Quotes from Fighter Arrivals in Vegas!

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FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER, 10-Time, Five-Division World Champion and WBC Welterweight World Champion

“We’re five days away from another big event; this bout is about two fighters coming together giving the people what they want to see.

“Maidana is hungry, he’s ready and he has a great knockout ratio. It’s all about keeping composure and sticking to the game plan.

“It’s the best fighting the best. I’m glad he believes in himself and that’s what it’s all about. It’s champion versus champion and country versus country.

“Saturday night you’re not going to see the same Floyd Mayweather. I’ll be right there going toe-to-toe.”

MARCOS MAIDANA, WBA Welterweight World Champion

“To see all these people here supporting me is amazing.

“I know people think I’m going to lose, but I come to win and I’m not afraid of anybody or anything.

“I have the support of the Latino people and I’m coming to win.”

AMIR “KING” KHAN, Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion

“It’s going to be a great event, my first time fighting at the MGM Grand, not in Las Vegas but at the venue.

“I worked very hard, I feel healthy and strong at 147.

“I’m not looking past Collazo. He’s a good, strong fighter. We just want to put on a show and the best man will win.”

LUIS COLLAZO, WBA International Welterweight Champion

“You can expect fireworks in the ring on Saturday.

“I love being the underdog. I’ve been the underdog my entire life. I may be underrated, but I’ve never faded.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to be here. I’m going to give the fans a great night of boxing.”

ADRIEN “THE PROBLEM” BRONER, Former Three-Division World Champion

“I told Molina it’s work time. I’m going to beat him. Everybody knows Adrien Broner.

“It’s amazing to be on Floyd’s card. He’s going to do his thing and I’m going to do mine.”

CARLOS MOLINA, Junior Welterweight Contender

“There’s no pressure in this fight; we put in the hard work.

“We know what Broner brings and we’re ready to shock the world. We’re going to bring the heat and surprise a lot of people.

“I’m going to let my fists do the talking.”

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr Conference Call Transcript

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Floyd Mayweather

First, I want to thank Stephen Espinoza, I want to thank SHOWTIME, I want to thank CBS, I want to thank Leonard Ellerbe, I want to thank Al Haymon, I want to thank Richard Schaefer, I want to thank Kelly Swanson, I want to thank everybody, all the networks and all the people that are covering this fight and all the people that have covered my fights throughout the years.

I want to thank you guys and I just want to say I really appreciate you and everybody that’s a part of the event and that helped get these events started, “THE MOMENT”. I couldn’t choose a better team, because we work as one. I know Maidana is going to come and bring his best, so I know that I cannot overlook him, so I’m in training every day and dedicating myself.

Q
What were you able to do, in terms of the promotion, that you all were able to put together, such an amazing card?

L. Ellerbe
Yes, the card from top to bottom is stacked. We felt as though the fans; it’s all about giving the fans the value for their money, and that’s what Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions is about when we’re putting on these major events.

This is something a lot of people don’t know. Let me enlighten people on the story with Leonard Ellerbe. Now, Leonard Ellerbe had not a good job but a great-paying job in D.C. He’s from D.C. Had a good-paying job, and people don’t know how Leonard got with me.

Leonard came out here. Leonard used to go on trips, used to pay his own way to go on trips with us and just help out, and he used to leave his job. He’d leave his job and fly on his own money because he had, I think, it was a six-figure paying job. He also was a fitness trainer. He had another job, so he was making very good money.

He left all that, paid his own way to come support me, and one particular time he was doing some charity work for me. He was doing everything to make sure I got up to do my runs, he was doing security work for me and everything, and all he was making, it wasn’t big money because I was making good money but I wasn’t paying him what I feel like I should have been paying him. But you know, times have changed. He stuck with me through thick and thin. We’ve been through a lot together. He stuck with me through everything. I’m happy to say he’s a multimillionaire now, so I feel like it was worth it, the wait was worth it, and we go through a lot.

