By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Daniel Jacobs didn’t expect Canelo Alvarez to agree to fight him May 4.
Jacobs figured Alvarez would choose another opponent, someone less threatening than him to the Mexican superstar’s middleweight championship reign.
The Brooklyn native was pleasantly surprised in mid-January, when Golden Boy Promotions and Alvarez accepted DAZN’s offer for their middleweight title unification fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I was very surprised,” Jacobs said before a press conference Wednesday in Manhattan, “because when you think about when people say, ‘star power,’ and they want mega-fights, you know, sometimes I’m left out of the equation because I know I’m more of a threat than people consider a superstar to make major profit off of in major fights. So, my hat’s off to Canelo for accepting this fight because I really didn’t think we were gonna get it. You know, as much as I pushed for it, in the back of my mind I always felt that some way, some shape or form that it was gonna fall through.
“Whether it was them low-balling me, whether it was a weight situation, or whatever the case may be. It could’ve been several reasons why it would’ve fell though. And me being the champion, I always wanted to make sure that I had the respect that I deserve. So, when everything across the board made sense for me, I signed my part of the deal. And as soon as I got the word that Canelo signed his contract, I was jumping for joy.”
The 28-year-old Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) is listed by most Internet and Las Vegas sports books as a 3-1 favorite over the 32-year-old Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs). They’ll fight for Alvarez’s WBA and WBC 160-pound championships, as well as Jacobs’ IBF middleweight crown.
After a stop Wednesday at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square, their three-city press tour will continue Friday in Los Angeles and Monday in Mexico City. They’ll then head to their respective training camps for two months, before traveling to Las Vegas for fight week.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.