“RING KINGS: MAYWEATHER VS. COTTO” FINAL UNDERCARD PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
CANELO ALVAREZ VS. SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY
JESSIE VARGAS VS. STEVE FORBES
DEANDRE LATIMORE VS. CARLOS QUINTANA
OMAR FIGUEROA VS. ROBBIE CANNON
KEITH THURMAN VS. BRANDON HOSKINS
Canelo Alvarez, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion
“I can only say good things about Sugar Shane Mosley. He is a great champion, but I have trained hard for this fight and I feel that I am going to win it. It’s going to be a victory for all of Mexico.
“Mosley is a great fighter and despite his age, he has taken very good care of his body.
“Even though Mosley is a veteran fighter, he can still beat a lot of young guys. I’m prepared for the best Mosley ever.
“You really can’t compare him [Mosley] to anybody. He is a complete fighter. He’s fast, he’s strong…he’s everything. I have never faced anybody like him.
“The key in this fight for me is not to get desperate. I have to take my time and stick to my game plan.
“This is just another test, another gate that I have to walk through. With Mosley being who he is, I feel that I have entered the big leagues.”
Sugar Shane Mosley, Six-Time and Three-Division World Champion
“This is going to be a great fight. I’m in great shape and I’m ready to rock and roll.
“Canelo wants to test himself and see if he is among the elite fighters. This is a golden opportunity for me, so I’m very, very happy.
“My plan is to do what I do, be Sugar Shane Mosley, get the punches in and win the fight.
“This is a no nonsense fight for me. I’m in there to win.
“Canelo is a good young fighter, but he probably shouldn’t be in the ring with me. It should have been somebody else. Hopefully he can learn from it and become a better fighter. He seems like a good young kid.
“I think my experience is going to make a difference, but I also think that my speed and power are going to make a bigger difference.
“The motivation is fighting the right fight. The type of fight I know I can fight. That’s the motivation and showing the people the way Sugar Shane really fights.”
Jose Reynoso, Canelo’s Manager and Co-Trainer
“On Saturday, Sugar Shane Mosley is going to be the door that Canelo is going to walk through to enter into the big leagues.”
NaazimRichardson, Mosley’s Trainer
“Canelo is already a star. When he came to America, he was a star. Now they brought him here to be a superstar.
“Canelo was watching Shane before Shane knew who Canelo was.”
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“I wouldn’t look at this as an undercard fight. We have Shane who has been a tremendous champion for a number of years and he has faced everyone during his era. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. Then we have Canelo who is here to prove to everyone that he is a champion.
“The Shane Mosley vs. Canelo Alvarez fight is a stand- alone fight itself.
“Canelo Alverez is a young strong champion who is out to prove to the world why he is here today.”
Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions
“This is a great undercard. On one side you have a great fighter [Mosley] who has proven over and over again why he belongs with the elite and why he is one of the best in the history of the sport. Shane trains like no other fighter and he believes in himself like no other fighter. This is why he is here today, to fight like a champion.
“On the other side, you have a young fighter who is going to fight one of the best. Canelo Alvarez is by far the most exciting and most popular fighter in Mexico today. This is why expectations are so high. This is the time for him to perform.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions
“Bert Sugar, thank you for everything and where ever you are, we miss you.”
Jessie Vargas, Mayweather Promotions Rising Star
“I have Steve Forbes in front of me. He is a fighter with lot of knowledge and experience, but I’m young and I am here to fight.
“I’m very happy that Forbes is in great shape, that way there will be no excuses.”
Steve Forbes, Former World Champion
“You know the last few years have been hell for me. I’ve had a lot of personal problems, but thank God she packed up and moved out, and now I’m back.
“It is great to be back here. This is where it all started for me when I turned pro. I am looking forward to a great night of fighting.
“Saturday night, Steve Forbes will be back. I’m telling you. I’m in superb shape.”
DeAndre Latimore, Top Super Welterweight Contender
“I worked hard for six years to get here, and now that I’m here, I won’t let it slip away.
“This right here is every fighter’s dream. I’m young, strong and I’m coming to take this. I won’t settle for anything else than a win. Don’t be surprised if I get a knockout.
“Quintana says he wants to fight the champion, but he’s got to get past me first.”
Carlos Quintana, Former World Champion
“I’ve trained hard for this fight. I’ve seen Latimore fight and he’s a very good boxer, but those of you who know me, know that I can win this fight.
“I have nothing against Latimore, but I’ve been working hard and I’m going win the fight.
“Canelo and Mosley are two big fighters and I would like to fight the winner. They are two big stars. One that has been around for a while and one that is a rising star. Fighting one of them would be a dream for me. You always have to dream big.”
Omar Figueroa, Lightweight Contender
“Being here proves that I am ready for the big stage. I am ready to fight and I am not here to play games and let it get to the judges.
“We [the undercard fighters] work twice as hard to make it to where we want to be. We are here for the fans. We are entertainers and will put our hearts out for each fight.”
Robbie Cannon, Lightweight Contender
“I have been training hard and I am ready to fight hard. I have my game plan and I’m going to stick to it.”
Keith Thurman, Top Welterweight Contender
“I look forward to the challenge and what it means for my career. I can guarantee you an exciting fight, and don’t be surprised if I win with a knockout.”
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“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Diamond belt, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and former World Champion Steve Forbes. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla – Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.