Two days away and now we just hurry up and wait for the weight.
Most of the annoying chatter is done, no more queries from old print dudes and young video boys to deal with; now basically Daniel Jacobs stays on his weight trajectory and indulges in mental imaging, seeing in his mind how he’ll get the W over Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, Saturday evening on DAZN.
Jacobs’ manager Keith Connolly is also in countdown mode, though he added an extra layer for himself, with his hooking on with Richard Commey. He will advise the IBF 135 champ, along with existing manager Michael Amoo-Bediako, a Brit, and Connolly said that next week, he will look to have some meetings and work to hash out what’s next for Commey.
The Ghana boxer, who now lives in NYC, was to have clashed with Vasiliy Lomachenko, for Loma’s April date, but a hurt hand held Commey back. The paw is now good and he’s working out again with trainer Andre Rozier.
So the focus is on Jacobs, who met Connolly when he was 15. The advisor is of the belief that we will see the best version of the Brooklyn boxer Saturday. And why is that?
“Anytime he’s the underdog, like he was against GGG, he’s fought at his best. Cornered Danny is the best Danny,” Connolly told me via the phone from Vegas. “He knows he’s the underdog, and while he doesn’t believe he should be, the odds are, he’s the underdog. The odds are working to his advantage!”
He said yes, the rematch clause is in the contract; if Canelo wins, he has the option to fight Danny again. And if Danny wins, the contract says Canelo can look to try and get his crowns right back.
“The main thing is, Danny is definitely not overwhelmed by the promotion, he’s embracing it, he’s so excited for Saturday; again, when Danny is the underdog he always shows his best.”
Some ink has been dripped regarding the rehydration structure Team Canelo has inserted into the contract.
“It’s Golden Boy and Canelo trying to get every advantage they can,” Connolly said.
The morning of the fight at 8 am, Jacobs will be asked to step on a scale, and he can’t be over 170 pounds. Not a big deal at all, says Connolly. Jacobs will be weighing what he wants to weigh come fight time. He will be in the 175-pound range, he said.
“He was 175 for the Golovkin fight, I weighed him myself three hours before the fight.”
Since he didn’t ingest much of anything after that, the advisor said he might have weighed less than 175 pounds when stepping to the line at MSG versus GGG..
“It might’ve been lower, so the talk about him being 190 is BS!”
Mark your calendar — Jacobs will be stepping on the scale 6 pm ET, 3 pm Vegas time on Friday.
Readers, talk to me. What do you make of the weight, the size differential? Is that sort of much ado about not all that much? Or are you thinking that on fight night, Danny’s size and frame will give him a pronounced edge over the Mexican?
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