"I wasn't even listening," said Jacobs, who is managed by Mickey Duff. "I have got respect for what Whitaker's done, but I won't have any respect for him when I get into the ring. I'm only interested in winning. I don't think he can fight for three minutes of a round any more."
This will be the 31-year-old Whitaker's 17th world title fight and in 13 of them he has met another world champion or a No 1 contender.
In preparation for the fight, Jacobs has been training since 1 June and his work in the Catskill mountains in New York state has been outstanding in its intensity and dedication.
Morris Lewis, Jacobs' trainer, said: "Whitaker's no Mike Tyson that's for sure. He's a flash fighter and a flash fighter someday comes unstuck."
Unfortunately for British boxing, it still points to a Whitaker distance win, but somebody as capable, determined and strong as Jacobs cannot be written off.Reuse content