During the January 26 boxing card from Houston that was streamed on DAZN, De La Hoya was asked by Chris Mannix how the fight between Alvarez and Jacobs was made. De La Hoya claimed a recent tweet he sent telling Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez to start negotiations for a trilogy fight between the two middleweight stars was actually more of a lure to get Jacobs and promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing to quickly find a way to get the middleweight title unification.
“It was last-second, at the 11th hour. One night, I was tweeting and I thought to myself, ‘How am I going to make this fight happen?’ and I send out a tweet that we’re going to talk to GGG to make the third fight happen. Jacobs’ promoter, Matchroom Boxing, called Eric Gomez, the president the next day and said, ‘You have a fight with Jacobs.’ My plan worked and now we have one of the best middleweight fights in recent years,” De La Hoya said.
Jacobs, the current IBF middleweight champion, will be fighting for the first time since winning the title back in October. As far as how De La Hoya sees the fight on paper, he believes it is an even match, calling it a 50-50 fight.
“It’s a 50-50 fight. It’s a tough fight. He’s what they call ‘The Miracle Man,’ coming back from cancer, coming back from getting knocked down. He has a lot of heart and that’s very dangerous when you have a fighter like Jacobs. He has power, strength, speed, but most importantly, willpower,” De La Hoya said.
Both Alvarez and Jacobs are set to headline a DAZN card from a venue to be announced soon. The fight, taking place on May 4, will set to unify the WBA “Super,” WBC and IBF middleweight titles.