Feel good stories in professional sports seem to bring reality into a world that alot of people believe is privileged and without tribulation. When Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-2, 29KO’s) steps in the ring to face Luis Arias (18-0, 9KO’s) this coming Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, the huge scar going down the middle of Jacobs’ back is a constant reminder that life can somehow dump tons of obstacles on a road that seemed to be as clear as the eye could see.
In 2011, Jacobs was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer that could not only paralyze, but potentially kill the confident young boxer from the tough streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. Even as Jacobs went through treatment, his faith and spirit would not allow him to feel defeated. Now cancer-free, Jacobs has become one of the more likeable fighters in the world. His humble demeanor should not be confused with his extreme confidence and will to win. People in my age bracket and above would call Jacobs an old soul.
During a group interview before his fight against Gennady Golovkin, I was able to ask Jacobs, “what were some of the influences that helped mold you into the man you are today?” “I do and say everything as if my Grandmother was still with me, I was taught that when I’m in public I represent my entire family” , said Jacobs. He also stated, “I would love to be the King of New York”. With great fighters such as Miguel Cotto, Vasyl Lomachenko and Gennady Golovkin becoming fan-favorites in New York City, Jacobs knows he has to have an impressive victory this Saturday night in his first fight since that tough loss to Golovkin in March.
For Jacobs, the thought of becoming one of the all-time greats in the ring has been a dream that he continues to strive for everyday. As for becoming a great man outside the ring…mission accomplished. Check out Jacobs vs. Arias live on HBO on Nov. 11th at 10 p.m.ET. Photo courtesy of Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing.