Alex Luces reporting from New York: The final press conference was held Thursday afternoon at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY ahead of Saturday’s night of pro boxing in the Big Apple. In the main event Danny Garcia defends his WBC and WBA light-welterweight titles against Zab Judah while WBO middleweight champ Peter Quillin makes the first defence of his title against Fernando Guerrero.
Guerrero said he is fighting for history as his country has never had a middleweight champion. He also hopes to give a special someone a marvelous gift after Saturday’s fight.
"All of my family lives in D.R., except for one," Guerrero said. "On the 10th (of May), I will pick up my mother. I finally got her papers."
While he also hopes to take the title back home to his native country, he also had a message for his family living there.
"All, don’t worry, I’m a professional. I know what I’m doing. I’m 26 (years old) and I’m living my life. I’m returning there with the title," he said.
IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins made it clear who he is picking this Saturday night in the main event.
"I’m picking Danny Garcia to win, what are you talking about I’m from Philadelphia, that’s my guy," Hopkins said matter of factly.
"I believe that he has the youth behind him, he has also the abilities and the ingredients to make a good recipe. Not only his power but he grew so fast right after the Amir Khan fight.
"I think at the end it will be a test of what makes and breaks Garcia with the win."
Hopkins also hinted at his own future inside the ring.
"I’m looking to be back here by July 14. I have agreed upon a mandatory prior to fighting Cloud. I can’t mention other than a super fight at the end of the year with a super name, that’s my goal.
"And if I run out of time before the end (of the year) then I’ll wait until next year."
"That’s what Golden Boy tried to do, make me look like I’m 90 years old. That’s crazy," Judah said when asked about the clear difference in his facial features from the official banner to the press conference banners.
And while still angry about the treatment he received during the entire press conference, Judah was still very confident.
"When I win Saturday night, we’re going to block the streets of Flatbush off and we’re gonna have a party all in New York City."
April 26, 2013