The Miracle Man makes his return to the desert after almost 10 years.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faces Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs on May 4th at the T-Mobile Arena.
The venue hosted both Canelo vs, GGG fights and is a favorite for both Alvarez and his promoter, Golden Boy.
The fight is a 12-round battle for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine, and IBF Middleweight World Titles. It will stream on DAZN as part of Canelo’s historic deal with the subscription-based service.
“I’m excited to return to T-Mobile Arena for a fifth time,” said Alvarez via statement.”I inaugurated this arena to boxing at an international level, and it’s a place where I have had some of my biggest fights. This fight against Daniel Jacobs will not be the exception. I am ready to capture another world title in front of a packed house, listening to the unconditional support of the fans in attendance, and also for those who will watch this fight through the screens of a huge platform in DAZN. I want it so when people talk about T-Mobile Arena, they say that is where Canelo Alvarez fights.”
Alvarez has dominated this weekend ever since the retirement of Floyd Mayweather, who relished in the “Money May” references.
The Miracle In The Desert
For Daniel Jacobs, its a return to a market he hasn’t fought in in almost 10 years. This will also be his first appearance in the T-Mobile arena.
“I’m thrilled that this huge night has landed in Las Vegas,” said Jacobs via statement. “I made my debut there in 2007, but I haven’t boxed there for nearly nine years. Scheduling the biggest fight of my career at T-Mobile Arena is the perfect occasion to return to the bright lights and shine on a massive stage. Canelo is a champion and he’s fought the best so it’s an honor for me to face him, and of course it’s a brilliant fight for the fans. But my legacy is on the line and I have a lot to gain – I want to be a hall of famer one day, and this is the sort of fight that will get me there.”
In addition, it will be the first fight for DAZN in Las Vegas.
The company, which is based in New York and the U.K., is beginning to spread into “the fight capital of the world”. With Canelo a huge star in Mexico, the destination has always been ideal for Mexicans in Southern California and beyond.
“Fights of this magnitude have a home, and that home is Las Vegas,” said Golden Boy CEO & Chairman, Oscar De La Hoya. “Ever since Canelo Alvarez introduced T-Mobile Arena to boxing fans, he has hosted his biggest fights there.
Eddie Hearn, the Managing Director of Matchroom Sport and Daniel Jacobs’ promoter, echoed the sentiment.
“I’m delighted that this brilliant fight is heading to Las Vegas. We know that Canelo’s fights there on Cinco De Mayo weekend are always special, and with the size of this fight, this could be the biggest yet. Daniel has been on an impressive run since signing with Matchroom Boxing USA, and has risen to the occasion, taken three unbeaten records in his last three fights and regained his world champion status.”
Additionally, Jacob’s teammate, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is speculated to announce his title fight against Anthony Joshua soon. DAZN is looking to keep boxing fans’ schedule full of entertaining fights in 2019.