SAUL “Canelo” Alvarez revealed he saw “fear” in Daniel Jacobs after the two clashed at the weigh-in for their world middleweight unification bout in Las Vegas.
The heavy-handed Mexican has previous for feuding at the pre-fight face-off after he pushed and shoved Gennady Golovkin ahead of his points victory in September.
The 28-year-old weighed in at 159.5lbs, while his American opponent clocked in exactly on the middleweight limit of 160lbs.
After the two went nose-to-nose, Jacobs wound Canelo up with a few choice words and a slight head push that the Mexican reacted instantly with a large shove.
The pound-for-pound star then had to be restrained by security as he attempted to get back at the 32-year-old before the two camps were separated.
Speaking afterwards, Canelo said: “I see fear, and that was fear right there what he did.
“For me and my people, my team and for my fans, it’s very important [to win]. This is the challenge we have, but I’m ready for it, and we’re going to win.
“I hope he tries [to take my belts], but he won’t be able to.”
I see fear, and that was fear right there what he did
Canelo on his clash Jacobs
Canelo will put his WBC and WBA belts on the line when he faces the IBF champion at the T-Mobile Arena in his first fight since beating Rocky Fielding in December.
Throughout his impressive career, Alvarez has only suffered a sole defeat to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, while Jacobs has fallen to both Golovkin and Dmitry Pirog.
The middleweight unification bout represents a huge milestone event in the career of the Miracle Man, who became a world champion after beating cancer in 2011.
He said: “Emotions flying high. I ain’t never backed down from a challenge in my life. I’m from Brownsville [in Brooklyn, New York]. I never did, and I never will.
“Listen, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. I feel like I’m the best middleweight in the world, and that m—–f—– right there, he gonna get it! Period!
“Bumping me with that big-ass head, it’s time to put on. I’m gonna talk with my fists.”
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Even though both fighters made weight, they were subject to a contractual rehydration clause Canelo demanded to be put in place to counter Jacobs’ size advantage.
The Mexican became boxing’s richest fighter after he signed a deal with sports streaming service DAZN last year.
He penned a £275m 11-fight deal with the company – which was the biggest contract in sporting history before baseball star Mike Trout claimed the record.