Gennady Golovkin is undaunted by the challenge of fighting for the first time in Las Vegas, saying defending his titles against Canelo Alvarez will be like going on a date with a beautiful girl.
Four belt champion Golovkin will be the underdog when he faces Mexico's hard-hitting Alvarez on Saturday in a 12-round mega world title fight at the T-Moblie Arena.
The 35-year-old from Kazakhstan told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino that he doesn't consider himself an underdog against Alvarez, who is eight years his junior.
Golovkin has waited a long time to get his first fight on the boxing's biggest stage in the United States. He is undefeated with a 37-0 record and has fought in 22 cities and seven different countries but never in Sin City.
Several years ago Golovkin hired a much younger Alvarez to be one of his sparring partners at a training camp in Big Bear, California.
So there is some familiarity between the two but Golovkin expects Alvarez to come into the fight with a few new wrinkles in his game plan.
Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez said the two fighters' punching power will make for an interesting contest.
Sanchez said Golovkin lost some of his popularity after his last fight in March because he had to go the distance to beat Daniel Jacobs instead of knocking the challenger out.
Sanchez says Jacobs is a better fighter than Alvarez.
"If Jacobs had fought Canelo that night it would have come out different. If you switched Canelo in with Jacobs and Gennady in with Chavez Jr. - Jacobs would win and Gennady would have knocked Chavez out," he said.
Tickets are sold out for Alvarez-Golovkin but Sanchez says they still have work to do to get people to buy the pay-per-view. He said boxing fans who shelled out $99 for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor novelty fight just over two weeks ago might be reluctant to buy this one.