The talking is finished. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez have nothing left to do but fight. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez (plus the promoters and trainers) have given their "final" thoughts before Saturday night's showdown in Las Vegas on HBO pay-per-view. Some of the key quotes:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"I have a lot of respect for Marquez. He hasn't said anything bad about me, so I have nothing bad to say about him. How can I say something bad about someone who respects my fight game?"
"I am not like other fighters. Other fighters have been beat. There is no blue print to beat me. There is a blue print to beat Marquez, because he has been beaten before."
"I am a strong individual and only the strong will survive. I have the skills to pay the bills. It is not about who is the biggest. It is about who is the most skilled. When I get in the squared circle, I am going to do what I have to do to win."
Juan Manuel Marquez
"In my mind, Floyd Mayweather is the number one pound-for-pound fighter, and to be number one, you have to fight number one."
"Mayweather is elusive and a counter puncher. I am going to go after him. There is a chance he might try to come after me, but I know I am going to go after him."
"I know people are betting against me, but it doesn't matter to me. I have my mind and I have my concentration, and I have the motivation to win."
Nacho Beristain, Marquez's trainer
"I also want to say that Juan Manuel Marquez and I have always admired Mayweather because he is such a bright fighter and outstanding fighter. I feel that he is the number one pound-for-pound fighter along with Bernard Hopkins."
"I want to give the highest esteem to Mayweather's team because they have a great athlete and a great fighter and I hope that he stays humble. He has a great personality and I admire him very much. His uncle and father are great trainers and I admire them as well. Me myself being a trainer, I admire him very much."
Roger Mayweather, Mayweather's trainer
"Do you know what great means? Great is Michael Jordan, Floyd Mayweather, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Robinson."
Oscar de la Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions
"I want to tell Mr. Nacho Beristain that I am sorry that I failed you. I didn't do you right in the ring. You are an amazing trainer. You have done a tremendous job working with 18 world champions, and I wanted to take the opportunity to say that to you."
"Marquez always does what is necessary not only to win fights, but to please his loyal fans. He is not your typical Mexican warrior. He comes in with no holds barred and attacks. He has some good school behind him. That is what makes this fighter different from every body else."
Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions
"On Saturday night, Juan Manuel Marquez will carry the hopes and dreams of almost 100 million Mexicans on his shoulders and into the ring. A few minutes later, Mayweather the American superstar will make his entrance. Mayweather is here to put all doubters to rest and to make a statement that, 'Yes, I am still number one.'"
Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather Promotions
"The king is back. That is why we are all here."