LAS VEGAS -- In his backstage exhalation, Canelo Alvarez spread his arms back wide on a couch, surrounded by championship belts on each side of him, content that the boxing world is his.
"That's the wonderful thing about being the man," said someone who would know, Alvarez's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.
Alvarez's unanimous-decision victory in Saturday night's middleweight unification over Brooklyn's Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena both bolsters his case as the sport's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and provides him a wealth of leverage in negotiations for his next fight.
Yes, Alvarez's fiercest rival, Gennady Golovkin, was there to watch and almost desperately press his case for a trilogy meeting hours after announcing his new union with Wladimir Klitschko's former trainer Johnathon Banks.
But Golovkin, who's already felt the financial sting of losing a September majority decision to Alvarez by earning less than one-third in his own multi-fight deal with the streaming service DAZN, will need to fall in line for Alvarez, no matter what he does to massive underdog Steve Rolls on June 8 at Madison Square Garden.
Mexico's Alvarez (52-1-2) didn't even mention Golovkin's name at his post-fight news conference, and while trainer Eddy Reynoso said afterward that he's expecting his fighter to return to T-Mobile Arena on Mexican Independence Day weekend in September, Reynoso said "no" when asked if the foe will be the now belt-less Golovkin.
"My objective," Alvarez emphasized, "is to fight for a title."
They have the flexibility to let Golovkin squirm.
The once-beaten former long-reigning champion tried to re-connect with his prior position of superiority, sending a post-fight tweet with a photo of him wearing sunglasses indoors while sitting among the Cinco de Mayo crowd of 20,203.
"I saw no emotions, nothing special today," Golovkin wrote of Alvarez's victory by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 116-112. "It was a nice sparring match. Boring. They should have given more to the fans." #CaneloJacobs