LAS VEGAS -- Canelo Alvarez sought to out-box a boxer. He did that, and in the end, he also conquered a significant size disadvantage.
Alvarez added a third middleweight belt to his collection Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena by defeating Daniel Jacobs by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.
In taking Jacobs' International Boxing Federation belt, Alvarez (52-1-2) was especially sharp in piling up early rounds. Jacobs, perhaps 20 pounds bigger, answered in the later rounds, but Alvarez didn't wilt and leaned on his strong uppercuts and power to close the show.
"It was just what we thought. We knew he was going to be a difficult fighter but thank God, we did things the right way, what we were going to do," Alvarez said. "It was just what we thought because of the style of fight that he brings, but we just did our job."
Asked if he hopes to fight Gennady Golovkin a third time, Alvarez was ambivalent.
"No, for me, it's over," he said. "But if the people want another fight, we'll do it again, and I'll beat him again.
"That's why I'm here. That's what I was born for. To fight. To defend what's mine. I'll fight anyone."
Jacobs had been slapped with a $1-million penalty Saturday morning after weighing 173.6 pounds, exceeding his fight-day weight limit of 170. Alvarez, with a purse of around $35 million, picked up the extra cash at the expense of Jacobs, who had been in line to make about $12 million.
"I didn't feel any different. I'm just a naturally big middleweight. I made the sacrifice of coming in 173 and paying a hefty fine for it, but end of the day, I made sacrifices," Jacobs said. "I got the short end of the stick, but to my fans, to all my survivors out there who appreciate me and my story for what I represent, I thank you. The journey is not over."
The fight started slowly with Jacobs (35-3) jabbing and Alvarez aiming at the body. Alvarez accelerated his work in the second round, backing Jacobs with a right hand to the head, brushing off jabs and closing with a scoring jab and uppercut that pained Jacobs.