Unified welterweight world champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and two-division champion Danny “Swift” Garcia previewed their highly anticipated FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View main event during the final press conference Wednesday before they step into the ring this Saturday, December 5, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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Spence was joined by his trainer Derrick James, while Garcia was accompanied by his father and trainer Angel Garcia to discuss training camp, Saturday’s showdown, and more. Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday:
ERROL SPENCE JR.
“Fighting in my hometown is a lifelong dream. To have my comeback fight at home means the world to me. I won’t let this moment go to waste.
“I’ve put in a lot of hard work and showed the discipline I had to to get back to this position. Seeing my kids every day motivated me to give back to them and train hard in the gym. I made sure no outside distractions were stopping me.
“We’ve been in the gym since February grinding hard, and now we’re back. I’m ready. My coach has watched me closely, and he’s seen that everything is on point and back to where it was. Everyone is going to see the same Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday night.
“I have a renewed focus. I’m back focused on the things that got me to the top of the mountain. That’s really about being back in the gym every day, no matter what. I’m not just going to be in the gym when it’s fight time. We’re grinding hard every day. That’s what got me to being a unified champion in the first place.
“Nobody forced me to fight Danny Garcia. But I wanted to face someone dangerous who would keep me focused and in the gym training hard. Fighting someone who’s a great fighter like Danny pushes me to another level. That’s the level I’m supposed to be at.
“I’m sharper than I’ve ever been and making weight easier than I ever did before. The focus is there, just like it was at the start of my career. It’s a renewed focus, and everything is clicking.
“I’m going to prove that I’m still the same Errol Spence Jr. I know that people have a lot of questions. Those questions need to be answered. I don’t think I would have answered them against the lighter competition. People who haven’t been in the gym are going to see those answers on Saturday.
“This fight is ending with me winning. Life has taught me that this world isn’t perfect. It might not be perfect, but I’m going to get the victory.”
“Texas has always been great to me. I fought in the state a lot as a prospect. In 2012 I won my first world title in Houston. I have many fans in the state, and I feel like it’s a home away from home. It’s a special place for me. I don’t look at it like I’m on the road. I see it as being here to handle business.
“I called Errol out a year ago, and we were going to fight in January. But boxing is a sport of timing and the time is now. I feel great and had a tremendous camp. I did everything I was supposed to do. I have to go out there Saturday night and do what I do best.
“I’m not worried about being the underdog. I know that I’m a great champion and a great fighter. That’s why I’m here today. I’m going to prove it again on Saturday night.
“This is a great opportunity. There’s no feeling like winning, and winning a world title is the best feeling in the world. I’ve taken it for granted before, but you learn from your mistakes and become a better man in this world.
“We definitely know what’s at stake. We pushed ourselves to the limit every day. This is a big stage, but I’ve been here before. I’ve been headlining fights on the championship level for eight years. I’ve always been a top-level fighter.
“We’ve worked on all kinds of things in the gym. We can box or bang on the inside. We can move around or walk him down. At this level, you have to be able to do everything. We had a lot of different sparring partners so that we’re prepared for Saturday night.
“You can say what you want to say at this point. I’m here for the fight of my life. Come Saturday night; I will be victorious.”
DERRICK JAMES, Spence’s Trainer
“The respect that Danny and Angel want, I give it to them because I’ve seen what they’ve done throughout Danny’s career. Angel is supposed to believe in what he thinks his son is going to do. I feel the same way about what Errol is going to do. In the end, we will be victorious.
“You can’t make it to this level without believing in yourself. We don’t have to talk. Errol and I are quiet. If you believe in yourself, you don’t have to talk about it.
“Our respect for Danny makes us train harder and makes Errol focus even more. He’s focused on his task, and that’s constantly proving he’s the best welterweight in the world.”
ANGEL GARCIA, Garcia’s Father & Trainer
“We had a great camp. We left everything in the gym. The job is done, and we’re here now. Danny is going to go out there and show the world what a true champion is made of.
“We’ve been on pay-per-view before, it wasn’t our card, but to us, it was. Nothing is going to phase Danny heading into this fight. It doesn’t matter what anyone on the outside is saying.
“Danny doesn’t just know how to win. He knows how to kick your ass.”