Maidana vs Lopez: Final press conference quotes

Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez headline on Saturday night on Showtime, and are both ready to go in what should be an action-packed main event brawl.

MARCOS MAIDANA

"If Lopez is willing, this is going to be a total toe-to-toe slugfest from start to finish. Fans know what they're going to get from me. I come to brawl.

"For me, all my fights are very, very important. This fight is very important because a win means I keep progressing. I need to win so I can keep fighting higher-rated opponents.

"I've been in this position before, so I'm used to fighting on my opponent's home turf, but I've been training in Oxnard for three months, so I am pretty acclimated to the area. Working with my trainer Robert Garcia has been great.

"I'm very excited. There's no pressure. To me, the pressure is on Josesito. The fight is in his backyard.

"I want to thank my team, Golden Boy and SHOWTIME for this opportunity. I am very well-prepared. Come Saturday, we will do everything that we've worked on in camp.

"Lopez' promoter (Ken Thompson) says I'm going to get knocked out. Words are easy, but it won't be that easy. It's very easy to talk as a spectator. Let him (Thompson) get in there."

JOSESITO LOPEZ

"We're definitely going to light up the city on Saturday night.

"I'm ready and very well-prepared for what will be the most difficult fight of my career. It'll be great to have the fans behind me. I fight to please the fans. That's my style. I want to put on a show, but I know I have to fight smart.

"This will be an all-action fight with the two best welterweights in the world going at it and trading their best shots. I'm not going to predict a knockout, but I don't see how this fight can end any other way.

"These kinds of fights bring out the best in me. Maidana is one of the most dangerous guys out there, but I'm ready to prove myself again. As a fan, I am excited about this fight. Even before the fight was signed I knew this would be a great fight.

"This is such a great opportunity for me. Moving up to fight at 154 pounds against Canelo Alvarez was also a great opportunity, but that wasn't my weight class. I feel stronger and taller at 147. