Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs: Roundup of Expert Picks for the Superfight

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. 

Expert and Pro Picks

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:


2019 Kentucky Derby odds, best predictions: Expert who has nailed 9 Derby-Oaks Doubles makes picks

Trainer Bill Mott has won more than 4,900 races, groomed one of the most talented horses in the past 40 years, Cigar, and been inducted into the racing Hall of Fame. However, one achievement that has alluded him is a win in the Kentucky Derby. That could change Saturday when Mott sends out Tacitus at Churchill Downs.

The winner of last month’s Wood Memorial, Tacitus is one of the favorites in the current Kentucky Derby odds at 8-1. He’s behind only Game Winner (9-2), Improbable (5-1), and Roadster (5-1), who are all trained by five-time Run for the Roses winner Bob Baffert. Omaha Beach originally had the best odds of any in the field, but scratched due to a breathing issue after his connections heard him coughing.

Post time for the Kentucky Derby 2019 is 6:46 p.m. ET under the legendary twin spires. With such a wide-open field entering the starting gate for the 145th running of this world-famous race, you’ll want to hear what SportsLine’s Jody Demling has to say before placing any 2019 Kentucky Derby picks of your own.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling comes into the Kentucky Derby 2019 on a mind-blowing streak: He has hit the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs nine of the last ten years. That means he held a ticket with the winners of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks nine times in the last decade. 

The Derby is just part of a highly successful betting career for Demling, who also nailed his ninth Preakness winner in 14 years at Pimlico last May. He followed that up by predicting Justify’s groundbreaking victory in the Belmont Stakes, as well as calling the winners of the Haskell Invitational, Pennsylvania Derby and Lecomte Stakes, just to name a few. He also hit last year’s Arkansas Derby and Louisiana Derby.

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