On the flip side, this is not unfamiliar territory for Golovkin: the 35-year-old has been favored in every one of his 37 previous fights, although he's never been favored by less than he is against Canelo. The fight will be held from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and air live on PPV.
Saunders, who hasn't boxed since last December, said: "I signed to fight both Golovkin and Canelo, but none of them have come off". He's gotten a knockout win in all six of the wins and his one loss was to Floyd Mayweather.
Unfortunately for viewers in the United Kingdom, the late-night West Coast start time means that the undercard fights won't get underway until around 01:00 BST (British Summer Time) on Saturday night. GGG has to rely more on his power than his boxing skills as well.
"I still think I showed a blueprint on how to beat Golovkin and it was touch-and-go if he won the fight with Jacobs". In Canelo's last bout we saw him hitting the heavy bag for 12 rounds in Julio Ceasar Chavez, and before that he was getting out-hustled by the smaller Amir Khan until he positioned himself to land a thunderous right hand to the chin of Khan.
But he said: "This is a very important fight". The only reason GGG looked so scary is because fighters feared him, Canelo will not fear him and bully him.
GETTYCanelo and GGG are expected to put on a serious display of boxing
Golovkin doesn't have the tools that Canelo has, all he can do is go forward and try to break you down by imposing his will on you.
Ultimately however, Golovkin's range control, championship experience and iron chin may be the deciding factors that mean Saul Alvarez will be the 18 person to be knocked out by Triple G in a world title fight.
Alvarez should come back and will likely win some of the mid rounds as he unloads some big combinations against Golovkin, who tends to absorb shots on his guard rather than retreat.
Saunders, 28, makes the second defence of his WBO middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr in London on Saturday night and is Sky Bet's 4/11 favourite to win the fight, with Monroe Jr 9/4 and the draw 28/1.