Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – “I’m happy to be here and eager to get in the ring. I have a lot of respect for my opponent, but like everything, I come to win. I will prove to the world who is the better man. I am very motivated to give the American fans a glimpse of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
“This fight is very important to me. It is under a great main event in Mayweather-Mosley and in the world capital of boxing, Las Vegas. With all due respect to Mayweather and Mosley, I think I’m going to steal the show..
“I’m preparing for a very special fight. I’ve worked very hard for this fight. I am prepared both mentally and physically for a win.
“I have a big responsibility to both the fans in Mexico and the fans here in the United States to prove to them that I am a true fighter.”
Jose Miguel Cotto
“I trained very hard for this fight and I gave this camp my all. I am ready to have a great victory over ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
“I just want to say that I’m not fighting at my weight, I’m fighting at his weight. I hope he comes in the same condition as me. I can’t wait for Saturday night to have a big win.
“I’m being looked over for this fight. I plan on surprising a lot of people and I’m looking forward to having a title shot after this fight.
“My brother told me to do my thing as I know to do it best. He gives me confidence. I look forward to having a big win for my family and for Puerto Rico.”
Daniel Ponce de Leon
“Thank you all for being here. I’m in great shape. I’ve worked hard. I want to thank my new trainer, he’s got me in great shape and I’m ready to fight.”
“It’s going to be a great match. I have a lot of respect for Ponce De Leon. I know its going to be a great match.”
“It is really a pleasure to be here. I want to deliver a great fight on Saturday. I want to thank all of you and say ‘God Bless.'”
“I’m ready for this big fight. I’m going to do my best.”
“I want to thank everyone for coming out. I’m in the best shape I’ve been. I have a great opponent so I’m sure we’re going to give the public a great fight.”
“I am Dion ‘X’ aka. Savage. I come to fight. Me and my trainer are ready; we worked hard. I come to win, we ain’t going home no losers. We come to destroy.”
“I just want to say thank you to Golden Boy. Thank you to my manager, to Richard Schaefer and to Robert Diaz for putting this together.
“It’s going to be a show.”
“Just like you saw my brother on the Hopkins-Jones undercard take on Rocky Jaurez, you’ll see me on Saturday night take on a great opponent in Luis Ramos.
“We have to give respect to the troops over seas and to all of those who serve and protect this country. I have the American flag tattooed on my left arm ’cause I love America.
“Me and my brother have hearts of gold, hearts of warriors.
“Saturday you’re going to see a great fight. No respect to Sugar Shane Mosley and Floyd Money Mayweather but this is going to be a fight. I’ve looked up to Mosley and Mayweather all my life and I want to be able to fill their shoes one day.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO Golden Boy Promotions
“I have to say Mayweather Promotions has picked up some great young fighters who have been featured on various cable networks. I would like to congratulate them on their success.
“I want to let you know that the Vargas-Morua and Perez-Leon fights will be available for free before the pay-per-view fights. They will surely be great fights.
“The Argentineans are coming. In the last six months or so we’ve seen a lot of these Argentineans come up and make names for themselves. We’ve had Marcos Maidana, who reminds me of a young Manny Pacquiao. We’ve had Sergio Martinez who upset Kelly Pavlik. We also have Lucas Matthysse. The Argentineans are coming. We also have Hector Saldivia who is a young up and comer.”
On Saul “Canelo” Alvarez:
“Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Remember that name. He’s the next face of boxing. His fights get the same ratings as the Mexican national soccer team.
“Look at him. They call him the Mexican James Dean. This is going to be the next great superstar in Mexico. It’s a pleasure to have him fight on Saturday.
“We know Jose Miguel Cotto is a great fighter. That’s why we chose him for Saul Alvarez. We know Jose Miguel didn’t come here to pick up a pay check.
“I want to personally assure you that one thing we do very well at Golden Boy Promotions is take care of fighters. I will make sure we take great care of Canelo.
“The deal that Canelo and I have is that in our next press conference, I will speak in Spanish and he will speak in English.
“He is the only fighter that regularly fights on Televisa. Thank you Televisa for being behind Canelo Alvarez.”
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions
“We have a tremendous undercard. It will compliment what will be a great main event Saturday night. I know the fighters are coming prepared and coming to fight.”
On Jesse Vargas:
“He is a young hot prospect. Everyone will be hearing about this man.”
On Said Ouali:
“I’ve known this guy for along time. He came in as a sparring partner for Floyd [Mayweather]. After one session, Floyd told me, ‘We need to sign him right away.’ We signed him the very next day. He’s a very talented guy.”
Eddy Reynoso, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s Trainer
“To make it to the big leagues you have to fight tough opponents. I know this is a tough fight, but we’re not worried. The only thing Jose Miguel has is his last name and that’s because of his brother. We’re going to make sure that he goes back to helping in his brother’s corner.”
Joe Santiago, Jose Miguel Cotto’s Trainer
“Jose Miguel Cotto came here not to be a stepping stone for no one. He came here to fight a good fight and get a victory. Jose Miguel Cotto is here to prove that he is one of the best fighters in boxing and that he belongs in the big leagues of boxing.
“With all respect to Golden Boy, they should better choose opponents for Saul Alvarez who is supposed to be the next generation of boxing.. We’re here to have a great fight and get a great victory.”
Roger Mayweather, Jesse Vargas’ Trainer
“I know you got a real one. If you didn’t know, you now know. This guy [Jesse Vargas] is an elite fighter. He’s young, he’s talented. We’ll keep him busy and hopefully he’ll make a name for himself.”
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