Big-time boxing returns to Brooklyn for the first time in a long time on October 20, with Philly's Danny Garcia headlining, Paulie Malignaggi returning home, and Peter Quillin going back to where his career started.
"I think Brooklyn has changed for the better in a lot of ways. A lot of the ghetto neighborhoods, you know, got cleaned up a little bit. And the timing couldn't be better because Barclays arena is opening up and I'm gonna get to be a part of the opening show."
"I can't imagine how it's gonna feel as I walk to the ring in front of my crowd, in my home borough, just miles from where I was born."
"To have the opportunity while I'm world champion to defend the world championship in that arena, it's almost surreal, man. Big-time boxing is back in Brooklyn. We've had little shows in Brooklyn, big-time boxing hasn't been here in they say 70 or 80 years. I don't even know. I wasn't around. I don't know the exact date or the exact amount of years. But it's been a long time, and it's a long time coming, and I'm so glad to be part of it."
"I'm not from here, but I call this my hometown. To come back, to be part of such a special event like the Barclays Center, being the first boxing event they're having -- it's just too much to even go into detail about this situation, this opportunity that I've got, to be able to showcase my talent here."
"I learned so much more about Brooklyn. There is culture here, it's part of history. ... Mike Tyson is from Brooklyn. Zab Judah is from Brooklyn. All these people from Brooklyn, and I made my name here in New York City. So to come back and do something and showcase my talent, like I said, it's all a blessing."
"I'm just excited because it's the first fight in 80 years in Brooklyn. This is history for me, just a Philadelphia kid headlining Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. It's, like, it's a dream come true."