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Floyd Mayweather Jr. quotes; Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Elio Rojas on Saturday

Floyd Mayweather; Seven-Time, Five-Division World Champion

“I can't overlook a guy like Miguel Cotto.

“I'm always looking to give the fans what they want to see.

“Uncle Roger said this is the hardest he's ever seen me train. This is the hardest he's ever seen me work for a fight.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride throughout my whole career, but I'm blessed to be where I'm at and I want to continue to go out there and dominate.



“The hard work has been done. During fight week, we will focus on shadow boxing, mental work and light training.



“The fans should watch this because in my eyes Miguel Cotto is an undefeated fighter. He fought one guy at a catch weight and another guy who got in trouble for cheating. He’s strong a knockout puncher and he always comes out and fights in a pleasing way.



“I’m always happy to go out there and put on a pleasing performance for the fans, the media and the people that have been supporting me for years.



“Rafael [Garcia] is the godfather of boxing. He has done a great job. He is a hand and eye specialist and a guy I wouldn’t trade in for anything in the world.



“I have been in boxing for 16 years and I haven't stretched at all. I don't stretch when I run. I've never stretched.



“Last time I checked all 42 [of my opponents] have been dangerous, but they all ended up in the same place.



“I think I can look into a guy’s eyes and I can see the body language. I know when he's a beaten fighter.



“The nick name ‘Money’ came from I when was joking on 24/7 and throwing money into the camera, so it stuck with me. You can’t be a 35-year-old man calling yourself ‘Pretty Boy.’



“The key to me winning is being in control like always, keeping my composure like always and never going out of character.



“I don't think I have changed, maybe I don't move as much. I'm going much more toe-to-toe these days.



“I haven't taken any abuse in the sport of boxing. I think I'm done before 38.”





Roger Mayweather; Floyd Mayweather’s Uncle and Trainer



“All fighters are dangerous; anybody who can punch is dangerous.



“Floyd fights for his own legacy.



“Fighters don’t have to fight that much these days to determine how good they are.



“I don’t have to tell you who the best fighter is out there. We already know who the best fighter is out there.”





Leonard Ellerbe; CEO of Mayweather Promotions



“This a fight that everywhere you go, people are talking about.



“Cotto is a very dangerous opponent and anybody who’s thinking otherwise is foolish.



“Miguel is a tremendous fighter who has had a tremendous amount of success. He’s fought every fighter in this era.



“Floyd is one of the most despised athletes in the world, but he’s also the most talented athlete in the entire world. What other athlete do you know has dominated his sport for 16 years?



“Over the last 12 months, Floyd Mayweather has earned more money than any athlete in the entire world.”





Deborah Sinclair; Floyd Mayweather’s Mother



“I'm very proud of my son.



“I see the man that he is but I still let him know that I am the mother.”





Jessie Vargas; Undefeated Welterweight Rising Star



“[On Gomez pulling out of the fight] I don’t know anyone who has been in this position as much as anyone as me.



“I’ve been around the sport for a while. I have a massive amateur background and I’m not scared of anyone.



“There are different types of fighters – those that try to beat you physically and those that try to beat you mentally. Whoever they put in front of me can try, but it isn’t going to happen.



“Robert [Alcazar] has been teaching me a lot and I’m looking forward to learning more.



“Robert is a great trainer and he’s teaching me a style that I want to learn and build on.



“I’m a very confident fighter and whoever they have in front of me I will be ready.



“After people see me on pay-per-view I think they’ll begin to recognize me and get to know who I am.”





DeAndre Latimore; Super Welterweight Contender



“It’s been great working with Jeff [Mayweather]. I actually have someone who’s bringing out the best in me.



“I know May 5 is going to be a tough fight, but people can expect to see fireworks.



“Now that I’m with a promotion company that cares about me, my family and what’s best for my career, the hard work and dedication is paying off.



“When I was working with Floyd it wasn’t easy at all. It was tough, but it was the best thing that could happen to me. He took me under his wing and now I’m going to take care of him by getting that victory on May 5.



