 159.6. As they stared each other down, it was clear that Jacobs is taller (three inches, officially), and he has long been reputed to be the naturally heavier man who struggles more to get his body under the 160-pound limit. So does the early weigh-in give the underdog from Brooklyn an advantage? That remains to be seen, but it certainly doesn’t rate to hurt his chances at upsetting the undefeated Kazakh.
Even though Jacobs is the local fighter, GGG had the support of more of the fans who lined up at sun-up to attend the weigh-in. There were “Tri-ple-G! Tri-ple-G!” chants as Golovkin climbed onto the stage, and he responded with his usual nonchalant smile. Golovkin didn’t have much of note to say after making weight, other than acknowledging that Jacobs is his most dangerous pro opponent and replacing his usual advertisement of a “big drama show” with a more all-encompassing promise of a “big drama event.”
Jacobs, on the other hand, had plenty to say.
“You’re gonna see [me do] whatever it takes to win,” he told weigh-in host and HBO Boxing Insider Kieran Mulvaney. “I’m a true champion, I adjust. My preparation was right, I’m making sure I do what I gotta do to get the victory. Point blank. Period.”
Mulvaney asked Jacobs why he’s so confident he’ll succeed where all others have failed against GGG, and he barked, “Because I’m the man. I believe in myself, and I’m not those other guys. I’m different. I’m a different commodity. I’m a different champion. My mindset is different. My skill level is different. You’re going to see that on Saturday night … Nobody needs to believe in me but me. I can have all the boos in the world, but I believe in me.”
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez: 114.6 pounds
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai: 114 pounds
Carlos Cuadras: 115.6 pounds
David Carmona: 115.8 pounds
Ryan Martin: 134.6 pounds
Bryant Cruz: 135 pounds