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31 OCTOBER 2014

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“The One” Undercard Conference Call Notes


 Garcia Is ready to go to work
Garcia Is ready to go to work

By Marc Livitz: The upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez already holds its own respective merits in terms of marketability to the sporting public. There’s enough of a following for Mayweather, Jr. (love it or hate it) as nearly a household name and no need for such a wish upon a star likeness for Alvarez. "Canelo" is nearing national treasure status without exception in his native Mexico and many parts of the United States as well. What the September 14 pay per view Las Vegas card truly may have needed is enough of an undercard to entice the majority of fight fans from top to bottom to divvy up the cash to watch the evening’s events unfold live. Hopefully, the recently added co-main event which features a wholly competitive showdown (and perhaps a throw down) between undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia (26(16)-0) and the hard punching menace Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (34(32)-2) for multiple titles in the light welterweight division is just the kick needed to send the buy rate into the stratosphere.

 

The scheduled twelve round clash for the WBC and the WBA Super World light welterweight championships actually has what many see as a “one versus two” or “1a versus 1b” contest. Danny Garcia had an absolute stellar year in the ring in 2012. He recorded two victories over Mexican legend Erik “El Terrible” (the second by a resounding fourth round TKO) as well as a somewhat shocking fourth round TKO win against perennial light welterweight Amir Khan. Lucas Matthysse hails from southern Argentina and he could put himself in a position to surpass the South American country’s king of boxing, Sergio Martinez should he prevail over Garcia on September 14. Lucas holds two highly disputed losses on his resume and both have been labeled by many as hometown decisions.

 

He came up short by one point apiece on two separate scorecards against Zab Judah in November 2010 and then by a single point when he faced Devon Alexander seven months later. Prior, between and since those highly debated defeats, “La Maquina” has established a frightening 94% knockout and his third round walkover victory against Lamont Peterson last May put him in pole position to not only move up the division ladder, but the mythical pound for pound rungs as well. Matthysse, Garcia and various other participants taking part in the undercard bouts of the event labeled “The One” spoke to the media this afternoon on an international conference call.

 

Selected highlights are below.

 

President Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya: “We are one month away from this mega event. There are multiple titles at stake in the main event and we also have a tremendous undercard planned. We’ll also have Ishe Smith versus Carlos Molina. Pablo Cesar Cano had a great fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley recently and he’ll be facing Ashley Theophane. Six different properties will be showing the bout live. All the fans who cannot make it to Las Vegas will be treated to a unique experience, as Fathom Events will once again showcase the evening’s events on over 400 movie screens across the country. We are expecting this event to shatter all records and the live gate record has already been passed. The 2.4 million pay per view buy record can be broken as well.”

 

CEO Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe: “It all starts with the Mayweather versus Canelo fight on Saturday, September 14. There are also two other championship fights on the card and this is the biggest boxing card that I’ve ever been involved with.”

 

Danny “Swift” Garcia, Light Welterweight Champion: “I am very motivated for this fight and I’ve been working very hard in the gym. You’ll see another epic victory from me on the 14th of September."

 

Lucas Matthysse: “I am training very hard and I am going to give the fans what they want and bring the title to Argentina. I respect Danny as a fighter, but I am going to give 100% for this fight.”

 

Matthysse on working with Al Haymon: “He will get me bigger and greater fights in the future.

 

Garcia on respect in boxing: “I don’t care who the media thinks is the best. I hold the titles and this will be another day of work for me. Those who don’t want to believe can do that. I know in my heart that I’m the best. I made this my time and I took it. I’ll continue to prove myself.”

 

On the winner facing Mayweather or Canelo: “I’m not going to worry about that right now. I just fight and whoever they put me against is who I fight.”

 

Matthysse on the idea of a KO win versus Garcia: “I’m just looking to win. The (Lamont) Peterson fight was difficult in the beginning but then it became easy. I respect Danny as a champion and this will not be easy. I’ll go for the win and give a great performance. He’ll feel my punches on the 14th and decide for himself whether or not I possess punching power.”

