Danny Jacobs: I see Flaws in GGG but his Power is Tremendous

Daniel Jacobs           
Hey, guys, how are you? All is well. I'm very excited. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me, being back at after another tremendous knockout and I plan to continue that streak. Although I'm not predicting a knockout I do believe I'll be able to get the victory on fight night and it's going to exciting. I'm very excited.
 
O. De La Hoya         
Thank you very much, Daniel. And we can now open it up for questions from the media, thank you.
 
Q
Could you ever have imagined that you'd be in a position like you'll be next Saturday to not only fight in your hometown arena, but also to get in the ring and challenge for a belt?
 
D. Jacobs       
Absolutely not. That was the furthest thing in my mind. I had hopes and aspirations of one day again being able to get back to the ring at the Barclays Center. Once I found out that the Barclays Center would have a fight, that was my biggest drive and my biggest motivation was to just participate there in that first event, that inaugural event.
 
But to have this opportunity to have a world championship a year and a half, two years later I never would have thought this would be possible, let alone to happen in my backyard. To be able to perform in front of my fans and my family who have been there during my struggles, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Seriously, I really can't wait for fight night. It's going to be like a dream come true for me.
 
Q
Do you think that you and members of your family are going to be able to contain the emotion after everything that you have been through in the last couple of years?
 
D. Jacobs       
Absolutely not. I think about it all the time. I envision melf with my hand being raised and, of course, your vision is the announcer saying, "And the new..." I get emotional just thinking about it. So, for me that night and for my family, that will be a night to remember if we have our hand raised in victory. And it will be historical. I never would have dreamed of this opportunity to have in the fight for the WBA Championship in my backyard. This is truly an honor.
 
Q
What's the difference between the Daniel Jacobs that perhaps was a little green to be fighting in your previous championship opportunity compared to the Daniel Jacobs of today who, even though you were ill and gone through a lot physically, to be on track to get in the fight next Saturday?
 
D. Jacobs       
Well, I think I'm a lot wiser in how I train and how I conduct my training camp and the fact that I had to alter my diet for the cancer allowed me to have a healthier body and healthier lifestyle to be able to maintain a good training camp and maintain a good body to be able to perform at an elite level.
 
At that time I wouldn't say I took it for granted, but I don't think I had the best training for that particular fight. I'm a lot wiser, I'm a lot stronger and my mental state is at an all-time high, especially going through what I've gone through I feel like I'm not invincible, but I also feel like the only person that could stop me inside that ring is myself.
 
Q        
Do you have any thoughts or opinions about the fact that whoever wins the fight next Saturday is going to get handed a belt that another guy really has a claim to and that basically you're the secondary champion of that particular organization or does that not make a difference because they're giving you a title?
 
D. Jacobs       
It doesn't matter to me. I mean, a champion is a champion. A secondary champion or the first champion it doesn't matter to me. I have an opportunity to fight for a world championship. It's not my job to make the belt. It's not my job to put myself in a position to fight for the belt. It's just my job to really go in there and just be ready to fight whoever they put in front of me and whatever title we get, I'm very grateful for it.
 
Whether they call me a paper champion or a real champion, I am the champion because each and every time I go inside that ring I give it my all and that's pretty much all I have to say about that.
 
Q
What do you know about Jarrod Fletcher and how do you deal with his style if you know anything about it?
 
D. Jacobs       
Initially I really didn't know too much about his style so I had to YouTube some of his fights to get a gist of how he fights and his movements and things of that nature. To me it seems as if he's an in-and-out type of guy, his nickname is "Left Jab" and I can tell that he uses that a lot from looking at his fights.
 
I know he plans on boxing and moving and using the combinations and going the full 12 rounds come August 9. But for the most part, myself as a champion I feel like what a champion does is adjust to any style. I've had over 150 amateur fights and I fought all different types of styles from the national to international level, so I don't think that there's going to be anything in there that he could project that I haven't seen thus far and if there is, it's just my job and my duty to go ahead and adjust and do my best to get the victory.
 
Q
How much pressure is there for you from a personal standpoint to continue performing at Barclays Center and to look good given that you could be fighting a guy who could make the fight look ugly?
 
D. Jacobs       
Well, I just have to be a superhero that night. I've trained and through my training we gave it our all and we always put it in the back of my mind that I have to be a superhero and that I have to perform at an elite level. So, that's already instilled in my mind.
 
There's no pressure, there's not a lot of pressure for me to go out there and try to knock the guy out. I have the ability to box, I have the ability to move and I do have the ability also that if I hurt someone I can get the job done and get them out of there. So, I'm just looking forward to putting on a show, whether it's a full 12 rounds of just hands flying, combinations, putting punches together or if it's a devastating knockout, but I look forward to going in there and giving it my best and I believe my best will give me the victory.
 
Q
Are you a believer in destiny, that all things happen for a reason and that this is the real story that needs to be told in your career?
 
D. Jacobs       
Absolutely. I'm a believer of that 100 percent. We have our own plans and we have our own goals set up for us, but it don't roll out the way we see, but we just have to stick through it. And I do feel like everything that I've been through God is molding me to be all that I could be, possibly August 9, and that's a world champion.
 
I do feel like that loss wasn't in vain and I do feel like this is all molding me and setting me up to be a superhero come August 9 and further from there. So, it's an opportunity of a lifetime and I look forward to taking full advantage of it.
 
Q
What are your thoughts on the possibility of fighting Golovkin in the immediate future?
 
D. Jacobs       
I think it will be huge. But for me, how I look at it is I'll just be the champ, I'll just be being crowned champ, it's an opportunity that I would love to have to fight him. I also think that he's already a superstar and I think I want to have the opportunity to be a superstar myself. So, I think that if I can maybe get a couple of fights, maybe Peter Quillin or someone like that and then go up to Golovkin, that's something that I would look forward to doing.
 
But initially right after the win, I mean, I'm not really in control of who I fight. But if I had it my way I would probably get me a couple of fights just to solidify that spot and to secure my name and be considered a superstar in the division and a big play in the division as well so we can go ahead and make the fight the way we both can get what we deserve for that particular fight.
 
Q
What did you think of Golovkin's performance Saturday night?
 
D. Jacobs       
I think his performance was great. I think what everyone else thinks. I think that the hype is real only in the sense that he's doing what he's supposed to do. Whether or not I believe in the hype, that's a different story. I see flaws in his game, but his power is tremendous and Mike Tyson used to say you can have all the game plan in the world until you get hit and that changes your whole perspective.
 
You definitely have to be aware of his power, but I do see a whole lot of flaws in his game as far as his defense and his ability just to deflect and his ability to move his feet and being flat-footed. So, if there is a possibility that we can fight I'll look forward to it.
 
Q
What do you know about Fletcher? What does he do well, especially for people who haven't really seen much of him and what do you think of his ability?
 
D. Jacobs       
I think the key thing that he does well is use his jab and he moves pretty good with his combinations. But he's definitely something that I haven't seen before and he's going to try to box and use his movement.

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