Golden Boy Promotions sent out a press release with some notable quotes from the final Diaz-Malignaggi II presser in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights.
"I'm excited, I'm happy and I'm ready. I feel like Santa Claus came early this year because come Saturday night, its going to be easy money."
"Not just Houston and Chicago, but this time the whole world is going to feel my anger. They are going to see a "Baby Bull" they have never seen before.
"Saturday night I'm going to claim what's mine. I did it once and I'm going to do it again."
"I'm excited about Saturday. We have worked really hard for this fight. I'm ready and Juan says he is ready. It's going to be a great fight."
"I'm sharper and feel better than ever going into this fight."
"They can tell me anything they want about Juan Diaz. They can tell me he moved mountains or that he jumped from Houston to Chicago in a single bound. I don't care. When the bell rings I know one thing, I'm ready."
Lou DiBella, Diaz's promoter
"I want to thank Juan Diaz for taking this rematch. He didn't have to; he could have been a punk like a lot of people are in this sport, but he took the fight and has shown once again that he is a bright spot in the world of boxing."
Bernard Hopkins, Golden Boy Promotions
"The first fight between Diaz and Malignaggi was a very close fight; it really could have gone either way. Some people say Malignaggi won, others think Diaz won, and that is what is great about the sport of boxing, it brings controversy which leads to great fights."
[Does Hopkins ever think before he says something? Controversial decisions are what make boxing great? OK, then never complain about another one.]
"What's done in my past is done and I'm ready to move on."
"Victor Ortiz is a good fighter; he's tough and he can hit. Everyone has a bad night sometimes, I've had bad nights, and that is what Victor had when he fought Maidana. I'm not even looking at that fight. I'm looking at all his fights before that because I know that will be the Victor who will show up Saturday night."