Here’s what the participants had to say on Monday.
Photo: Carlos Delgado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
“I’m counted out 100 percent of the time, but that’s my comfort zone.
“He’s a great fighter, but I’m here to win. It doesn’t matter that this is in my backyard. As long as there is a ring and gloves, I’m comfortable.
“I always fight with my back against the wall. I like being counted out. It makes me hungry.
“I told him I’m going to beat you again and he told me I got lucky. He tried to bring Floyd in, but I told him to keep this between me and him. Floyd doesn’t have anything to do with us. I beat him (Berto) last time and I’ll beat him again.
“The slugfests keep boxing alive. It keeps fans coming back and I expect another one in June.
“I didn’t want to wait, but the postponement gave me time to prepare a little bit more.”
“I didn’t have to take this fight. I vacated the title to make this happen again.
“This fight is for the fans. The last one was tremendous and this one is going to be even better.
“We’re doing it in Kobe’s (Bryant) house, so come out for a great fight. I know all the stars will come out for it
“I was disappointed with the injury. It was unfortunate, but I’m glad we made the fight happen. Now I’m back to avenge that loss.
“I just need to be smarter and there are a few things I’ll do differently this time.
“I came back from the Ortiz fight hungry, got a world title and gave it up to beat Ortiz. This is the most important fight of my career.
“I feel a lot better. We’re healed and ready to roll.”
“I’m happy to be fighting in Los Angeles. It feels like I’m fighting at home. I expect a very difficult fight. I want to fight like a true Mexican warrior.
“I’m hoping it can be for a world title. I’m going to be in top shape and ready for a war.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions:
“We expect a sellout on June 23. The first fight was a tremendous success and we expect the same for the rematch. The last one was the “Fight of the Year” and I don’t think this one will be any different. It will be an explosive fight once again. Will it be repeat or revenge?
“The co-main event will also be great. It has all the ingredients to be a classic. The co-main event could be a main event anywhere.
“We’re also excited that SHOWTIME will also showcase the fighters in FIGHT CAMP 360 with three episodes leading up to the fight.”
RON RIZZO, VP of Operations of DiBella Entertainment
“These guys belong in a venue like this and it’s going to be an amazing event.
“Andre is one of the most dedicated guys I’ve seen in any sport. He’s looking to correct a wrong from last April and I believe he’s going to do it.”
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