A lot of times people don’t see we go through a lot. Because we strive for the best. We strive for the best, but at the end of the day it’s about communication and one thing that we can do, I respect him as a man, he respects me as a man and we can communicate, and I will always love Leonard Ellerbe. He’s doing a tremendous job.

S. Espinoza
If I could make one addition back to your first question, there are some things that Floyd and Leonard are actually I think a little too modest about, so I’ll go ahead and voice this for them.

As you’ve heard from Richard and Leonard in the past, this is the most expensive undercard in the history of pay-per-view undercards. To be more specific that is an investment by Floyd and by Mayweather Promotions. So all credit goes to him for investing not just in this event but in investing in the growth of the sport because from the network perspective, it is only through events of this magnitude that we really grow to the casual fans. When we talk about appeal to the casual fans, Floyd is head and shoulders above everyone else.
This is not a card that we needed to support this event. This was something that Mayweather Promotions went above and beyond to do and took money out of their pocket to do so, and I think that needs to be recognized as an investment in the sport.

Q
When you have been devising the game plan for Marcos Maidana did you or your team feel as though it was really Devon Alexander that laid down the blueprint to defeat somebody like Maidana?

F. Mayweather
I think that what’s different is Maidana may not be accustomed to fighting southpaws, so that could have played a major key into his fight with Devon Alexander. Also he was fighting on Alexander’s turf and I think the difference between me and Alexander, he’s a more straight-up boxer. I think he’s a more straight-up boxer but I think when Maidana’s facing me his confidence is built after he beat Adrien Broner because he feels that both of the styles are very, very similar, so it’s like the same style.

I think he’s more confident now than he was when he faced the kid from St. Louis, Devon Alexander. I think he’s more confident now, so I think he’s more ready and tough. If you have more confidence it’s going to make you fight harder.

Q
Is Maidana as good as he was against Broner? Is he as bad as he was against Alexander? Or is he really average, in between there somewhere?

F. Mayweather
You know, I can’t really say, but one thing that I did notice, as some of you know I look at a lot of things. I don’t have anything against anyone, but I noticed that when the guy, Alex Ariza, was in Amir Khan’s corner and when he faced Maidana, Amir Khan looked super strong in that fight. Then you go back and look at it, I go look at Maidana’s fights against certain guys, like when he fought Alexander, he was strong, he was still coming ahead because he’s the kind of guy that comes straight ahead, and liked the looped shots. He wasn’t as strong as he was in the Adrien Broner fight. In the Adrien Broner fight he was a lot stronger than he was in a lot of his past fights.

So you know, I don’t know if Alex Ariza plays a major role into that, but when I sit back and I look, I’m looking at Pacquiao versus Bradley and I notice ever since Ariza has not been with Pacquiao anymore there’s been a total change in his power. So I look at things like that and I question things like that to myself, but I don’t worry about anything and I’m not going to say nothing about Ariza because I think he’s a pretty cool guy. I don’t really know him, but we got USADA, which is the best in the world, and we’re going to continue to go out there and do what we supposed to do. Continue reading

Adrien Broner Washington DC Workout Quotes

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ADRIEN BRONER, Former Three-Division World Champion

“This fight is huge for me. Everyone wants to see what Adrien Broner is going to do next after this devastating loss I took in the early part of my career. I know why everyone has their eyes glued to me.”

“Floyd is going to do what he’s always done, stay on top and get a victory. Everyone one knows what I’m going to do in my comeback fight.”

“Being on this undercard means a lot it mean a lot. It means a lot to know I play a big part in boxing. It is great to be on this card.”

“In this era, you can’t talk about boxing without bringing up Adrien Broner.”

“I’ve been training my ass off. You never know what you’re going to come in here and do. A lot of fighters have repetitive workouts. In our camp here, [at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C.] you never know what you’re going to do day in and day out. I come prepared and train my ass off.”

“This is my first fight on pay-per-view and after my performance on May 3rd you will be seeing me on pay-per-view more often so get used to this.”

