Miguel Cotto vs. Sadam Ali Press Conference Quotes
COTTO VS. ALI FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
NEW YORK- Four division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) and current WBA International Welterweight Champion Sadam "World Kid" Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) today hosted the final press conference for their WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship fight, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 2 at the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Joining Cotto and Ali at the final press conference were undercard fighters including WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs) and NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (17-0, 7 KOs), who will fight for Vargas's belt in the HBO-televised co-main event. They were also joined by featherweight contender Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs), super lightweight contender Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa (17-1, 7 KOs), junior flyweight contender Angel "Tito" Acosta (16-1, 16 KOs), and Aaron "Silencer" McKenna, Ireland's no. 1 ranked amateur fighter who will make his professional debut under the Golden Boy Promotions banner on Saturday.
Here are what the fighters, their teams, and promoters had to say at today's final press conference at Madison Square Garden:
MIGUEL COTTO, FOUR DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION:
"It's been a pleasure for me to try to entertain you guys for 17 years. I have done my best at every opportunity for the benefit of my family. They mean everything to me and I am so proud of them and they are so proud of me.
"On Saturday, I will be the same Miguel you have watched for the last 16 years. I am going to be a warrior and do my best for the benefit of my family, as always."
SADAM "WORLD KID" ALI, Current WBA International Welterweight Champion:
"Thank you to Team Cotto for this opportunity. I've been training almost my whole life since I was eight years old. Everyone wants an opportunity like this for a world title against a legend. If you're not ready for a legend like Miguel Cotto then you're going to be in trouble. On Saturday night you are going to see an amazing fight."
FREDDIE ROACH, Trainer to Miguel Cotto:
"It's a sad moment to say this is our last training camp because I'm going to miss Miguel a lot. Yesterday in the gym was the best I've ever seen Miguel. No one talked about retirement in camp. He's in great shape and didn't take anything lightly in camp. He's going to go out on top and you're going to see the best Miguel yet."
ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer to Sadam "World Kid" Ali:
"Here we are - the work has been done. It's been a strong, hard and diligent camp. He showed me that he wants to be that fighter that contends against a legend like Miguel Cotto, someone who is one of my favorite fighters. We are coming to entertain a crowd and come out victorious on Saturday."
ERIC GOMEZ, President of Golden Boy Promotions:
"We are extremely excited for Saturday's historic event at the 'Mecca of Boxing,' Madison Square Garden, and very happy with the response and ticket sales. The tickets are going fast, it's going to be a big push these last final days for tickets.
"Miguel has fought at The Garden many times. This place is like a second home to him. He's definitely going to be a hall of famer once it's all said and done but he will have a tough test come Saturday night.
"Sadam deserves credit and recognition for doing something far too many boxers shy away from - taking on a legend in daring to be great. That is how you make a real name for yourself in boxing. You'll never know what's possible if you don't try it. Greatness happens when you pursue tough challenges, win or lose.
"I've never seen Sadam in better shape so I know he worked hard. You cannot underestimate the power of a dream. Sadam has always dreamed of being at this stage in his career. I've done boxing for many years and these are the types that can be dangerous fights - anything can happen when you have a young, hungry fighter like Sadam Ali.
"This is the second fight for Golden Boy to work with Miguel Cotto. The conversation with Miguel and his team for this fight was 'Is Golovkin available? If not, I'll fight anybody. Just tell me the date and the weight and I'll be there.' That is so refreshing to hear as a promoter and that is how Miguel has been throughout his career. It goes to show that when you believe in yourself, you'll fight anyone. Saturday will be a great celebration and it will be a special night."
Cotto vs. Ali, a 12-round fight for the Cotto's WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Negrete is a 12-round fight for Vargas' WBC World Super Bantamweight Title and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," "Hennessy: Never Stop. Never Settle.", and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The RingTV.com live stream will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT.
(Feature Photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions)
Source: Golden Boy Promotions