The scheduled twelve round main event is slated to air live on HBO PPV in the USA with a 9PM ET start time and a $64.95 price tag, while British fight fans can view the spectacle via BoxNation, with a 1AM GMT showtime at a very reasonable £12.
Golovkin vs Jacobs odds (as of fight day morning)
Despite being heavily favored by most ringside pundits and knowledgeable critics leading into the highly anticipated showdown, Triple G is surprisingly only listed as a 7 1/2 to 1 or (-736) betting favorite, while the challenger and hometown fighter is currently pegged as a seemingly live 5 1/2 to 1 or (+551) betting underdog,
Do the Race and Sports Books have this intriguing, 160 pound match-up tagged accurately?
Because of Jacobs' power, accurate punching ability, ring intelligence and natural athletic gifts, most die-hard fight fans and handicappers give the "Miracle Man" from Brooklyn, NY, the best shot of any top ranked Middleweight fighter to unseat the hard-punching, incumbent champion.
Are they correct with their collective assessment?
Anything can and often does happen on the biggest stage of the "theater of the unexpected". But for one crucial reason, here's why experts, critics and handicappers are wrong in their collective evaluation, and Golovkin should be more accurately listed as a 15 or 20 to 1 betting favorite.
Despite being correct in sizing up the title challenger's aforementioned attributes, most observers have failed to recognize the 30 year old's inability to stay poised when taking on an aggressive minded opponent.
Jacobs is a very crafty and sharpshooting counter puncher by trade, but largely depends on keeping his opponents at range.
Whenever the hard punching Brooklynite is faced with an opponent who is economical in cutting off the ring, closing the distance, and possesses world class power, Jacobs becomes uncharacteristically unsettled and extremely uneasy.
Golovkin vs Jacobs
Date: March 18, 2017
Venue/Location: Madison Sqaure Garden, NYC
Broadcast: PPV (U.S.)
Titles: IBF, WBA and WBC (Golovkin defending); WBA (Jacobs defending)
In July of 2010, the tall, rangy New Yorker, with a record of 20-0 at the time, faced fellow undefeated prospect Dimitry Pirog of Russia for the vacant WBO Middleweight title at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite being the hosting promoter's fighter and the favored man, Jacobs was continually backed up throughout the fight and eventually stretched by the aggressive minded, visiting puncher in the fifth stanza of the scheduled 12 round title bout.
Not only was Jacobs unable to keep the the fight in the center of the ring and stay off the ropes, but he was seemingly exposed as a pugilist who is largely deficient on the inside and incapable of dealing with the mental and physical pressures that usually come with facing a proficient aggressive opponent.
And despite having twelve consecutive knock-out victories since the horrid showing half a decade ago, Jacobs has yet to prove that he has acquired the ability to deal with a world class pressureer.
Tonight the "Miracle Man" will truly need a miracle to defeat arguably the very best aggressive technician and hardest pound for pound puncher in boxing.
A Danny Jacobs victory this evening wouldn't quite rival 1990's "Tyson vs. Douglas" shocker at 42 to 1 odds, but would be largely viewed as the sport's most notable upset since.
Look for Gennady Golovkin to stop the title challenger in brutal fashion within the fifth or sixth round of tonight's main event from NYC!!
Pirog vs Jacobs - Final Round