De La Hoya: Jacobs Wanted Canelo Fight, GGG Didn’t
Many expected Canelo Alvarez’ return to the ring on May 4th was to be against Gennady Golovkin, especially with Oscar De La Hoya’s public declaration that he had sent Eric Gomez to begin negotiations.
That’s why many were shocked last week when Daniel Jacobs and not the former unified middleweight champion would be facing Canelo Alvarez on May 4th.
The Golden Boy founder claimed that Golovkin was dragging his feet in negotiations, and Jacobs’ team was ready to come to the table and make a deal.
“It was basically that Jacobs’ people were very motivated to make the fight. Jacobs has been very vocal in fighting Canelo Alvarez, fighting the very best, and you have to respect that. Daniel Jacobs is a fighter, he’s a warrior. We built him, we made him. I remember watching that devastating loss to Pirog, which broke my heart,” De La Hoya told Fighthype.com.
“And then I had to find out he had cancer, wrapped around his spine. And now he’s back, and the doctors said he wouldn’t walk, and he’s fighting for world titles – it’s an incredible story. I remember Danny Jacobs forever.
“When I mentioned to Eric Gomez, to forget about Triple G, that they were taking their sweet time and let’s move on… that the fight will maybe happen some time in the future. When I gave him the orders to make the fight with Jacobs, it happened instantly. They agreed to it really fast. It really has been a pleasure working with Jacobs to make this fight happen.”
Quotes Transcribed By Boxing Scene