Arum: Jacobs Can Beat GGG, Canelo Can’t
Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum has a lot of respect for unified middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and views him as one of the best fighters in the world.
This coming Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, Golovkin will defend his titles against mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) in the main event of an HBO Pay-Per-View.
If Golovkin pulls through, he might be looking at a very lucrative opportunity in the fall – with a September showdown against Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs).
Canelo must first overcome a big hurdle, when he faces countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. That fight takes place at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds.
There are very few fighters that Arum would back to have a realistic shot to beat Golovkin – and Jacobs is one of those fighters. On the other hand, Arum believes that Canelo has absolutely no chance to beat Golovkin, and he also gives Chavez Jr. a good shots to pull off the upset on Cinco De Mayo weekend.
"First of all, Jacobs is very good fighter, a real good middleweight and as such he has a chance with everybody. But Triple G is special, he is a real destroyer. I give Jacobs a chance, but I don’t give most fighters a chance with Triple G because he’s that good, he hits real hard, and he takes a good punch," Arum told BoxingScene.com.
"Beating Triple G is a really tough task. Danny Jacobs is certainly a deserving foe, but whether he has enough to beat Triple – I’m inclined to doubt it." "If Chavez stays in line the way he has been with Nacho Bertistain, who is a great, great trainer – he has a shot with anybody. Chavez is a much better fighter than people give him credit for. If Canelo is somehow is able to beat Chavez, I give him no chance with Triple G."