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Floyd Offers Quotes On Media Day

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER MEDIA DAY QUOTES

Floyd Mayweather, Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion

“I can't overlook a guy like Miguel Cotto.

“I'm always looking to give the fans what they want to see.

“Uncle Roger said this is the hardest he's ever seen me train. This is the hardest he's ever seen me work for a fight.

“It's been a roller coaster ride throughout my whole career, but I'm blessed to be where I am and I want to continue to go out there and dominate.

“The hard work has been done. During fight week, we will focus on shadow boxing, mental work and light training.

“The fans should watch this [fight] because in my eyes Miguel Cotto is an undefeated fighter. He fought one guy at a catch weight and another guy who got in trouble for cheating. He's strong a knockout puncher and he always comes out and fights in a pleasing way.

“I'm always happy to go out there and put on a pleasing performance for the fans, the media and the people that have been supporting me for years.

“Rafael [Garcia] is the godfather of boxing. He has done a great job. He is a hand and eye specialist and a guy I wouldn't trade in for anything in the world.

“I have been in boxing for 16 years and I haven't stretched at all. I don't stretch when I run. I've never stretched.

“Last time I checked, all 42 [of my opponents] have been dangerous, but they all ended up in the same place.

“I think I can look into a guy's eyes and I can see the body language. I know when he's a beaten fighter.

“The nick name 'Money' came from when I was joking and throwing money into the camera, so it stuck with me. You can't be a 35-year-old man calling yourself 'Pretty Boy.'

“The key to me winning is being in control like always, keeping my composure like always and never going out of character.

“I don't think I have changed, maybe I don't move as much. I'm going much more toe-to-toe these days.

“I haven't taken any abuse in the sport of boxing. I think I'm done before 38.”

Roger Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather's Trainer and Uncle

“All fighters are dangerous. Anybody who can punch is dangerous.

“Floyd fights for his own legacy.

“Fighters don't have to fight that much these days to determine how good they are.

“I don't have to tell you who the best fighter is out there. We already know who the best fighter is out there.”

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“This is a fight that everywhere you go, people are talking about.

“Cotto is a very dangerous opponent and anybody who's thinking otherwise is foolish.

“Miguel is a tremendous fighter who has had a tremendous amount of success. He's fought every fighter in this era.

“Floyd is one of the most despised athletes in the world, but he's also the most talented athlete in the entire world. What other athlete do you know who has dominated his sport for 16 years?

“Over the last 12 months, Floyd Mayweather has earned more money than any athlete in the entire world.”

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions

“This fight has two A-side fighters fighting each other. This is not like one guy having to carry the fight, but two A-side guys who can make the promotion as big as it is.

“I am being asked 'how many pay-per-views will this fight do?' That is always a crystal ball question. What I will say, and I will even take bets on this, is that this fight is going to be the biggest pay-per-view since De La Hoya and Mayweather. Now, is it going to break the record that De La Hoya and Mayweather set? I am not going to predict that but, I do think it will be the biggest pay-per-view since then, absolutely.

“With Floyd Mayweather, you have the king, the pay-per-view king and the number one attraction in the sport. Whenever Floyd Mayweather is involved, it is always considered a Super Bowl for boxing.

“With Miguel Cotto, you have an amazing fighter with a large fan base not only from Puerto Rico but Puerto Ricans everywhere and fight fans too.He has a very crowd pleasing style and is coming off such a big performance and win over Margarito. He is a star himself and can carry his own pay-per-view.When you add one and one together and it doesn't equal two, three or four.What it equals is millions of pay-per-views and millions of fans for this May 5 card.

“Then you have Canelo fighting the most dangerous fight of his career against Sugar Shane Mosley. Mosley is going to bring his A game too as I know when Shane hears people saying he is not the fighter he used to be, he proves even more that he still has the will to win. He is going to teach the young Canelo a lesson and we will see what happens on May 5.

“There is so much support for this fight. Our sponsors, Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™ AT&T, DeWalt Tools, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Puebla-Cinco De Mayo, COSTCO stores and movie theaters NCM Fathom, have so many levels of activation happening it is going to be hard for people not to know Mayweather vs. Cotto is happening on May 5.

“Clearly another huge night for boxing. “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” on May 5 is as good as it gets.”

Jessie Vargas, Undefeated Welterweight Rising Star

“[On Gomez pulling out of the fight] I don't know anyone who has been in this position as much as me.

“I've been around the sport for a while. I have a massive amateur background and I'm not scared of anyone.

“There are different types of fighters – those that try to beat you physically and those that try to beat you mentally. Whoever they put in front of me can try, but it isn't going to happen.

“Robert [Alcazar] has been teaching me a lot and I'm looking forward to learning more.

“Robert is a great trainer and he's teaching me a style that I want to learn and build on.

“I'm a very confident fighter and whoever they have in front of me, I'll be ready.

“After people see me on pay-per-view, I think they'll begin to recognize me and get to know who I am.”

DeAndre Latimore, Super Welterweight Contender

“It's been great working with Jeff [Mayweather]. I actually have someone who's bringing out the best in me.

“I know May 5 is going to be a tough fight, but people can expect to see fireworks.

“Now that I'm with a promotional company that cares about me, my family and what's best for my career, the hard work and dedication is paying off.

“When I was working with Floyd, it wasn't easy at all. It was tough, but it was the best thing that could happen to me. He took me under his wing and now I'm going to take care of him by getting that victory on May 5.

“On May,, I expected to have my hand raised when it's all said and done.”

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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. 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.

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.

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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score

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This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.

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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland

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On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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