“On May 5,, I expected to have my hand raised when it’s all said and done.”





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“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight for Cotto's WBA Super Welterweight World Championship is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O'Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla - Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.



Limited tickets for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are still available, with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.



Three Las Vegas MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and The Mirage, will host live closed circuit telecasts of “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto.” Advanced purchased tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are on sale now at each individual property's box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711.



Episode three of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debuts on Saturday, April 28 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT), with the finale debuting Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.



Caption for MayweatherPrepares4Cotto_Hoganphotos.jpg: Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather (Center) speaks to members of the media on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 5, 2012 world title mega-fight against WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.



Caption for MayweatherPrepares4Cotto_Hoganphotos(6).jpg: Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather hits the heavy bag on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 5, 2012 world title mega-fight against WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.



Caption for MayweatherPrepares4Cotto_Hoganphotos(5).jpg: Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather (Center Left) hits the mitts held by his trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather (Center Right) on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 5, 2012 world title mega-fight against WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.



Caption for MayweatherPrepares4Cotto_Hoganphotos(2) & (4).jpg: Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather hits the body pad on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 5, 2012 world title mega-fight against WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

Caption for VargasPrepares_Hoganphotos(1).jpg: Undefeated welterweight rising star Jesse Vargas speaks to members of the media on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 5, 2012 fight on the undercard of the world title mega-fight between Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

Caption for VargasPrepares_Hoganphotos.jpg: Undefeated welterweight rising star Jesse Vargas (Left) hits the mitts held by his trainer Robert Alcazar (Right) on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 5, 2012 fight on the undercard of the world title mega-fight between Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

Caption for LatimorePrepares4Quintana_Hoganphotos(1).jpg: Super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore (Center) speaks to members of the media on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 5, 2012 fight against former World Champion Carlos Quintana on the undercard of the world title mega-fight between Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

Caption for LatimorePrepares4Quintana_Hoganphotos.jpg: Super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore hits the heavy bag on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 5, 2012 fight against former World Champion Carlos Quintana on the undercard of the world title mega-fight between Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

WBC News: Gonzalez vs. Rojas

WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS

April 25, 2012 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

WBC STATISTICS

WBC Featherweight World Championship

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico – Grand Oasis Resort

April 28, 2012

This will be the 1,777th fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 49-year history.

PROMOCIONES DEL PUEBLO PRESENTS:

GONZALEZ VS. ROJAS

JHONNY GONZALEZ (Mexico)

WBC Featherweight World Champion

Age, date of birth: 30 (September 15, 1981)

Residence: Mexico City, D.F., Mexico

Birthplace: Mexico City, D.F., Mexico

Record: 51-7, 45 KOs

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 275

World title fights: 10 (7-3)

Trainer: Ignacio Beristain



ELIO “The Kid” ROJAS (Dominican Republic)

WBC Featherweight World Champion in Recess

Age, date of birth: 29 (September 25, 1982)

Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Birthplace: San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic

Record: 23-1, 14 KOs

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 118

World title fights: 2 (2-0)

