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ERROL SPENCE JR. VS. MIKEY GARCIA FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

PhilBoxing.com
Thu, 14 Mar 2019



WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION SPENCE JR. & FOUR-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION GARCIA HEADLINE PBC ON FOX SPORTS PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT THIS SATURDAY FROM AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS ďIíM GOING TO PUNISH HIM AND MAKE HIM WISH HE TOOK HIS BROTHERíS ADVICE TO NOT TAKE THIS FIGHT,Ē - SPENCE

ďGETTING THIS VICTORY WILL FOREVER LEAVE MY NAME IN THE HISTORY BOOKS. NO OTHER FIGHTER IS DARING TO DO WHAT IíM DOING,Ē - GARCIA

ARLINGTON, TX. (March 13, 2019) - Unbeaten IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. and undefeated four-division champion Mikey Garcia went face-to-face at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Wednesday at the final press conference before they go toe-to-toe at the same venue this Saturday in a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event.

Spence and Garcia shared their thoughts on Saturdayís highly anticipated event and posed for photos for media in attendance ahead of this historic event.

Tickets for Saturdayís event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Ringstar Sports, are on sale now, and can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the Official Ticketing Provider of AT&T Stadium.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday:



ERROL SPENCE JR.

ďThis is a dream come true fighting in my hometown at AT&T Stadium. I canít wait to put on a great performance. Seeing Mikeyís face here today, itís got me hungrier than ever to put on a great performance

ďThe size difference wonít matter. Skill for skill and talent for talent, Iím more dominant than him in every aspect. Iíll beat him at anything he wants to do. On paper heís the toughest opponent to date, but once we get in the ring weíll find out.

ďI donít think anyone has the power to knock me out. We donít allow that kind of mentality into training camp. I hope he tries though.

ďMikey is supposed to think heís going to win this fight. He called me out, so they obviously think that they see something. Iím glad heís as confident as I am. I hope he keeps that same energy inside of the ring.

ďOur training camp, we train for a hard 12 round fight. We prepare for a bruising fight. If I knock him out early, then thatís a bonus. We trained for the distance because we know anything can happen in a fight.

ďIím always calm, thatís just my demeanor. I could talk to Mikey Garcia in the locker room before the fight then come out and knock his head off. Iím always on go. Iím naturally like this. Iíve been ready to go for eight weeks. Iím tired of seeing him and Iím just ready for fight night.

ďI canít worry about what Mikey sees in me. I let my coach worry about it. Everyone thinks they see something looking on the outside, but itís a lot harder once youíre in the ring.

ďThis win makes me pound-for-pound number one. Mikey has a great record and a big fan base and I feel like winning this fight turns me into a star. Everyone wants to take Floyd Mayweatherís place as the face of boxing, and this puts me on the right track to become the face of boxing and the best fighter in the world.

ďThis is a legendary fight. This is where we see what fighters are made of. There have been a lot of great fights when little guys came up and beat a bigger fighter. You canít ever write off the little guy. This is going to be a hard fight.

ďI know Iím the best fighter in the world and Iím going to show it Saturday night. Iím going to punish him and make him wish he took his brotherís advice to not take this fight.Ē



MIKEY GARCIA

ďI have all the tools and all the skills needed to beat Errol Spence Jr. When it comes to timing, speed, reflexes and defense, you name it, Iím better.

ďHere in Texas, itís like a second home. Iíve won two world titles here. Having great fan support at the grand arrival was a special moment for me.

ďIíve got to go in there Saturday night and show why I picked this fight. I want to make history and this is the one that will get me there.

ďIím prepared to do whatever it takes to win this fight. We trained very hard. We can go 12 rounds for sure. But, if I get a chance to hurt my opponent, Iím definitely going to jump on him and get the knockout.

ďSaturday night, Errol is going to find out why I picked this fight. All of my opponents say they donít see anything special when they watch me, until they get into the ring.

ďI know what I have to do on fight night. I know all the work that I put in. I didnít put all that effort in for nothing. Saturday night, I have to execute. Once I get inside the ring, that switch will turn on.

ďI have to fight the best fight of my life. If I donít, then I canít overcome the challenge. You donít win a fight with size and weight. We fight smart, we fight intelligently and pick our shots. There are a lot of factors. Thatís how I win this fight.

ďGetting this victory will forever leave my name in the history books. No other fighter is daring to do what Iím doing. Iím here to make history and this fight does that. This fight is about big challenges and obstacles.

ďAll the attention and buzz about this fight is for real. Itís not often you get a fight like this. Undefeated champions in their prime facing each other. If you want to witness history, you better buy a ticket or the pay-per-view.Ē



DERRICK JAMES, Spenceís Trainer

ďGetting up on the stage today, it was like fight night. I feel what Errol and Mikey are feeling. Itís go-time for both of these guys.

ďMikey Garcia is a great opponent, but heís still just another opponent. Weíre going to go in there and show him why weíre better. Errol is feeling great, so I am too.

ďRing intelligence is definitely one of Mikeyís best attributes. But heís never been in the ring with Errol. Errol has been in the ring sparring with Floyd Mayweather before and I donít think Mikey has the same ring intelligence as him.

ďErrol knows what he should be doing and what he shouldnít be doing during fight week. He will be ready on Saturday night.Ē

ROBERT GARCIA, Garciaís Brother & Trainer

ďNot only have all of our sparring partners told us this, but his opponents always say the same thing. Once theyíre in the ring, they realize how hard Mikey hits and how strong he is. Spence doesnít know that but heíll find out Saturday.

ďA lot of fighters have problems with southpaws like Spence, but Mikey has a lot of experience facing lefties and Iím confident that wonít be a factor.

ďSpenceís style is pretty basic, so itís not too hard to find sparring partners to emulate him. Spence does everything right, just like Mikey. From a preparation standpoint, his style isnít a big challenge.

ďWe havenít just been facing regular sparring partners. Theyíre experienced, talented and undefeated fighters. Heís facing middleweights to get ready for this one and I know he will be.Ē

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ABOUT SPENCE VS. GARCIA

Order the PPV and visit PremierBoxingChampions.com for Fight Night Info and more on Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia.

Spence vs. Garcia is a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event that is headlined by unbeaten IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. defending his title against four-division world champion Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 16 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View undercard begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature undefeated former super middleweight champion David Benavidezbattling veteran contender JíLeon Love, unbeaten former bantamweight champion Luis Nery taking on former champion McJoe Arroyo and fan-favorite Chris Arreola facing unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin.

Prelims on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT featuring former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin squaring off against unbeaten Dallas-native Gregory Corbin.

Spence vs. Garcia will be shown on big screens across the nation through FathomEvents. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

For more information: visit www.premierboxingchampions.com, http://www.foxsports.com/presspass/homepage and www.foxdeportes.com, follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @PBConFOX, @FOXSports, @FOXDeportes, @Ringstar, @TGBPromotions and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions, www.facebook.com/foxsports & www.facebook.com/foxdeportes.






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