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Mayweather Jr Promises Classy Performance
Floyd Mayweather Jr has promised to produce a classy performance when he challenged Victor Ortiz for his WBC welterweight crown at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Below is what Mayweather, Victor Ortiz and some of the undercard boxer had to say at the final press conference before Saturday’s big night of boxing.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Six-Time and Five Division World Champion
"I’m going to go in there with class and will leave there with class.
"Victor Ortiz said the fight won’t go the distance. So I say ok, it won’t go the distance.
"I don’t have to brag, I don’t have to boast. I’m going to go in there and execute the game plan.
"[To Oscar De La Hoya] You’ve done a hell of a job with Victor Ortiz’s career.
"I’ve fought them all, never backed down, stayed focused and was always at my best.
"I want to thank the press and the media for keeping me relevant.
"[To Ortiz] You’re an amazing athlete. I know you’re going to bring your best. Let’s give the fans what they want to see.
"[To Ortiz Trainer Danny Garcia] You say I’m a dirty boxer. Boxing is a dirty sport."
"Vicious" Victor Ortiz, WBC Welterweight World Champion
"I want to thank Team Mayweather for this opportunity, but let’s not forget I am the current champion of the world and I will remain champion.
"Forty-one of those fighters [defeated Mayweather opponents]were not me. Forty-one of those couldn’t move like me.
"I am going to teach you what it’s like to have a loss on your record.
"Somebody’s scared, but I’m going to hold my hands up and I’m going to put you on your ass."
Erik "El Terrible" Morales, Six-Time and Three Division World Champion
"I am well prepared. I know there have been some changes in terms of my opponent, but we have made the necessary adjustments.
"I’m very confident we are going to come out with our hands raised.
"It’s going to be a great fight. I’m ready."
Pablo Cesar Cano, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender
"I am very happy to be here. It is the first time, but I am sure it won’t be the last.
"Ever since I started boxing, I have dreamt of this moment. I’ve had dreams and have set goals, and now my dream is coming true and my goals are being met.
"I am hungry for a win. I’m not here to test if I can do this. I am here because I know I will win.
"My whole life in boxing has been about challenges. I’m ready for this one. I’m here and I’m ready for it.
"I know I’m very young and a lot of you might think it’s too early. I’m going to show you what I can do. Viva Mexico!"
Jessie Vargas, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender
"It is an honor to be on this fight card with such big legends of boxing like the best pound-for-pound
champion Floyd Mayweather, who is also my boss.
"I’ve been training hard for seven weeks and for seven weeks I’ve been waiting for this Saturday. I feel strong and fast and look forward to coming out with the victory.
"I’m not just going to give you fans a great fight; I’m looking for the knockout.
"This is a great opportunity and I’m going take advantage of it."
Josesito Lopez, Top-Rated Super Lightweight Contender
"I’m very excited for this fight. I feel this is my time to shine.
"I’ve had a long tough training camp. I’m ready and excited to show my talent in the ring."
September 15, 2011