Jacobs tells Rosado: “I get NOTHING out of fighting you”
By Dean Berman: Danny Jacobs and Gabriel Rosado got into a brief heated discussion after the weigh-in on Thursday in Phoenix. Jacobs (35-3 29 KOs) started things off by coming up to the journeyman Rosado and thanking him for being on standby, because he was able to get an extra million after his opponent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. failed to make weight.
Rosado, 33, would like to fight Jacobs, but the feelings aren’t mutual, given Gabe’s poor record of 24-12-1, 14 KOs. Jacobs told Rosado, “I get NOTHING out of fighting you.” Rosado then asked Jacobs why’s fighting Chavez Jr. who is arguably no better off with his career. At that point, Jacobs didn’t have much to say about that, but the answer is obvious.
It’s all about the big paycheck Jacobs is getting for the Chavez Jr. fight. After this, it’s going to get a lot tougher for Jacobs when he goes up against the talented super middleweights like Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith. He probably won’t ever fight the PBC guys David Benavidez or Caleb Plant, which might be a good thing for Jacobs. Those two would give Jacobs a lot of problems.
Jacobs getting a big payday in LOW RISK fight against Chavez Jr.
Chavez Jr. has a large following, and Jacobs will be getting a big payday for fighting him tonight in a LOW risk match. It’s a perfect situation for Jacobs. He’s getting a big payday for what shapes up to be an easy fight for him on paper.
Jacobs choosing to gloat about the money he’s making for the fight seemed to upset Rosado, especially with the way he made it seem like Gabe was a tool to make that happen. It’s unclear how much Rosado is making to fight on the Jacobs-Chavez Jr. undercard, but it’s unlikely anywhere near what Jacobs is getting.
Rosado (24-12-1, 14 KOs) was added to the card by Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn as a standby in case Chavez Jr. wasn’t allowed to fight due to his suspension with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and also if he failed to make weight. Unfortunately, Chavez Jr. didn’t make the contract weight of 168 lbs in coming in at 172 3/4 lbs during Thursday’s weigh-in.
Hearn was able to save the card by changing the contracted weight for the fight to 173, but Chavez Jr. reportedly had to pay a $1 million weight penalty out of his $3 million purse.
Chavez Jr. (51-3-1, 33 KOs) and former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Jacobs are the main event on Friday night’s card LIVE on DAZN at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rosado is fighting little known journeyman Humberto Gutierrez Ochoa (33-8-2, 22 KOs) in a 10 round fight on the Jacobs vs. Chavez Jr. undercard tonight.
Rosado and Jacobs clash backstage
Jacobs: “I want to thank you, because if you weren’t my replacement, I wouldn’t have gotten that extra M [$1 million] in the bank.”
Rosado: “Handle your business, but you’re corny though.”
Jacobs: “You would never step foot in the ring with me. You know why? Because you don’t deserve it.”
Rosado: “Really? What makes you think that?”
Jacobs: “Because of your record.”
Rosado: “You been inside, and you saw what happened when I fought Kid [Chocolate Quillin]”
Jacobs: “Okay, that’s Kid Chocolate. What about the rest of the [guys that beat you?]. What about the times you got knocked out?”
Rosado: “Who knocked me out?
Jacobs: “David Lemieux never knocked you out?”
Rosado: “[Sergio] Mora dropped your dumb a–. Look at my record. No one ever knocked me out.”
Jacobs: “I get nothing out of fighting you.”
Rosado: “Then why are you fighting Chavez?”
Jacobs: “I get nothing out of fighting Chavez? Look, good luck to you tomorrow with whoever it is you’re fighting. I just want to say thank you, Bro. You got me an extra M [million]. You the man, Bro.”
Rosado: “You’re still a nut.”
Jacobs: “Your game is gone, but we can spar though. If you want to spar, we can put some.”
Rosado: “We can do it right here.”
Jacobs: “I gave you your opportunity in Vegas. Don’t front me. I gave you your opportunity when I said to smack me. You said, ‘Let’s not do this right here.’ Why do you want to do that? Thank you for that extra M though. You the man, bro.”
Gabe Rosado with too many losses
With 12 defeats on his record, Rosado isn’t in the position to get a fight against Jacobs at this late stage in his 13-year professional career. It doesn’t matter that Jacobs is coming off of a loss to Canelo Alvarez last May, the fact of the matter is the two fighters are on different levels career-wise right now.
Rosado lost his last fight against Maciej Sulecki by a close 10 round unanimous decision last March in Philadelphia. There’s a huge difference between Rosado losing to Sulecki, and Jacobs getting beaten by Canelo.
Here are the fighters that Rosado has lost to during his long 13-year career:
- Alfredo Angulo
- Gennadiy Golovkin
- Peter Quillin
- Martin Murray
- Willie Monroe Jr.
- Jermell Charlo
- David Lemieux
- Fernando Guerrero
- Dereck Ennis
- Joshua Onyango
- Chris Gray
Jacobs: I’m not going to let no man disrespect me
“In the end, it’s the good guy that always gets clowned, and is always made a fool of, but I’m not going to have any of these guys disrespect me,” said Jacobs. “At the end of the day, this is boxing. So there’s going to be tension.
“These guys want the opportunity to prove themselves that they’re the best. Gabe Rosado was a last minute replacement, and now he’s a bit bitter because of his position,” said Jacobs.
“So now he’s trying to ruffle my feathers. I’m a professional, and I’m going to give him a little bit, but I’m not going to back down to no man. But at the same time, I’ve got to focus on the job I got to do tomorrow,” said Jacobs.
‘The Miracle Man’ Jacobs is on the downside of his career, and he’s failed when he’s stepped it up at the elite level. Canelo, Golovkin and Dmitry Pirog beat him. Although Jacobs has beaten a number of good fighters during his career, he’s come up short when he’s fought the best.
Now that he can no longer make weight for the 160-lb weight class without weakening himself in the process, he’s chosen to move up to 168. This is a more of a tactical move though, as Canelo is now fighting at 168, and Golovkin is expected to move up to that weight class as well soon.
If Jacobs stays at 160, he would be faced with the prospects of fights against Derevyanchenko, Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade. Those would be tough fights for Jacobs, and the money might not be worth the risk involved.
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