One man is seen as a POSSIBLE threat to offer a challenge to the kingpin at 160, Gennady Golovkin, because of his explosivity. The other is seen as a canny pugilist who has morphed into a more fan friendly trader as he's piled on the birthdays.
Danny Jacobs is itching to climb higher mountains, where the buckets of gold are bigger and the acclaim greater. Sergio Mora seeks to show age equals wisdom and add to his title collection. They do the violent waltz Friday night, tomorrow, in PA, and on a PBC/Spike TV event.
I asked Mora's promoter, Lou DiBella, to assess the tango.
“While the younger champion is obviously the favorite in this fight, there's a storyline and Mora brought drama and action to their first meeting,” Dibella said. “I've worked with countless fighters, but the Snake is cerebral and in the top tier of professionalism. Danny has tools galore and can be explosive, but Sergio has the experience and savvy to make this interesting.”
Here is a release with quotes from a Wednesday press conference:
Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora & Robert Easter vs. Richard Commey Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos
Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday, September 9 Live
From Santander Arena in Reading, Pa. – 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
READING, PA. (September 8, 2016) – Middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs and former champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora went face-to-face at the final press conference Wednesday before their world championship rematch that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday, September 9 from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.
Also in attendance at Wednesday's event were undefeated lightweights Robert Easter and Richard Commey, who fight for a vacant world title Friday night on Spike. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features local contender Travis “My Time” Kauffman in a 10-round heavyweight bout.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, start at $20 and are on sale now via Ticketmaster.
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:
“It's an honor to be up here as the main event with these young fighters and future champions. I'm excited to be back in the ring. It's been too long but I've been training hard and I feel great.
“I'm going to do what I do best. People talk about my power, but I get my skills from the amateur system and from proving that I have the goods. I have the power in addition to the skill set. I'm planning on proving that Friday night.
“I'll be ready every round to give it my best and he better come in ready to fight. I'm excited to be here and display my skills in a new place.
“The fans are looking forward to a good fight so I hope Sergio is ready to make this an exciting battle. I'm going to show everybody my full arsenal.”
“Our last fight was on the way to being a ‘Fight of the Year,' but I busted my ankle in the second round and I couldn't continue. I've been waiting 13 months for this opportunity and I'm completely ready. This has been a fantastic training camp.
“It's time for business. People don't know what's going to happen. He has big power and I have a lot of experience and tricks up my sleeve. The later the fight goes, the better off for me.
“I'm ready for any way this fight can go. I'm excited about this fight and the fans should be excited about this fight. We're proud fighters and I can't wait to get in there.”
“This is a big opportunity and something I've wanted for my whole life. Ever since I was nine-years-old. All the hard work I've put in since I was a kid, everyone will see. I will put on a great performance
“We already were working hard before we knew we had this title shot. Someone has to pay for the work I've been putting in for 16 years in this business. On Friday night it will be another victory and another man down.”
“I'm very happy to be here and I'm thankful for this opportunity. When I first started boxing this is what I hoped for.
“This is all that I have had on my mind. This is what has motivated me for many years.
“Come Friday night I'm going to be ready to fight and I'm going to be a world champion.”