But after his tough points victory over the unfancied and yet impressive Jacobs, the undefeated Kazakh has two more possible fights to choose from.
The new big-money possibility is a rematch with Jacobs. The 30-year-old New Yorker performed admirably against Golovkin, recovering from being sent to the canvas in the fourth-round to become the first man to take Golovkin the distance in 24 fights, and deserves another moment in the spotlight.
Key to Jacobs’ success against a man who boasts an unblemished career record of 37-0-0 was his repeated switch of stances, which kept Golovkin off-balance. Jacobs periodically switched to a left-handed style before closing with a flourish, putting himself firmly in the mix for another go with Golovkin.
Golovkin admitted a rematch was a distinct possibility in his complimentary assessment of Jacobs after his narrow points win.
"He's my best opponent, he is very smart, he had very good boxing skill," Golovkin said. "He don't mind fighting, he doesn't lose control. I am ready for anybody. It's my job."
While a rematch would no doubt prove lucrative – with boxing fans already intrigued if Golovkin’s performance was simply a bad evening at the office or sign of something more – a match-up with Canelo would be box-office gold and would rake in far more PPV buys.
The pair have been due to fight for years but a bout has so far proved elusive. However some of the recent comments made by Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, have suggested that the super-fight remains a distinct possibility.
"I believe both sides want this fight and we are getting closer to it," Loeffler said.
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.
"Of course I am ready to fight Canelo. Of course I want that fight," Golovkin said. "I am like an animal for that fight."
A showdown with Canelo is undoubtedly what every fan of boxing wants: but it is not necessarily what Golovkin wants. There is only one belt in the weight class not currently in GGG’s possession and his next fight may well see him attempt to unify the division.
England’s Billy Joe Saunders has been the WBO middleweight champion of the world since 2015, when he outpointed the Irishman Andy Lee, and he could face Golovkin in Kazakhstan in June, at the EXPO 2017 event.
Golovkin likes that idea – though it wouldn't be a lucrative payday.
"My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division," he said after winning 115-112 on two cards, 114-113 on another. "Of course, Billy Joe is the last one. It is my dream."
The fight has another strong lure for Golovkin. He hasn't fought at home since 2010, when he won the WBA crown against Nilson Julio Tapia. It simply hasn't been a profitable place for boxing, though his handlers think there potentially could be a bigger purse during the expo.
Additional reporting by AP.