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De La Hoya explains how Canelo can break down Jacobs, says Canelo can fight at 175

The Golden Boy promoter shares his thoughts on Canelo-Jacobs.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

In this video with Marcos Villegas of Fight Hub TV, Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya talks a bit about how he breaks down the Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs fight and once against drops a not-so-subtle hint that he may want Canelo to face Andre Ward. Check it out...

De La Hoya on how he would advise Canelo to fight Jacobs:

“I would tell him to study Chavez, you know? Meaning he would have to go in there, crouch down just a little bit, moving your head, and just keep treading, you know — keep going in an throw combinations. Because if you think you’re gonna outbox Daniel Jacobs it’s gonna be very difficult. It’s easier to go inside and work the body. The body is the one — you have to break him down and hopefully he’ll fall.”

On if he thinks Canelo’s counter-punching will play a big role in the fight:

“I can see that. But look, you never know what Canelo’s gonna do. You just never know. I have no clue what he’s gonna do come May 4th because he’s always changing his style. He keeps learning, he’s growing. So, yeah, we’ll see what happens.”

On what he’s seen from Jacobs in recent outings:

“He has that willpower. You know, he has that mentality of a cancer survivor, you know? Like ‘nothing’s gonna take me down.’ I mean it can be his nemesis or it can be his best friend inside the ring. Because if he thinks that Canelo doesn’t punch hard and he’s gonna want to stay in front of him, who knows, it might be an early night. But if Jacobs really does have a chin and that heart that he possesses, it can be a long night for Canelo.”

On if Jacobs’ knockout loss to Pirog demonstrates his vulnerability and if he therefore thinks Canelo will stop him:

“Well the fact that he can get hurt tells you a lot. But like you said, it was a long time ago. And Canelo’s not banking on that...He’s banking on Canelo’s skills — that’s what he’s banking on. I think Canelo has to stay focused with his game plan and stick with it. I strongly feel that when Canelo hits him with 2-3 punches, and Jacobs is still there, Canelo has to rethink and refocus, reset himself. Because I’ll tell you one thing, when you hit a guy and he’s still standing, a lot of fighters fold. A lot of fighters say ‘oh my gosh, what did I get myself into?’

On if there’s a rematch clause for this fight:

“Uhhh, rematch clause? Uhhh, no. No. No rematch clause.”

On if it’s important for him to stage a third Golovkin fight with a lot of fans still believing there’s unfinished business there:

“Absolutely. And there will be a third fight under my conditions, under Canelo’s conditions. There will be a third fight, absolutely. Canelo’s in the drivers seat, he can fight anybody from 175 all the way down to 160...including Andre Ward, if he wants to call him out, including Kovalev, including unifying the titles...”

On if they’re being serious about Canelo potentially fighting at light heavyweight:

“Call Canelo crazy but he’s not afraid of no one. I’m hesitant about it but if Canelo wants to do it, he’s gonna want to do it. And he’s the fighter and that’s why we have to respect him.”

On if he really, really expects Canelo to fight at 175:

“Why not? Why not? Absolutely.”

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