The May 4th middleweight title fight between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Danny Jacobs could be another squeaky tight decision that splits the fans, or damages Canelo's reputation further. It is hard to see a stoppage in this fight. It could be a fight of the year candidate though.
Alvarez will be trying to make the fans and media forget about his failed drugs test in the build-up to his rematch with former champion Gennady Golovkin. Because the powers that be treat failed tests as if they are only blips, big money fights are allowed to go ahead and cheaters can profit from their wrongdoing.
Team Canelo has always refuted claims of cheating by saying that the traces of Clenbuterol in the Mexican's system were there due to him eating beef that had been contaminated with the substance.
Canelo is the sport's biggest active moneymaker, he has a huge Hispanic fan base and he is great to watch, a real talent. What makes him the superstar he is though is the fact that he will fight the best, just line 'em up.
In Danny Jacobs, Canelo is meeting a man at the height of his powers, a big, powerful middleweight who can box with the best boxer and punch with the best puncher. Jacobs March 2017 match against Gennady "GGG" Golovkin was the first time that Kazakhstan born 160lber had needed to hear the final bell in his previous 23 bouts. GGG's 9-year knockout streak brought to an end, even though Jacobs did hit the canvas in the 4th round.
The 32-year-old Daniel "Miracle Man" Jacobs story is one that inspires him to great deeds inside the ring if you can beat cancer, how could you believe a man can beat you? Jacobs is a walking miracle.
On May 4th at The T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas, we will see two of the very best middleweights contest Canelo's WBC and WBA titles and Jacobs IBF version in a fight that has no easy to pick winner. Canelo is the betting favourite, but if you were to imagine that Golovkin did win both of their fights, then the flame-haired Mexican hasn't ever beaten any of the world's best middleweights unless you include his May 2017 win over a faded and weight drained Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and the much smaller Miguel Cotto in 2015.
Canelo still has a point to prove here. He should be admired for his willingness to face Jacobs in a unification bout, and a good win without controversy will go a long way to cement his place in the sport of boxing, but if we get another dubious decision from the judges in Canelo's favour and in his home from home arena in Las Vegas, it will do immeasurable damage to him, his promoters Golden Boy and far more importantly, the sport of boxing.
Fingers crossed we get the fight of the year candidate without and controversy.