New York - Keith Connolly, who handles Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s (13-1, 10 KO’s), has become one of boxing’s best managers over the years by simply getting his clients the most money in the biggest fights.

This Saturday is no different when Derevyanchenko takes on Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO’s) at Madison Square Garden.

After the loss to Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29 KO’s), Derevyanchenko took on Jack Culcay (26-4, 13 KO’s), and in victory put himself in the mandatory position to fight Canelo for the IBF title. The fight was on the table, but they were unable to reach an agreement - leading to Canelo getting stripped of the IBF middleweight title.

Golovkin and Derevyanchenko will fight for that same title Saturday night on DAZN.

Connolly felt a big fight was coming because his fighter was simply too good.

“I knew at some point we’d get to here because Sergiy is one of the best middleweights in the world,” Connolly told a group of reporters.

“As far as how we got to the Golovkin fight, it was crazy. At first I thought we were getting the Canelo fight. They couldn’t come up with the money that I thought was fair for the fight and I think they called our bluff and they lost when they got stripped.”

According to Connolly, his client will be making more in this fight then he would have versus Canelo.

“I’m not going to get into the figure but Sergiy will take home more money net for fighting Golovkin then he would have fighting Canelo,” stated the manager. “Anybody that says we were crazy to turn down the Canelo fight doesn’t know the facts and doesn’t know the business.”

Why is his client getting a shot after he loss to Jacobs? It’s simple to Connolly, he’s earned it.

“He fought Jack Culcay after the Danny Jacobs fight, a guy that’s hard to look good against, he made Demetrius Andrade who’s one of the hardest guys to beat in any weight class, only win by split decision. Sergiy fought him to get in this position. Anyone that says he doesn’t deserve to be here to put it in slang terms is a hater. He deserves to be here and deserves every penny that he’s making.”