“I take my hat off to him. He’s undefeated. He’s a champion. I’ve been through more to get to where I’m at. I’m more of a dangerous fighter.
“He’s not one to shy away from a challenge. I feel like I’m a better fighter. I’m shocked that I got a title shot this fast. I thought I was going to have to go back to the drawing board. The opportunity came and I’m so excited.
“I’ve been working on my inside game. The things outside of the ring – tightening up myself as a person. It’s been helping me in the ring."
On Jermall predicting a knockout:
“He’s dreaming. Everyone has dreams, but I’ve been known to bust people’s bubbles. No one has been able to knock me out. He thinks he’s a great man. A better man than Canelo or Lara? He’s tripping.
“I’m probably his toughest test to date.
“The next chapter would be to fight my mandatory, unify and be undisputed champion.”
“This is history in the making. It’s extremely exciting. We never really thought about it like this. We knew we would be boxing and winning titles, but this is special. We have the opportunity to both be world champions at the same time.
“We don’t know what to expect on Saturday, but we’re excited to put on a show and make a mark.
“I have to get in there and prove to my opponent and the rest of the world that I’m dangerous and I will be victorious.
“We always wanted to fight. We always want to prove ourselves to each other. About everything. We caused trouble but found ourselves in boxing.
“I thought my opportunity would come first, but everything happens for a reason. Look at this moment. It’s motivated me and now it’s paying off.
“The new training camp has been an adjustment, not being with my brother every day. I’ve been able to define who I am and my brother is able to do his thing.
“My motivation is that I was once with my brother everyday. What pushed me so much in camp was knowing that I’m not with my brother everyday, but I’m still in the same shape, even better and stronger. Not through coaches, but in general. Mentally I’m the same or better. We didn’t get worse because we split. The point is what we are doing to stay in shape physically and mentally to be the best we can be.”
“This is going to be a good fight. It could be the best fight on the card. I’m an explosive fighter so expect fireworks.
“My dad has given me advice my whole career. I have a lot of great insight about how to manage my emotions. He’s instrumental in my corner. I’m 100 percent ready.
“There is a lot of pressure on Jermell, but I’m sure he’s not over thinking it. I’m expecting the best Charlo in there.
“I go in there to go to war. Whatever happens, happens. I’m going to leave it all in the ring and give the fans a great show.
“I’m happy to be the underdog. I like to be the underdog and prove people wrong. I’m happy to be in this position. I was an underdog in the Olympics. I love the pressure. He has more to lose than I do.
“I’ve been dreaming about this moment my whole life. I’m 100 percent ready for this and I can’t wait to perform under the lights.
“Make sure you tune-in, because I’m going all out for the belt.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“We’re very busy. We are going full steam ahead. We are doing events, putting butts in the seats and promoting our fighters.
“This is a great card. Anytime you can put the top fighters in a single weight class on the same show, it is bound to be a great event for the fans and for the sport in general.
“We’re happy to be working with Showtime once again to put on another tremendously competitive fight card for the fans."
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May 18, 2016