"It is important to win and of course people want to see a good performance. I haven't done anything differently for this fight but I know he's a good fighter and I'm ready.
"Now that I'm working with (new trainer) Virgil (Hunter) there's a little more structure going on and just having all the right resources.
"Fighting on a premium television channel like Showtime is a step up. I know my family will be coming and watching."
"I have experience but he's young and I know that I'm the test and that I won't be an easy test for him. I think a key is for me to fight him on the inside because he's taller. I know that he likes to fight from a distance.
"I've been training well like always but this time we've been working a lot more on movement so I think that will be good
"I am fighting for my wife (Alma Grajales) today because it's her birthday. And of course I'm fighting for my biggest motivation, my son (Freddy III)."
"This is a must-win in my career right now to be considered a contender. I know I want it to be impressive since I'm on Showtime and it's a big stage. I'm excited to be back. I miss the ring.
"It's been a blessing for me to get the opportunity to be able to work with Barry Hunter. It's just great training with him; they have a great team.
"I made a mistake in my last fight and I paid for it. I worked hard at those mistakes and believe in myself. Basically I'm still working and training hard and I'm still the same fighter.‘'
"This fight means a lot to me. I've been working hard in the gym. I'm excited, anxious and nervous but I'm ready to show the world what I've got so I can keep going forward.
"This fight is going to be really rough. I'm going to make it rough for him. The key is to use my jab at times and my overhead right."