Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs will meet on Saturday in a middleweight unification superfight that’s been hailed by many as boxing’s biggest bout of 2019 so far.
The pair will face off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the expert picks have rolled in thick and fast approaching such a highly anticipated bout.
IBF middleweight titleholder Jacobs beat Serhiy Derevianchenko via split decision in October to take the vacant belt, while Canelo will put his WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring and lineal middleweight belts on the line.
All pre-fight signs suggest Canelo will add to his collection of crowns when he returns to Las Vegas on Saturday, although there are experts out there who back “Miracle Man” for a mighty upset.
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Neither boxer is short on support heading into what promises to be a special matchup between two supreme talents. Jacobs has had 37 fights and lost only twice in his career, although Canelo’s monstrous record of 54-1-2 is practically unparalleled in today’s sport, certainly at middleweight.
ESPN writer Dan Rafael wrote that he felt the judges will play a big factor considering the panel is made up of those same names who awarded him a majority-decision victory over Gennady Golovkin in September. Rafael predicts Jacobs will last 12 rounds, but his display won’t be enough to convince on the cards, and ESPN host Max Kellerman agreed.
Boxers turned ESPN analysts Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez also backed Alvarez to triumph on Saturday, albeit by knockout and split decision, respectively.
Presenter Stephen A. Smith threw his support behind Canelo and recently said the Mexican star’s counter-punching would be key against Jacobs, who holds a three-inch reach and height advantage:
Jacobs, 32, has lost only twice in his career and is one of only five fighters who have gone the distance against former WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight champion Golovkin (a unanimous-decision loss).
Alvarez is also among that number and managed to do so on two occasions (one draw, one win), and two-time super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis ranked him at the top of the pound-for-pound charts: