Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez is once again featured as the co-main event of a Gennady "#GGG" Golovkin pay per view, but it is Gonzalez that is considered by many the #1 P4P fighter in the world. You may be wondering why he is listed as the co-main? Why isn't he a superstar on the level of GGG or Canelo Alvarez?
The answer is right in front of your eyes. Well, that's dependent on how tall you stand. It's possible that if you're 5'6" and above you'd look straight over the head of Roman Gonzalez. The 5'3" Gonzalez is among the smallest fighters on the P4P rankings, but that doesn't detract from his skills in the ring. It's similar to another top pound for pound fighter, but this one isn't a boxer.
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "#MightyMouse" Johnson (25-2-1) sits on top of MMA pound-for-pound list and he also has trouble drawing mainstream attention.
No matter how exciting their fights may be, and both have a propensity for non-stop action, there's a block between them and the mainstream world.
#FloydMayweather and #ConorMcGregor have shown that there's more to combat sports than just heavyweight knockouts. Both fighters compete in sub-160lb divisions, yet they are the biggest stars in the relative sports. So much so, that a proposed fight between the two is in the works and projected to be the biggest fight in combat sports if/when it occurs.
Then why are fighters 30 pounds less than those two men struggling to catch on? Sure, their lack of grandiose personas keep them from reaching the heights of the aforementioned Mayweather and McGregor, but there's no reason they shouldn't head up the second tier of combat sports earners.
#DemetriousJohnson is on an eleven fight winning streak dating back to 2012, and is challenging the record for most title defenses by a UFC champion in a given weight class. These are just a few of the accolades that add to the argument of his #1 P4P rankings.
At 29 years old, Gonzalez is already 46-0, with 38 of those victories by knockout. His power is a sight to behold at his size and it often leads to highlight reel victories.
That is why Saturday may very well mark the end of Chocolatito's co-main event status, and see him propel himself into a stand-alone star. A victory over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will put Chocolatito one step closer to the notoriety both he & "Mighty Mouse" deserve.