“Carlos Molina is a hell of a fighter and he is going to come to fight. He’s going to come to kick my ass because I’m sure as hell going to come to kick his.”

“I’m trying to have some fun. I will be pretty, fresh, fly and still flashy.”

“People want to know if the loss [against Marcos Maidana] has humbled me and of course it has. If I would have won that Maidana fight people would be calling me an asshole. People still call me that, but now I thank God that he slowed me down in my tracks even though it is still a heavy and fast train. Right now, Denzel Washington couldn’t stop this train.”

“People will always have their opinions on how hard you trained, especially when they only see you on fight night. Boxing is all hard work. I don’t care what level you’re on.”

“I talk to Floyd all the time, he’s a big brother and a mentor. Why not fight on his undercard? I’m helping him and he’s helping me. It’s a lovely thing, who would have ever thought we’d be fighting on the same card?”

“You never know what to expect from an opponent until you hit that ring, but I can tell you that I will be victorious and it will be in a spectacular way.”

“‘THE MOMENT’ is one of the biggest fights in boxing history and why not pay back my big brother and fight on his card?
“When Floyd beats Maidana, it is going to be the same as the other opponents who have lost. It would still be a big fight for me to fight Maidana.”

MIKE STAFFORD, Broner’s Trainer

“Behind good losses always come a good win and next Saturday night Adrien’s going get an excellent win.”

“Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, even Bernard Hopkins. All these guys took losses but they came back and were victorious. We just have to get back to a world championship shot again.

“Camp is going well. He looks just as good as he did for the Maidana fight, he just has to maintain his weight at 147. He was at 139, so he had to eat more. Now he doesn’t have to eat as much.”

“I was surprised by the way Adrien got hit by Maidana. He’d been hit in the past, but I was surprised that Maidana hit him like that.”

“Everyone wants to fight Floyd for the money. If Maidana had lost to Adrien his career would have been done, but if Maidana loses to Floyd, he will still have plenty of guys to fight. The timing was right for Maidana. After his victory over Adrien, Floyd noticed him and realized that it would be a good fight.”

Mayweather Is Protecting The Throne

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Story by: Brandi Miller

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been in the sport of boxing going on 18 years now, but has been boxing all his life. He has fought in multiple weight classes against many fighters who will one day be inducted into the hall of fame. He is widely considered to be the pound for pound king of boxing. Floyd was asked about what he thought of Bernard Hopkins calling him out to face off in the ring, and he believes that everyone is trying to hit the jackpot and fight him. He is highest paid athlete in all of sports and make no mistake- everyone in the sport wants the opportunity to dethrone the king.

Mayweather is very conscious of this which is why he trains the way he does. He makes it known that he never overlooks an opponent. Every person he faces in that squared circle has the potential to destroy his plans of becoming the best to ever lace up the gloves. People who have seen Mayweather train say that he trains like a man who hasn’t made a dime yet, even though his career has earned him hundreds of millions. He acknowledges that all the young stars want to be in his current position so they are coming full force to knock his head off.

Marcos Maidana is the next person up to get his chance at dethroning Mayweather. Maidana is a hard puncher who comes straight forward hoping to land his biggest punch on Mayweather’s chin. If Maiadana could land that punch the landscape of boxing would change drastically. If Mayweather was to make the mistake of underestimating Maidana he could suffer the same fate as Adrien Broner. Broner went into the Maidana fight thinking it would be an easy night. He was sadly mistaken. The thing the boxing public should know is that Floyd is no Adrien Broner, he has been at the top for many years.

It’s easy to get complacent once you reach a pinnacle in the sport that Floyd has reached. The hunger that you had to earn more recognition or more money to feed your family decreases once you make it to the top of the sport. Mayweather definitely loves his money but what really drives him is his quest to become “The Best Ever” athlete, not just boxer. When Floyd leaves the sport he wants to make sure he stands out in history. He wants to accomplish things that no other person has done or will be able to do. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is well aware that people are gunning for him but he remains the sole heir to the throne.

