LAS VEGAS – Re-affirming its status as a world unified middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez defeated Daniel Jacobs by a unanimous decision on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena. With the victory, Canelo added a third title to his huge collection of belts.
Let's break the biggest questions that came as a result of Saturday.
Although we were promised Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns, what was achieved was just a chess game with pockets of continuous action.
Canelo boxed effectively for large pieces of the bout, complementing the many more Jacobs (which earlier in the morning did not comply with the 10-pound hydration limit under contract) and managing things by getting on well. For the first two-thirds of the battle, the Canelo was landing the harder, cleaner fists and winning whatever exchanges took place.
This was much more of a boxing game than a battle.
What next for Canelo?
The most natural battle would be a third game around with Gennady Golovkin, after fighting a split in 2017 and winning a majority decision last September. While there may be some fatigue with this special battle, can you name an honest better matshp at £ 160? Or one that will attract so much commercial interest?
No, you can not. You get the feeling that there is still an unfinished business between the two.
Making this battle is a real possibility, as they have both aligned with DAZN and it seems one very easy to do.
What are other Canelo options?
There is the possibility of facing Demetrius Andrade, whose WBO title remains in the middle weight that Canelo does not have. But the reality is "Boo Boo" is the right definition of high risk / low reward. Our athletic, energetic, skilled duo, who can slip smoothly around the circle and has never been particularly careful about making pleasant efforts. That is, our younger version, more Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara.
You could argue that if Canelo faced Trout and Lara green – who was annoying him about 12 rounds – why would he not have a more polished version of him facing Andrade? If you're really researching Andrade's record, you could make an argument against the battle.
Fast: Name gain Andrade. See, that's the point.
But styles are fighting, and Andrade has the physical features to make life difficult for Canelo.
This matrix seems unlikely – for now – but Canelo has always been an ambitious fighter. He doesn't want to make money (he makes enough of it), he also wants to create history. Perhaps the combination of capturing each of the four main belt would counterbalance the perceived risk of facing Andrade.
For its value, Canelo said at the news conference after the battle that its goal is to unite the department and fight whoever has a title.
Canelo is the best middleweight?
At the moment, that is probably a rhetorical question.
Not only is it considered to be the best middleweight on the planet, but with victories over Trout, Lara, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Golovkin and Jacobs now, Alvarez has one of the most impressive in each boxing. You can argue that he has received favorable treatment from the judges, but it's hard to deny how he has developed as a boxer around.
It's going to take a very good fighter on a very good night to beat Canelo, 28, which is fine in his physical thickness and shows more technical aspects out all the time.
He is the brightest star in boxing. And it looks like it's going to shine for a while.