GGG vs Jacobs: Official weights, observationsWritten by Joseph Herron
In an unusually early weigh-in time, roughly 10AM ET, "Middleweights" Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs scaled in under the restrictive division limit of 160 pounds to technically meet the requirements of the New York State Athletic Commission as a precursor to their highly publicized showdown at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City, tomorrow evening.
On the eve of their HBO PPV headlining slot, the incumbent champion, GGG, weighed in at approximately 159.6 pounds, while the perceived underdog and hometown fighter tipped the scales at 159.8.
The premature weigh-in time was seemingly negotiated to assist the naturally larger fighter, Danny Jacobs, in re-hydrating to an assumed Light Heavyweight "advantage". Theoretically, the added girth could potentially increase the 30 year old challenger's ability to take Golovkin's best punches and add a bit more torque to Daniel's already impressive brand of power.
Three decade fight trainer James Gogue insists the dubious strategy won't help but could possibly affect Jacobs negatively during Saturday night's contest.
"He could enter the ring as a Cruiserweight, and the added pounds aren't going to help Jacobs in this fight," stated the expert boxing strategist.
"If anything, all the extra weight will do is prolong a Triple G beatdown."
"In my opinion, Jacobs will benefit more by coming into the fight lighter, more agile, using his footwork and athleticism to implement quick lateral movement, while keeping the action in center of the ring...throwing sharp counters and then turning the more aggressive Golovkin."
"A heavier Jacobs will keep him a bit more stationary and play right into Golovkin's strengths. If Jacobs really wants to win this fight, I hope he and his trainers worked on physically and mentally handling the pressure that Golovkin will inevitably bring. Because in the past, Jacobs hasn't seemed comfortable dealing with proficient aggressive fighters...and fighting guys like Sergio Mora and Peter Quillin hasn't prepared him for anything he's going to experience on Saturday night."
Since 2014, the "Miracle Man" has only fought six times, competing against names like Milton Nunez, Jerrod Fletcher, Caleb Truax, Sergio Mora and Peter Quillin. Although Jacobs successfully defeated all five opponents, stopping them within the distance, none of the aforementioned fighters customarily execute Golovkin's aggressive "Mexican" style.
Will coming into Saturday night's main event against the most feared Middleweight in the division at 175 pounds or higher ultimately help or hinder Daniel Jacobs' chances for victory?
Fight fans will ultimately find out on Saturday, Mach 18 at Madison Square Garden, when the two Middleweight champions collide in the main event of the looming HBO PPV!!