And the main event between middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs surprised absolutely everyone.
Gennady "GGG" Golovkin entered his middleweight title defense against Daniel Jacobs as the boogieman of boxing.
Danny Jacobs thought he fought the ideal fight; thought he had done all he needed to do to upset Gennady Golovkin and capture the middleweight championship before 19,939 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
As for the undercard, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai stunned the previously undefeated Roman Gonzalez with a win via majority decision (113-113, 114-112, 114-112), Carlos Cuadras beat Daniel Carmona by unanimous decision (97-93, 97-93, 96-94) and Ryan Martin earned a TKO victory in Round 8 over Bryant Cruz.
The AP had it 114-113 for Golovkin. It was the first time in his career that one of his fights went at least 12 rounds.
His boxer was asked in the ring Saturday night after the exhausting bout with Jacobs to discuss meeting Alvarez, the super welterweight champion whose only defeat in 43 fights was to Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
After 10 rounds, the AP had Golovkin ahead 96-93, with Jacobs winning the 10th, after three straight rounds for Golovkin.
Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) retained the WBC, WBA and IBO titles. "Also for Jacobs", Forbes continued, he needs to have the mental calmness to understand he will be hit hard, but to stay focused and fire right back and then move. He landed several combinations to win. He came out aggressive and attacking in the seventh and eighth to narrow things up on the scorecard. But can you pull it off on fight night with the hype and nervousness that comes with a fight of this nature? He's rumored to return in June to face Billy Joe Saunders, who holds the only middleweight belt not owned by Golvokin, in a fight that could take place in Golovkin's native Kazakhstan.
Both men were marked up and feeling the effects of the many furious exchanges but it was the champion who was more forceful as Srikaset lost a point in the sixth for yet another clash of heads. In the process, the unheralded Thai saddled Chocolatito with his first defeat in 47 fights and nearly certainly knocked him off the top perch in the unofficial pound-for-pound ratings. Fight fans rallied behind Jacobs and were quick to dismiss Golovkin as the most frightening boxer in the world.
The final three minutes saw Gonzalez go for the knockout as Srikaset tried to avoid the onslaught as the fight was ultimately placed in the hands of the judges.