Jacobs admits to nerves, anxiety ahead of Golovkin fight

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Danny Jacobs is hoping to turn his nervous energy into positivity when the middleweight champion tackles the number one 160 pounder in the world on Saturday night.

American Jacobs faces tough Kazakh Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden and cannot wait until the first bell rings after completing all the pre-fight formalities during fight week.

“I am feeling a lot of anxiety at this point. Getting close to the fight – nerves are flaring up and I want to be able to go and tackle greatness. I want to go into Madison Square Garden and see my family and see my friends and see everybody there for me, and I’m really just waiting for that moment,” said Jacobs.

“I am ready for my fans to be in my corner for the opening round and everyone standing up and cheering and when that first bell rings – just going at it. It’s a big opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to it.

On giving Golovkin his toughtest test, Jacobs added: “That’s the plan. We have 100% belief in our ability and the plan is to go in there and do whatever it takes to win. I know what I am capable of. I know what I’m good at. And it’s all about putting it in sync on fight night.

“ Most people would say he has a lot more power but just because he has A+ or A- power and I have B+ or B- power doesn’t mean both guys can’t go down or both guys can’t get hurt. This is boxing and it’s all about putting your punches together perfectly. I have a different type of power. I have athletic power that people can’t see. That sharpness – the big bang that hits you. It’s a different type of power. If you ask whose is better – I like mine better obviously.

“It’s just a matter of going in there and putting it together because you can have all the power but can’t do anything with it,” he added before admitting talk of Golovkin walking through him to face Canelo doesn’t really bother him.

“We don’t really talk about it. We maybe laugh about it but for anyone to make plans past this fight whether it is his team or whether it is him himself, honestly I just feel like his focus should be 100% on me. It doesn’t really add so much motivation but it just adds to it. I am self motivated and this fight is motivating in itself in what I can accomplish in fulfilling my dreams – that’s good enough for me but I think whether it is speculation or not, I just think it is foolish for one to do things like that – taking me for granted and I don’t think they want to get into that – planning before the fight happens.

“I think whatever it takes to win is what we are going to do. Floyd Mayweather always said that ‘great champions adjust’ and if we need to adjust at the moment I believe my team and I will talk in between rounds and try to make adjustments. I think I have the ability to do everything – go forwards, go backwards, and go sideways – put my punches together, put my jabs together and sit on my feet.

“I am equipped with a lot of different things and like I said before, just make sure everything is in sync on fight night.”