The 40-year-old was as relentless and quick as a decade ago, handing Keith Thurman his first professional loss in split-decision fashion Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden.
You’re not beating the A side — especially when it’s Saúl Canelo Alvarez — by taking off the middle rounds of a mega-middleweight fight that unified three championship belts in the division, but that’s what Jacobs did and he rightly paid for it.
Manny Pacquiao will make a secondary world title defense against Adrien Broner on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but there are far better and more desired matchups that fans want to see in the 147-pound division.
“Canelo” Alvarez was awarded a majority decision in a rematch with Gennady Golovkin, and if you were on the side that the first fight was incredibly close and impossibly difficult to score, well, this was even tougher.
It’s too bad because just when you thought momentum had swung back to a healthier version of athletes caught doping and legitimately punished in the battle against performance-enhancing drugs, backbones became brittle yet again.
The cases of Canelo Alvarez and Conor McGregor connect in a way that those who will ultimately decide their fates are well aware of the financial jackpots both represent.
It was announced Monday that Canelo Alvarez, training for his unified middleweight world title match against Gennady Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena, tested positive and has blamed tainted meat in Mexico for his dirty sample.
On a night when boxing proved the ultimate winner, when one of the most anticipated fights in history delivered in nearly every way inside the ring, it was again a sport stained by the incompetency of those employed to judge it.
Whether the wait was too long to produce the sort of classic most insist exists within the matchup will be determined Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, where a middleweight unification title fight could set the stage for other such clashes.
It appears those involved with what could prove to be one of the sport’s all-time classics in Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin have finally moved on and stopped condemning something of which they had absolutely no connection.