Canelo Alvarez(WBA, WBC) and Danny Jacobs(IBF) both control all the major belts at 160, except for one. The WBO middleweight champion is Demetrius Andrade, and that is a fight that could come down the line at some point for the winner of Canelo-Jacobs, who battle on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Andrade and Jacobs are close friends, so for him personally, Andrade wants Jacobs to win on Saturday night. Regarding business, Alvarez is the cash cow of boxing. Therefore, a fight with Canelo is more lucrative for Andrade.
“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Andrade recently said about Canelo-Jacobs. “At the end of the day, I gotta look at it two ways, business, and like damn, I want to see my brother do good. At the end of the day, business is Canelo; my brother do good is Danny. Whenever, however, the best man show up wins. I’m just there to be like, next!”
Canelo is the favorite coming into this fight for many reasons, and one of those reasons could be what we have seen in the past. Alvarez seems to get the benefit of the doubt on the scorecards. Many bring up his two fights with Gennady Golovin, and even his loss to Floyd Mayweather, where Canelo was clearly dominated. However, one judge had the fight a draw. With all that being said, Andrade believes Jacobs has to do his best.
“Canelo is the face of boxing, and the middleweight division right now,” Andrade said. “He has the more popular people behind him, the judges of course. That’s what people are gonna say that’s what we’re talking about, the judges, right, and getting a fair decision. At the end of the day, you go in there, you do your best, and that’s all that matters. May the best man win. Danny gotta go in there and do what he gotta do and show how talented he is with all these things against him. You can’t let that play with your mind either.”
Jacobs can beat Canelo, but he has to be at his very best, and it has to be decisive. Anything close probably goes to Alvarez.
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