"There isn’t anything he can do to challenge me. No one can test me. I am testing you and you’ll fail. I come with a passion, drive, desire and will. Not just ordinary will, but the will to be champion. You saw that will in my last fight, and Soto Karass is the type of fighter that can bring that out in me again. Once that comes out, it’s over for him.
(On ability of Soto Karass to challenge him)
"He’s tough. Some people say he’s really tough. But when it comes to boxing, it takes skills. It’s nice to be tough, but tough isn’t tough enough. If you don’t have the skills, it doesn’t matter. You have to be well rounded in this sport. I showed my versatility in my last fight and I’ll show you more on Dec. 14.
"Other than Mayweather, you are looking at the best welterweights in the world (on this card). Adrien Broner is the world champ. I am the Interim Champion. Marcos Maidana is ranked No. 1 by the WBA. This division is packed. I just happen to be one of the most talented."
Jesus Soto Karass, Challenging for WBA Interim Welterweight Title
"Thank you. Especially to you, the people of San Antonio for letting me return and fight in this great city. I am excited to be back, and fighting Keith Thurman. I have seen him fight. We’ve been on the same cards before, so I know what he has and he knows what I have. Come Dec. 14, I am going to bring it. I am coming to take that title back to Los Mochis (Mexico).
"He has the same heart, but the difference is that I have bigger balls.
"I respect him but once we get into the ring, I don’t have that respect any more. My corner and myself will make adjustments once we get into the fight. I am going to war in the gym. I have bruises from the gym because I am preparing myself very well.
"Mentally, I know that I need to train hard and be ready. I need to be successful and win in order to provide for my family.
"There is no pressure. I know what I have to do. I have to attack and go to war in order to win this fight."
LEO SANTA CRUZ, Undefeated WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion
"Thank you for bringing me to Texas. I always heard that I should fight in Texas and now I am here. I am grateful to give the fans what they want and for having the chance to be seen by so many people. Thank you for putting me on big shows."
CESAR SEDA, Super Bantamweight Title Challenger
"The opportunity to fight for this world title is a big deal for me. I am going to come prepared. I am going to continue with the great tradition of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico. I know I am not the favorite. I am not fighting at home. So I am going to do everything possible to come to PR with my hand raised up."
VICTOR ORTIZ, Former WBC Welterweight Champion
"I shot a movie (’The Expendables’). I did "Dancing With Stars," but through all that, in the back of my mind, I kept telling myself that I will be world champion again and that’s why I am here.
"Enjoy these fights. We have some of the greatest fighters of this era up here, so you are in for a treat. I will be world champion again, like it or not. Step aside. I am here."
BEIBUT SHUMENOV, WBA Super Light Heavyweight World Champion
"I am excited. I am honored. I am looking forward to showing my skills."
Richard Schaefer, CEO, Golden Boy Promotions
"On Dec. 14, we have a celebration. A celebration of boxing at the highest level with the best fighters fighting the best opposition. This is what Golden Boy Promotions is all about. It also is a celebration of San Antonio. New York at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Los Angeles at the Staples Center, Las Vegas at the MGM Grand and San Antonio at the Alamodome. That’s right. San Antonio is now one of the top-four premiere destinations for boxing in the United States. And our company, in partnership with local promoters Jesse James Leija and Mike Battah, are committed to bringing big-time boxing to this market on a regular basis.
"SHOWTIME is going to continue the tradition of the best fighting the best. On Sat. Dec. 14, Santa Claus is coming to town. I want to thank my friend Stephen Espinoza, the General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports and the chairman of CBS Corporation, which is the parent company of SHOWTIME, Leslie Moonves. His commitment and passion for boxing is second to none. And he has allowed us the opportunity to stage these incredible events on SHOWTIME."
Jesse James Leija, Former World Champion and Texas boxing legend
"Between Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions, it’s possible to have great fighters to promote and bring up as champions but none if this is possible without the San Antonio fight fans."
Mike Battah, President of Leija*Battah Promotions
"As of now we have $500,000 in sales, so we know that we have brought these fights to the right city [San Antonion]. On December 14, the fight fans here will get all of the excitement they are looking for when these guys go into the ring and give their best."
Chris DeBlasio, SHOWTIME Spokesman
"Congratulations to Golden Boy Promotions, Leija*Battah Promotions and the Alamodome for coming together so quickly on this spectacular card. This fight card is truly stacked. I feel like we have been saying that a lot lately in the past two years. But this, five major fights featuring this level of talent is perhaps the best of a great bunch.
"SHOWTIME has quickly emerged as the premiere destination for big-time boxing. Through the close-working relationship between Stephen Espinoza and Richard Schaefer, SHOWTIME has become the home of the best fighters in the most competitive divisions in boxing today.
"As a result, our subscribers have responded by tuning in, in record numbers. To date, the top-five of the most watched SHOWTIME boxing events in our nearly 30-year history in this sport have all occurred in the last 13 months. So far this year, our average viewership for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is up more than 23 percent. Dating back to 2011, our average viewership is up a remarkable 62 percent. There is no doubt that this incredible trend will continue when we deliver the strongest fight card of the year, on Saturday, Dec. 14, live on SHOWTIME."