November 5, 2011, Arcadia,Ca. --- (L-R) Undefeated WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy "The Desert Storm" Bradley Jr. and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez attend a special boxing exhibition at Santa Anita Park where thousands of fans showed up to meet the pair. Marquez is preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao and Bradley will be making his Top Rank debut on the undercard of the Pacquiao vs Marquez world championship card. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank
Here's what the two had to say:
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ:
“I flew in today from Mexico City and am happy to be here. I want to do all I can make to this the biggest selling pay-per-view fight ever.
“I’ve been training in the higher altitudes and I’m right on weight. We had 11 great weeks of training and now it’s waiting for fight week to begin.
“All the preparation has been done. Now it’s just about having the fight of my life to settle everything once and for all.”
“Boxing and horse racing are both making a strong comeback; boxing more so but horse racing is not far behind. Some people say boxing is dead but there has never been this type of money given out to fighters.”
On recent reports of a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on May 5, 2012:
“If you ask me if it will happen right now I would have to say no. We have to get past Marquez first and that’s where our focus is, but I don’t believe anything Mayweather and his team are saying right now about a date and location for the fight.”
“I’ve never done anything like this. I mean, to put a boxing ring right next to a horse track? Who does this? It’s just a great way to promote our big week and it’s money well spent. It’s just great to see so many fans come out and support us.
“I’ll take Manny in this fight (against Marquez). Manny just has too much size on him. I think it’s going to be a great fight.”
On a potential fight with Pacquiao:
“I’d have to fight a perfect fight to beat him but I’ve seen weaknesses that I know I could expose and would win that fight.
“I’ll fight Maywather right now. I’ll fight Manny. I’ll fight Khan. I’ll fight whoever they put in my way. I don’t care who it is. Just bring them on.”
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