CANELO ALVAREZ VS. DANIEL JACOBS PRESS CONFERENCE

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. DANIEL JACOBS PRESS CONFERENCE

In New York City on Wednesday afternoon at the Hard Rock Cafe, a multi-city press tour kicked off announcing the huge champion vs. champion unification fight between WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight Titlist Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2) and IBF Middleweight Titlist Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2) on Cinco De Mayo weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ahead of traveling to Mexico City (Mar. 1) and Los Angeles (Mar. 4), the two fighters faced off on stage and shared their thoughts before the grueling days of training camp begin.

Below is what today’s participants had to say at the press conference.

CANELO ALVAREZ

“I’ve always liked challenges, and this is not an exception. We know what Daniel Jacobs brings: his ability, his qualities, his talent. He knows how to move well in the ring. We’ll do what we always do to prepare ourselves to the fullest and to give the fans a great fight. This is not going to be an exception and we’re going to come out with our hands raised.”

How is he preparing to take down a bigger fighter like Jacobs? “We know his style is going to be very difficult, very complicated, but at this level, that’s what you have to face. We’re prepared, we’re going to train, and we’re going to work for whatever he’s going to bring.”

What’s his prediction? “Anything can happen. We’ll go in there looking for the knockout but prepare for the 12 rounds, expecting the unexpected. We’re ready for it.”

DANIEL JACOBS

“Much respect to Golden Boy and Canelo for accepting this fight. You’re a true champion and stepping in with another champion says a lot. I tip my hat off to you but I’m looking for a tremendous fight for the fans. Obviously my legacy is on the line. His legacy is already well-established so, for me, it’s about capturing all the titles and solidifying my legacy for my own right.”

“I never ever had it easy. I always had the long road, had to jump over hurdle after hurdle after hurdle, and when I step into the ring May 4th, that will be the last hurdle I ever have to step over because I will be declared the unified middleweight champion of the world. We have worked so hard for this moment.”

On everyone saying they’re going to beat Canelo but only one man ever succeeding; how is he so confident he’ll win?: “If you understand, boxing styles make fights. You can’t automatically think that because he defeated Golovkin, he’ll beat me. Physically I’m the bigger man. Golovkin was bigger than him and I’m bigger than Golovkin. Rocky was the biggest fighter that Canelo has faced, but he didn’t possess the skill set that I have. So, that’s the difference.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO

“This fight is important because it will feature two world champions who will unify their titles to demonstrate who is the best at 160 pounds. This battle is also significant because it features two of the most resilient fighters in the history of the sport.”

“The best part about this event is it will be streamed live on DAZN. With DAZN, you can watch anytime, anywhere. Together with DAZN, we’re committed to making boxing more accessible and affordable for all fans, without the price of pay-per-view.”

“May 4 will be a historic night for Golden Boy and we expect a great performance by our champion Canelo as he delivers a great victory.”

EDDIE HEARN, Matchroom Boxing Managing Director

“This is an amazing moment for DAZN and fight fans. For a long time, you’ve been paying a lot of money for the super fights and that’s really about to change.”

“We have to give a huge amount of credit to Canelo and Oscar and the team. They know how tough this fight is. You see just a little bit of worry…isn’t it great that we have a super fight? Isn’t it great that we have a moment in this sport when two great champions could come together?”

“For a long, long time since we signed Daniel Jacobs, he has told me three special words: ‘Bring me Canelo.’ And on May 4, he finally has the chance.”

“I have never been so confident in a 50-50 fight. I believe this young man walks with faith and I believe on May 4th, he will become the unified middleweight champion in the world. Faith is a wonderful thing and when you combine it with talent, you can’t beat it.”

Credit: Amanda Westcott / DAZN USA

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