Canelo Alvarez talks about the challenge that comes with facing someone like Daniel Jacobs.
Alvarez has faced a number of former world champions, from Gennady Golovkin to Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Miguel Cotto and more, but will have another challenge when he takes on Jacobs on May 4. Jacobs, often regarded as one of the best middleweights in the world, does bring a distinct size advantage over Alvarez and carries considerable power, winning 29 of his 35 victories by knockout. Regardless of Jacobs' physical tools, Alvarez is confident of his abilities when it comes to adapting to his opponent's skillset.
“Yes, I have fought a lot of different styles including future HOF’ers, but Jacobs is a little different. He brings a lot of abilities and talent. It’s much more difficult. But that’s what we prepared and trained for, to come out with our hands raised Saturday night. I have the experience. I’ve fought taller fighters, longer, bigger. That’s what we prepared for. We had the right sparring partners, with similar styles. I have the ability to adapt to any fighter, and that’s what I’m prepared to do," Alvarez said during the grand arrivals during fight week.
While the fight between Alvarez and Jacobs is certainly one capable of producing fireworks, there is always the possibility of either man scoring a knockout. Speaking on the possibility of the Mexican superstar knocking out Jacobs, Alvarez responded that he could achieve that if the opportunity presents itself. However, his focus is simply picking up the win, regardless if it comes from a knockout or from needing the judges to score the bout.
"Look, nothing’s impossible in life and much less in boxing. I’m prepared. If the KO is there, believe me, I’m going to get it. And if not, I’m prepared for whatever, including going 12 rounds," Alvarez said.
Fightful will have live coverage of the entire card, taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The winner of the main event will walk away as the unified WBA "Super," WBC and IBF middleweight champion.