Jerry Glick reporting: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin knows that he will have a tough night come Saturday when he steps into the ring against two time title challenger, Matt “Mack the Knife” Macklin. He knows that his British challenger battled two of the best in the world, Felix Sturm, who most believe he beat, and pound for pound rated Sergio Martinez, with whom he was very competitive.
Co-promoters DiBella Entertainment and K2 held a final press conference on Wednesday at popular Gallagher’s Steakhouse on 52nd Street in Manhattan, where the champion and challenger talked to the media. Golovkin had a few observations about his opponent for Saturday’s fight at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
“I’ve seen him fight,” explained the WBA and IBO Middleweight king. “He’s a good fighter; he’s a good man with a big heart. He’s hungry, and he’s a very strong fighter.”
Golovkin prepared for this fight at Big Bear and is ready to go, “I have plan for this fight,” said the champion in his almost flawless English, only the latest of the four languages that he speaks.
This will be his third fight in the United States, and for the baby faced champion, it only continues his dream, “The United States is great, fighting here is my dream.” Golovkin trained at Big Bear in California for this fight.