Friday, September 16, 2011

"STAR POWER: MAYWEATHER VS. ORTIZ" FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES


source: philboxing.com

Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Six-Time and Five Division World Champion

"I'm going to go in there with class and will leave there with class.

"Victor Ortiz said the fight won't go the distance. So I say ok, it won't go the distance.

"I don't have to brag, I don't have to boast. I'm going to go in there and execute the game plan.

"[To Oscar De La Hoya] You've done a hell of a job with Victor Ortiz's career.

"I've fought them all, never backed down, stayed focused and was always at my best.

"I want to thank the press and the media for keeping me relevant.

"[To Ortiz] You're an amazing athlete. I know you're going to bring your best. Let's give the fans what they want to see.

"[To Ortiz Trainer Danny Garcia]You say I'm a dirty boxer. Boxing is a dirty sport."


"Vicious" Victor Ortiz, WBC Welterweight World Champion

"I want to thank Team Mayweather for this opportunity, but let's not forget I am the current champion of the world and I will remain champion.

"Forty-one of those fighters [defeated Mayweather opponents]were not me. Forty-one of those couldn't move like me.


"I am going to teach you what it's like to have a loss on your record.

"Somebody's scared, but I'm going to hold my hands up and I'm going to put you on your ass."


Canelo Alvarez, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion

"I'm very happy to be the main event at STAPLES Center. I never thought I'd be a champion this young.

"Obviously Alfonso is a very good fighter. I prepared very well. It will be a tough fight, an exciting fight and the winners are going to be fans."


Alfonso Gomez, Top-Rated Super Welterweight Contender

"This fight is the opportunity of a lifetime, fighting a boxer as popular as Canelo Alvarez and on a weekend like this - Mexican Independence Weekend.

"I'm going to take this opportunity to show my talent and show the world the type of fighter that I am.

"I feel his road to this fight has been paved for him to get here. I have done it the hard way and have overcome every obstacle in my way to get to the same place. I don't think he'll show me anything I haven't already seen.

"Golden Boy has given this opportunity to fight on this great fight card with Mayweather and Ortiz and if I beat Canelo I would love to give him the rematch."


Erik "El Terrible" Morales, Six-Time and Three Division World Champion

"I am well prepared. I know there have been some changes in terms of my opponent, but we have made the necessary adjustments.

"I'm very confident we are going to come out with our hands raised.

"It's going to be a great fight. I'm ready."


Pablo Cesar Cano, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender

"I am very happy to be here. It is the first time, but I am sure it won't be the last.

"Ever since I started boxing, I have dreamt of this moment. I've had dreams and have set goals, and now my dream is coming true and my goals are being met.

"I am hungry for a win. I'm not here to test if I can do this. I am here because I know I will win.

"My whole life in boxing has been about challenges. I'm ready for this one. I'm here and I'm ready for it.

"I know I'm very young and a lot of you might think it's too early. I'm going to show you what I can do. Viva Mexico!"


Jessie Vargas, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender

"It is an honor to be on this fight card with such big legends of boxing like the best pound-for-pound
champion Floyd Mayweather, who is also my boss.

"I've been training hard for seven weeks and for seven weeks I've been waiting for this Saturday. I feel strong and fast and look forward to coming out with the victory.

"I'm not just going to give you fans a great fight; I'm looking for the knockout.

"This is a great opportunity and I'm going take advantage of it."


Josesito Lopez, Top-Rated Super Lightweight Contender

"I'm very excited for this fight. I feel this is my time to shine.

"I've had a long tough training camp. I'm ready and excited to show my talent in the ring."

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"STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz"is a mega-event taking place Saturday, Sept. 17 from two world-class cities with three world titles at stake. Floyd MayweatherandVictor Ortizwill face off in a 12-round fight for Ortiz's WBC Welterweight World Title from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.Canelo AlvarezandAlfonso Gomezwill do battle in a 12-round fight for Alvarez's WBC Super Welterweight World Title from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Also live in Las Vegas will beErik Morales vs. Pablo Cesar Canoin a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Title and an opening fight featuring undefeated rising starJessie Vargasagainst top contenderJosesito Lopez. The mega event is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools, AT&T and Southwest Airlines. Alvarez vs. Gomez is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Morales vs. Cano is presented in association with Box Latino Promotions. "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Fans in the United Kingdom can watch the fight live on Primetime, channel 480 on Sky, Virgin on Demand and streamed live via the websiteprimetimelive.co.uk at 2:00 a.m. BST (Sunday, September 18).

The "STAR POWER" pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.

Fans in the United Kingdom can watch "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" live on Primetime, channel 480 on Sky, Virgin on Demand and streamed live via the website www.primetimelive.co.uk. Existing Sky customers can buy through Box Office. New customers must register beforehand online at www.primetimelive.co.uk or by calling 0871 200 4444. Virgin customers Press home > More on Demand > Live Events. The fight will cost £14.95 and a small one-off registration fee will apply for customers new to Primetime.

Remaining tickets for Mayweather vs. Ortiz are priced at $1,250, $1,000 and $600, not including applicable service charges, 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.

Tickets for Alvarez vs. Gomez, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $50, are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000 . Tickets are also available at STAPLES Center box office.

Seven of the MGM Resorts properties will host closed circuit viewing of "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz." Tickets for the closed circuit telecasts at all venues are priced at $50, not including handling fees. All seats will be 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 . Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Tickets for the viewings at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay will also be available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

NCM Fathom will broadcast "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" in high definition LIVE to more than 380 movie theaters nationwide at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets to see the fight on the big screen are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com

The finale of the all-access reality series "24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz" premieres Friday, Sept. 16 at 9:00 p.m. on HBO. Episodes #1-3 are available at HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO®. CNN will replay episodes #3 and #4 this Friday, Sept. 16 at 12 midnight. All four parts can be seen consecutively on HBO this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. All times are ET/PT.

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