 

On a potentially hostile crowd: “I believe the Mexicans in attendance will be behind me and support me. Of course, there will be some people from Argentina there, too. A win here would be the biggest of my life.”

 


Garcia on acceptance of the fight: “I took this fight about five to six weeks ago and I immediately accepted it. The negotiations were easy and I’m happy to be here. It’s a fight that the fans want to see. Showtime and the media helped make it even bigger.”
 
Ellerbe on Garcia: “Danny and his father were to the point of bugging Al Haymon for this fight. It takes time for a fight like this to come together. Fighters at this level aren’t scared of each other and they aren’t scared of making money. The fans demanded this.”
 
Garcia on Preparations: “He has power, but so do I and if he’s not careful then he’s going to get hurt. I’ll make adjustments and get the job done. I know what I have to do and what I’m capable of doing. I can fight going forward and I can fight backing up. I always find a way to win, even when people think I can’t do it.”
 
Garcia’s closing statements: “I am very excited to be a part of this event. I’m training so very hard and I can’t wait to show everyone watching just what I’m about.”
 
Matthysse’s closing statements: “I am training very hard in Argentina and I’ll do what it takes to win.”
 
Ashley Theophane (33(10)-5-1), former British Junior Welterweight Champion: “This is a big achievement for boxing and I thank them for putting me on the card. Pablo Cesar Cano is a very tough opponent and he’s fought the best opposition. However, every time he has stepped up, he has lost. I didn’t come all the way over here from London, England to pick up an “L”. It’s a very big deal for me and it’s all over the news in England. I’m representing the UK as well as the face of boxing, Mayweather Promotions. They just had their first world champ, Ishe Smith. I thank everyone who has believed in me. I don’t want any easy fights. I think that the world is my oyster as long as I’m with Mayweather Promotions.”
 
“I still want to win a world title. There’s no age requirement for a world title. It doesn’t matter. There will be opportunities at different times. I’m 32 but I haven’t been in too many hard fights. I don’t smoke, drink or go the clubs. I’ll be ready for this fight. Cano may have twenty knockouts, but who has he beaten? Look at my record and then go look at his.”
 
“I’ve been a professional for ten years and I’ve never had a promoter. I’ve never had it easy. I’ll continue to work hard and even harder. I won’t put any limits on what I can do. A lot of people thought I beat Danny Garcia (February 2010) and I’ve watched him since then. I don’t think he’s improved much.”
 
Ellerbe on Theophane: “Once I did my research on him, I had an interest in signing him. He’s had a tough road and has gone into other fighters’ backyards. We’ll look to create opportunities from him and on September 14, he will put on a tremendous fight. He’ll soon be up there with Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia.”
 
Pablo Cesar Cano (26(20)-3(1)-1): “I understand that I’ve been through two controversial fights (Shane Mosley in May 2013 and Paulie Malignaggi in December 2012). I’ve put it all behind me. I’m not looking for a knockout. I’m looking to win. I gained a lot of experience and I’ll be taking that with me into this fight.”
 
Ishe Smith (25(11)-5), IBF Junior Middleweight Champion: “Training has been great and I’ve put in eight hard weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity and this is the biggest fight of my career. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get to this type of event, but I’m truly honored. I think I needed to go through tough times to get here.”
 
Carlos Molina (21(6)-5-2): “I just want to fight for the IBF belt. Without that there is nothing else. I want to be on the radar for the winner of Mayweather versus Canelo. I feel like this fight will bring out the best in me. I’m so focused and ready.”
 
Smith:  “He (Molina) is a hard worker. I told Leonard (Ellerbe) when I won the title that I wanted to fight him next. I want to be talked about and remembered when I retire. We’re still writing the script. So far, I’m the first Las Vegas born world champion.”
 
August 14, 2013


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