Floyd Mayweather Media Day Quotes

Photo:  Mary Ann OwenWBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather had a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday as we wind down for his matchup against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“In 18 years I haven’t brought my best out yet,” said Floyd. “Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I’ve boxed my whole life. I’ve never worked a job. As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I’ve had enough fun.

“It feels good to be in camp. Everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best. This is a give and take type of sport. Al Haymon has done a good job. Leonard Ellerbe has done a good job. Now it’s time for me to go out and do what I do.

“Maidana deserves the opportunity. He’s a champion with an 80 percent knockout ratio. He deserves this fight. Everything isn’t about speed. Everything in boxing and life is about timing. I’m a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart. Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless.

“Boxing is like chess. Every move has to be thought about before you make it. I like to study my opponents first. I’m not going to do a lot of moving when I get in the ring. I’m coming straight ahead.

“Everyone is supposed to say they want to fight me. Right now Maidana is the guy that I can’t overlook. I love all my fans that support me from Argentina. It’s the sport of boxing, so the best have to fight the best.”

Photo:  Mary Ann Owen

The Gospel According to Angel Garcia! by Chip Mitchell

At last Saturday’s Bernard Hopkins fight, The Fight Journal had a chance to speak with the always entertaining Angel Garcia. Angel is the boxing trainer and father of light welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia.

Angel (with a special cameo from Danny Garcia) lets the world know what’s going on- as only he can tell it! Listen as Angel talks about Danny’s controversial decision over Mauricio Herrera, what’s next for Danny, and more. This interview took place during the undercard of Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov. Check it out!

Video by: Robert “The Architect” Uzzell

Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade visits The Fight Journal! (Part 1 of 2)

Fans, check out this two-part video in which Demetrius Andrade discusses the latest and greatest that’s going on in his career. In Part 1, Demetrius discusses his fight with Vanes Martirosyan, his upcoming opponent, and a potential shot at pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. This interview took place on the undercard of Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov.

Check out Part 1 below….

Video by: Robert “The Architect” Uzzell

Shawn “Showtime” Porter Steals the Show in DC!

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Story by: Brandi Miller

The DC Armory hosted the Hopkins-Shumenov card where Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins made history once again by unifying titles at the the age of 49 years old. He won a split decision over Beibut Shumenov unifying the WBA and IBF titles. The Hopkins bout was the main event, but it was Shawn “Showtime” Porter 24-0-1 (14KOs) who won over the crowd.

Porter made his first title defense against the King of Brooklyn Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi 33-6 (7KOs). This fight woke the crowd from the previous fight where middleweight champion Peter Quillin defeated Lukas Konecny, failing to please fans at the DC Armory. As the first bell rang both fighters came out ready for combat, each trying to take control of the fight early on. Malignaggi showed a lot of movement early on causing Porter to search for a way in to land punches. Shawn did just that with his relentless attack and bullied Malignaggi around the ring at times.

Once Porter started unleashing his power shots it was clear that they affected Malignaggi, but Malignaggi being the warrior he is fought fire with fire. The crowd loved it as chants for both competitors filled the arena. Early in the fourth round Malignaggi was dropped by right hand to the head. Later on in the same round, Porter managed to hurt Paulie again and went in for the kill. He had Malignaggi against the ropes and continued to throw wildly until he caught Paulie with a right hook that had Paulie out on his feet. He continued his attack and finally the referee stepped to wave the fight off as Paulie crumbled to the ground.

The crowd exploded in cheers as Porter stomped around the ring claiming his victory. Porter has shown himself to be a threat in the welterweight division because of the hard work he puts into his fights. He is like a unstoppable train in the ring that keeps coming. Porter is currently unsigned but after his explosive performance I cant imagine that staying the same. Once he gets the right team behind him, Porter has a plethora of options in the very loaded and talented welterweight division.