Jacobs: Canelo Never Faced an Opponent Like Cancer
The oddsmakers may have Daniel Jacobs as the underdog on May 4th, but the middleweight champion of the world doesn’t see it that way.
“This is my opportunity to prove what I have been saying, that I am the best middleweight in the world,” Jacobs said to reporters during his training camp. “Doing the impossible is not new to me. Ten years ago, I was in a wheelchair in the hospital. Fast forward to now and I’m fighting for middleweight supremacy. You can’t make this story up, and I feel like this is my destiny.”
Jacobs has overcome the odds not only in the ring, but beating cancer and feels the emotional and physical test he was put through make a fight with Alvarez seem easier in comparison. “I’ve looked death in the eyes. It happened when I was in the hospital bed with my back to the wall after doctors told me that I had cancer and would never box again,” Jacobs explained. “I’ve been through the toughest of all mental battles. I see it and feel it. Canelo hasn’t faced and beaten an opponent like cancer, but I have, so to me I am already a victor.”
“Canelo is a true champion with superstar status who has fought so many great fighters, so to step in the ring with him is an honor for me. But aside from that, my legacy is on the line here. I have so much to gain from this fight, and I look forward to doing that and giving the fans a great show. I want to be a Hall of Famer one day, and you only achieve that by fighting the best like Canelo.”
While they have a shared opponent in former unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, Jacobs believes watching Alvarez against GGG won’t help him on fight night. “To prepare for a fight, you have to study film and look at flaws and things you can exploit, but I’ve been studying Canelo for all of my career as I was a fan of him and still am,” Jacobs contended. “I know his style and I don’t need to watch his fights with Golovkin and compare them to my fight with Golovkin as every fighter is different and every fight is different. For me, it’s all about adjusting on the night because I can plan for the Canelo that fought GGG and he can be a completely different style on the night. GGG is not as fast as me and I’m bigger. I’m sharper.”
“My life and my story resonate with a lot of people all around the world, so I am not worried about becoming a bigger star, that’s not my focus. In my opinion, I am already a great person outside the ring and I set a great example for people that follow in my footsteps, especially from my neighborhood. I’m doing my job in that aspect.”