WATCH: Canelo Alvarez Gets Physical at Tense Staredown

By Dazzler

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Lived Up to His Fiery Reputation When He Faced Off Against IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel Jacobs… Is He Feeling the Pressure?

He’s the most lucrative athlete on the planet right now. Even the likes of Conor McGregor isn’t earning the same amount of dough as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after the Mexican signed a frankly ludicrous $365 million deal with DAZN. He’s set to take on ‘The Miracle Man’ Daniel Jacobs in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The two men are bidding to inch closer to become the unified middleweight champion of the world. Canelo will really have to earn his money against the dangerous Daniels, who is a massive step up in competition at this weight class, compared to the Mexican’s last opponent Rocky Fielding.

Maybe he’s feeling the pressure because it all threatened to boil over at the face-offs in Las Vegas. Check out the footage below of the two champions going head-to-head and getting physical. This should be a great fight.

Tension

This is going to be intense. These men clearly don’t like each other. As you can see from the clip above, Jacobs definitely said something that stung Canelo because the Mexican boxer reacted furiously and the two men went head-to-head with a big shove. Then their teams had to pull them apart in a massive show of bravado, with Canelo looking especially angry.

We’ll see who is really the toughest of these two men when they finally fight on Saturday night.

Canelo Alvarez v GGG. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.

Advantage

Many fans of the sweet science believe that Jacobs could expose Alvarez at middleweight, in much the same was as Mikey Garcia was destroyed by Errol Spence. Jacobs is much bigger, even if he is contractually bound not to gain over 10 pounds before the fight, or face penalties. Regardless, he’s still bigger and has better footwork than Canelo, who fights as Mexican as they come.

“What I know is that I have the physical advantages, and I look forward to using my physical advantage, my reach, my height and range,” Jacobs said. “Being that I also have speed, power, and ring IQ, that’s what I feel like is going to make me victorious.”

Only time will tell whether or not this inspirational cancer survivor can become the second man – officially – to beat Oscar De La Hoya’s golden boy.

Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports

No Fear

For his part, Canelo is naturally confident. He believes that he has the tools to beat the bigger man and has no fear of his size advantage. He remains the betting favourite and points to his one-sided victory over Rocky Fielding as to why he shouldn’t be worried about fighting at this heavier weight. He brought the Brit to his knees with body blows. Jacobs is a definite step up in class though.

“He’s going to be the bigger man, but I’ve faced that before and won,” Canelo said. 

It will definitely be interesting if this one goes to the judges. We’ve seen in both fights against Golovkin, how Canelo got very lucky. Jacobs might not want this to go the full way…