Trainer: Buddy McGirt





WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS

1. Davey Moore (US) + 1963

2. Ultiminio Ramos (Mex) 1963 - 1964

3. Vicente Saldivar (Mex) + 1964 - 1967

4. Howard Winstone (Wales) + 1968

5. Jose Legra (Cuba) 1968 - 1969

6. Johnny Famechon (Fran) 1969 - 1970

7. Vicente Saldivar (Mex) * + 1970

8. Kuniaki Shibata (Japan) 1970 - 1972

9. Clemente Sanchez (Mex) + 1972

10. Jose Legra (Cuba) * 1972 - 1973

11. Eder Jofre (Bra) 1973

12. Bobby Chacon (US) 1974 - 1975

13. Ruben Olivares (Mex) 1975

14. David Kotey (Ghana) 1975 - 1976

15. Danny Lopez (US) 1976 - 1980

16. Salvador Sanchez (Mex) + 1980 - 1982

17. Juan Laporte (P. Rico) 1982 - 1984

18. Wilfredo Gomez (P. Rico) 1984

19. Azumah Nelson (Ghana) 1984 - 1987

20. Jeff Fenech (Aust) 1988 - 1990

21. Marcos Villasana (Mex) 1990 - 1991

22. Paul Hodkinson (GB) 1991 - 1993

23. Goyo Vargas (Mex) 1993

24. Kevin Kelley (US) 1993 - 1995

25. Alejandro Gonzalez (Mex) 1995

26. Manuel Medina (Mex) 1995

27. Luisito Espinosa (Phil) 1995 - 1999

28. Cesar Soto (Mex) 1999

29. Naseem Hamed (GB) 1999

30. Guty Espadas (Mex) 2000 - 2001

31. Erik Morales (Mex) 2001 - 2002

32. Marco A. Barrera (Mex) 2002

33. Erik Morales (Mex) * 2002 - 2003

34. Injin Chi (Korea) 2004 - 2006

35. Takashi Koshimoto (Japan) 2006

36. Humberto Soto (Mex) Interim 2005 - 2006

37. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) 2006

38. Injin Chi (Korea) * 2006

39. Jorge Linares (Ven) 2007

40. Oscar Larios (Mex) 2008 - 2009

41. Tahakahiro Aoh (Jap) 2009

42. Elio Rojas (Dom. R.) 2010

43. Hozumi Hasegawa (Jap) 2010 – 2011

44. Jhonny Gonzalez (Mex) 2011 -

* Regained





GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC

41 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, of whom only three have regained the title: Vicente Saldivar (Mexico), Jose Legra (Cuba-Spain), Erik Morales (Mexico), Injin Chi (Korea).



122 featherweight world title fights have been held in WBC history.

20 featherweight world title fights have been held in Mexico in WBC history.



WBC TOP 5 TITLE FIGHTS IN MEXICO:

Sep. 26, 1964 Vicente Saldivar KO12 Ultiminio Ramos, Naucalpan - F

Jan. 28, 1968 Chartchai Chionoi KO13 Efren Torres, Naucalpan - FL

Apr. 14, 1973 Rafael Herrera TKO12 Rodolfo Martinez, Monterrey - B

Aug. 24, 1992 Julio Cesar Chavez TKO5 Greg Haugen, Mexico City - SL

Mar. 8, 2008 Samuel Peter TKO5 Oleg Maskaev, Cancun - H



WBC TITLE FIGHTS: MEXICO vs. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

There have been 12 WBC world title fights between boxers from Mexican and Dominican Republic.

Mexico has won eight, Dominican Republic has won two, with one draw and one no contest.



WBC TITLE FIGHTS - MEXICO vs. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

Oct. 29, 1977 Carlos Zarate TKO6 Danilo Batista, Inglewood - B

Jun. 9, 1978 Carlos Zarate KO4 Emilio Hernandez, Las Vegas - B

Aug. 21, 1987 Julio Cesar Chavez W12 Danilo Cabrera, Tijuana - SF

Jan. 27, 1992 Humberto Gonzalez W12 Domingo Sosa, Inglewood – L FL

Jun. 2, 1995 Hector Acero Sanchez D12 Daniel Zaragoza, Ledyard - SB

Nov. 6, 1995 Daniel Zaragoza W12 Hector Acero Sanchez, Inglewood - SB

Jul. 13, 2007 Gamaliel Diaz W10 Elio Rojas (Qualifier), Gomez Palacio - F

Jul. 28, 2007 Hector Velazquez TW10 Mario Santiago (Eliminator), Tacoma - F

Jun. 28, 2008 Humberto Soto NC4 Francisco Lorenzo, Las Vegas - SF

Sep. 13, 2008 Elio Rojas W12 Hector Velazquez (Eliminator), Biloxi - F

Dec. 20, 2008 Humberto Soto W12 Francisco Lorenzo (Interim), Cozumel - SF

Feb. 20, 2010 Elios Rojas W12 Guty Espadas Jr., Merida - F



WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.

Article posted on 26.04.2012



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