Los Angeles– Vicente Fernandez’s “Mexico Lindo Y Querido” echoed through the Microsoft Theater as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez entered the stage to immediately face off with the IBF World Middleweight Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs for what would be the last time until their Cinco De Mayo fight week in Las Vegas.
After touring in Jacob’s home state of New York followed by Mexico City, the Canelo vs. Jacobs press conference tour concluded in DTLA in where instead of engaging in trash talk, the middleweight champions praised each other’s accomplishments while also identifying the flaws they feel they can capitalize on when fight night comes on May 4.
As cool, calm and collected as always, Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) assured fans though he’s often the favorite, he wants them to go into his fights with the mentality that though he might lose or draw, his objective is always to deliver stupendous fights.
Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) appeared immensely confident as he told the crowd he truly believes he could be the first to send the unified middleweight champion to the canvas. After being asked what his prediction is after his bout against Alvarez, Jacobs answered his hand would be raised at the end of the night whether his victory comes by decision or knockout.
“They’ll be saying that there’s a new middleweight king of the division,” said the two-time middleweight champion. “And his name is Daniel Jacobs from Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York.”
To keep a short answer to the same question, Alvarez said headlines across Mexico would read, “Another great victory from Canelo Alvarez.”
With the Boogey Man of the middleweight division as a mutual opponent, boxing fans and analyst use each fighter’s performance against Golovkin to make predictions on their unification bout. Both of the champion’s fights against the Kazhak knockout artist were categorized as somewhat controversial, as many fans believe Jacobs edged it out against Golovkin, while the majority of boxing media had Alvarez losing in the scorecards on both matches against Golovkin.
Regardless of who you think the winner was, both Alvarez and Jacobs delivered tremendous performances and were two of the four opponents who’ve gone the distance against Golovkin. This mega-fight could bring us a step closer to having an undisputed middleweight champion as the undefeated WBO World Middleweight Champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade is also under contract with DAZN and this could facilitate negotiations.
Xicana Boxing asked Alvarez what emerged the sudden interest in title belts when he’s been vocal in the past about the belts not being essential to his legacy, to what Alvarez responded that becoming undisputed is a team objective and becoming the first Mexican to hold all belts would put him down in history.
“Eddy wants me to be unified champion,” Alvarez told Xicana Boxing. “We’re a team, right? Three heads think better than one. What I’ve always said is I want to make history, and if that’s making history, then that’s what I’m going to do.”
Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso told Xicana Boxing the objective is to go for Jacob’s body as they did against Rocky FIelding last December.
“We’re going to look for a short-distance fight,” said Reynoso. “we’re going to pressure him”
Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs at the T-Mobile Arena are now on sale here with prices ranging from $305 t0 $2,505.