Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs aren’t worried.
The two men who hold three of the recognized world middleweight titles are ready for what lies ahead of them on May 4th, as they face off at the T-Mobile Arena.
“Look, we’re just ready for Saturday,” Alvarez said during Wednesday’s press conference. “I’ll repeat to you – I’m ready, I’m ready to continue writing history like I always have.”
“I just feel as if the thirst for this fight is at an all-time high,” Jacobs would add preparing for the biggest fight of his career.
“We are only three days away from a mega fight and it’s such a privilege to be here right before this mega showdown. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and I’m mostly excited to get in there to show the world that I am the best middleweight of my generation. I finally have an opportunity to prove it, to go against Canelo Alvarez. You guys are going to see fireworks, masterful boxing, skills, dedication, persistence, and grit, most importantly.”
When asked about the size and weight advantage Jacobs brings to the table, Alvarez, who was last seen fighting at super middleweight, is unfazed.
“I’m a fighter that’s fought all the styles,” the unified middleweight champion said to the press. “What he brings on Saturday night is going to bring the reaction out of me to counter whatever he brings.”
“In boxing, anything can happen. That’s including the knockout. If it’s there, trust me, I’m going to go for the knockout. I don’t care if he’s bigger, stronger, it’s never bothered me. I have the capability. I have the experience to overcome that and more.”
Jacobs, equally calm during fight week, feels his mind as much as his body will play a role in trying to be the only man other than Floyd Mayweather to give Alvarez a loss.
“What will take the win will simply be me being the best version of myself,” the native of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn said. “My physical advantages in itself can win me the fight, but I also have the mental capacity. I’m in my prime. I’m the only fighter Canelo has faced since Floyd Mayweather to be in his prime. I’m super confident and I’m going in there with the ability as well.”
“I’m gonna talk inside the ring and let my fighting speak for itself. To Canelo – let’s put on a good show my brother.”
When asked if his last major fight, a narrow decision loss to Gennady Golovkin, was harder to prepare for than his fight with Alvarez, Jacobs pointed towards his challenge on Saturday night as the bigger mountain to climb.
“I think mentally, Golovkin started out as the most devastating power puncher and boogeyman of the division. So mentally, he was tougher. Physically, this is much harder preparation because Canelo is very agile, he’s very fast, his offensive onslaught is at an all-time high. It’s a drastic difference. I thought I won the GGG fight and I assure you I will win this fight without controversy.”