"It is just what we thought it would be", said Alvarez, who became the first Mexican champ to hold three major titles in a single division. While Alvarez checked in at 169 pounds, Jacobs was 173.6 pounds, meaning a $1 million fine of his more than $10 million guarantee. Jacobs could not load up on his punches as he is typically accustomed to doing, which allowed Canelo to go to work for much of the first half of the fight.
Alvarez said his hard work in the gym paid off and there was very little Jacobs did that came as a surprise. But the two boxers had agreed in their contract not to weigh more than 170 pounds Saturday morning and Jacobs weighed 173.6.
Jacobs, who sometimes switched between right-handed and southpaw stances, finally got something going in the sixth round with a flurry that backed Alvarez up and he continued to land more shots in the seventh, including a big left hand.
Alvarez jabbed effectively, moved his head, and as soon as Jacobs wanted to respond, his opponent was not in range.
That included the left hook in the ninth that seemed to shake Alvarez, if only for a moment.
Alvarez was aggressive from the opening bell, throwing punches with intent while Jacobs was content to try and fight from the outside while backing up most of the time.
Alvarez (52-1-2) had lost only once in his career, dropping a decision five years ago to Floyd Mayweather Jr.in a fight he acknowledged later he was not ready for.
"He's a tremendous champion, I take my hat off to him", said Jacobs - known as the "Miracle Man" after returning to the ring and becoming a champion following cancer.
Live stream: The fight will be streamed exclusively by DAZN on its app. In order to do that, he must fight and defeat WBO titlist Demetrius Andrade, who was ringside, along with ex-foe Gennadiy Golovkin, who also attended the fight. His ex-foe, Gennadiy Golovkin, was also ringside.
"I hope, actually, I'm sure there will be a third fight", he said of his potential future meeting with Alvarez.
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