By Miguel Rivera
WBC, WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez views himself and Daniel Jacobs, who holds the IBF's world title, as the two best fighters in the middleweight division.
They are set to collide, with all three belts at stake on May 4th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo and Jacobs share a common opponent - former unified champion Gennady Golovkin.
Canelo fought Golovkin to a controversial twelve round draw in 2017, and then won a close twelve round majority decision in the rematch in 2018.
Jacobs lost a close decision to Golovkin in March 2017 - but Jacobs disputes the scores and believes he did enough to win - and Canelo agrees with him.
The two fighters just wrapped up a three city tour with stops in Mexico, New York and Los Angeles.
"We are the two best fighters at 160 pounds and that's the truth. He is a world champion, he is a great fighter and making the fights between the best against the best is my goal," Canelo said.
Some believe Jacobs will be a more difficult opponent for Canelo than Golovkin was. Jacobs is physically bigger than Golovkin, who is physically bigger than Canelo.
After reviewing his fights, Canelo views Jacobs as being a more complete fighter than Golovkin.
"He is a difficult opponent to see his weaknesses because he is a complete fighter, who thinks in the ring, who knows how to handle the ring, has two guards, but obviously we are going to cover all of our bases," explained Canelo.
"Eddy [Reynoso] knows what we're going to do and I just have to obey his orders and if I have to improvise then I'll improvise."
Canelo wants to become the undisputed world champion at middleweight in 2019. Should he beat Jacobs, there will be one champion remaining in the form of WBO middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade.