Daniel Jacobs’ chances of beating Gennady Golovkin in their upcoming fight on March 18 comes down entirely on whether he can hurt the Kazakhstan fighter, according to trainer Robert Garcia. If the 29-year-old Jacobs cannot hurt Golovkin to keep him off of him, then he’s going to be slowly broken apart and destroyed.
That’s it in a nutshell as far as Garcia is concerned. He’s not convinced entirely that Jacobs can hurt Golovkin, because he’s never been hurt before. However, Garcia does believe that Jacobs has the power and the talent to potentially hurt the 34-year-old Golovkin when the two start trading blows. Garcia has seen how Triple G gets hit in his fights, and he thinks there’s a chance that Jacobs could get to him with one of his big punches to get the knockout or at least hurt him enough to keep him off.
Golovkin and Jacobs meet on March 18 on HBO pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in New York. The World Boxing Association ordered Golovkin-Jacobs fight was signed, sealed and delivered last weekend, and the fans are excited to say the least in seeing this one. The fans are less pleased at learning that they’ll need to pay to watch the Golovkin vs. Jacobs fight on HBO PPV rather than seeing it on the normal HBO Championship Boxing.
This was part of the deal needed to happen to get the fight made, as Jacobs wanted a 40 percent cut of the revenue for the fight. Not surprisingly, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler wasn’t going to give him that type of a deal. So instead of giving Jacobs the split he and his manager Al Haymon were asking for, Golovkin’s management gave them an undisclosed cut of the revenue and agreed to have the fight televised on HBO PPV. That means more money for Jacobs than he would have received. It’s going to be a career high payday for Jacobs. He’s going to make out well for this fight.
Garcia said this to fighthype.com about his analysis of the Golovkin-Jacobs fight:
“I like the fight,” said Robert Garcia about the Golovkin vs. Jacobs fight. “Jacobs is very talented and has power too. Triple G gets hit. But Triple G just has insane power, and the confidence he’s got. I don’t know if Jacobs can hurt him, because if Jacobs can’t hurt Triple G, then I think Triple G destroys him as the rounds go by. But if Jacobs hurts him with his power, then we could see a different story too,” said Garcia.
It’s a good observation from Garcia about Jacobs needing to get to Golovkin to try and hurt him to keep him off. If Jacobs can’t hurt Golovkin, then he’s going to going to have a lot of problems in there. Jacobs doesn’t move as well as Golovkin’s last opponent Kell Brook, who lasted five rounds against GGG in their fight on September 10. Brook survived by moving frequently to avoid getting hit by Golovkin. Jacobs doesn’t have the mobility to do that. As such, he’ll need to stand his ground and try and beat Golovkin at his own game by punching with him.
“With the pay-per-view numbers we’ve had recently, even the pay-per-view superstars like Pacquiao and we just saw with Kovalev and Ward and the numbers are still not doing too good,” said Garcia. “I don’t know if that would do too good [Golovkin vs. Jacobs on HBO PPV], but it’s still one that boxing people would watch. The boxing people, they would order it, but it doesn’t matter. We’ll watch it because it’s a great fight. Triple G needs to fight these fights. He’s the real deal, but it’s not his fault that there’s not a lot of big names in his division like there were 20 to 30 years ago. He can’t force these types of guys. There’s nobody [for him to fight]. He’s been fighting European guys. Even when he fights a Mexican, the Mexican is not very big. He needs to fight the Jacobs, Canelo needs to fight him. He needs to fight those types of fighters. Canelo needs to fight him. He needs to fight those types of fighters to be able to become a pay-per-view star. It’s not his fault that they’re not out there or they don’t want to fight him,” said Garcia.