Media day this week at the Mayweather Boxing Club was an event in itself.
The best of America’s boxing reporters were on hand to watch the team work out, and they were keen to get our thoughts on our respective fights and the main event.
They listened intently as I gave my responses – “I don’t ever worry about my opponent… Experience counts… I’ve been here before… I’m beyond ready… I’ve never been knocked out before… It’s going to be an action packed fight… I’m one win away from a world title fight… I’m focused… It’s all about getting the W… I’m good for another few years… I’m still young and hungry.”
Angino Perez is a knockout specialist, it’s what he does. 13 of his 15 wins have come by knockout – 8 of his last 9 wins have come by knockout by round 4. Of course he’s dangerous, but I’ve never looked for the easy option. He’s got a 90% knock out ratio when winning.
That’s why there are so few Brits fighting abroad on the world scene. It’s risky business.
Danny Garcia, Pablo Cesar Cano, DeMarcus Corley, Delvin Rodriguez and Lenny Daws have been the best I’ve fought in a 41 fight professional career. I’m seeking to add fighters like Zab Judah, Humberto Soto and Lamont Peterson to that list.
I finished off my week with quality sparring with Ishe Smith, Mickey Bey and Zach Cooper, who has just been hired by Erislandy Lara to help him prepare for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
I’m only a few pounds above my contracted weight limit. The stage is now set.
The team finished the week with a BBQ for family and friends.
The week ahead will see the ‘fighter arrivals’ on Tuesday, ‘fan workout’ on Wednesday, Press conference on Thursday, weigh in on Friday – then Showtime on Saturday. All at the luxurious MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tune in to Showtime in America and BoxNation in the UK.
The biggest boxing event of the year is now upon us – and I’m ready and cannot wait!