Roman Gonzalez is defending his WBC super-flyweight title against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in New York this weekend.
However, there is a lot more on the line in this fight than just a title belt, he will be competing to keep his unbeaten streak alive in the face of an up and coming challenger.
Chocolatito is currently 46-0 in all of his bouts and will climb to 47-0 with a win in the Big Apple on Saturday night as he is heavily favored in the contest.
Gonzalez’s position in the betting odds comes from the fact that he is the consensus for best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
Mayweather retired at 49-0, which matched Rocky Marciano’s perfect record, and the Nicaraguan champion can continue at his current clip, he will break that record in a short time.
That is where the similarities between the two get more fuzzy as Gonzalez is more of a soft-spoken fighter in the face of the bold proclamations and statements that regularly come from Money Mayweather.
12 years of competitive boxing has led the current super-flyweight champion to his gaudy win total while the retired legend had been professional for 18 years to reach the same win total.
Their roads to these impressive marks are also different because the 29-year-old didn’t become a boxing sensation until recent years as the man he has been chasing has been carefully watched and dissected since day one.
The president of the Money Team earned victory number 47 by defeating Marcos Maidana in a rematch and was easily the highest paid athlete on the planet while also being one of the most visible at the same time.
On the contrast, Gonzalez just headlined his first regular HBO broadcast last year and this weekend will mark his second pay per view in America.
He will have to be at his best to beat Rungvisai, who is one of the toughest opponents at super-flyweight in the world.
If the champion emerges victorious, that will not be the end of his challenges as he has a rematch with Carlos Cuadras who he bested in a decision last year.
There are cautionary tales of other boxers chasing Mayweather’s record, like Cesar Rene Cuenca who was one win away and lost to Eduard Troyanovsky just before the finish line.
In order to avoid becoming another footnote in boxing history, the champ will have to take care of business on Saturday. Win and then leave the worrying about the record for after you’ve broken it.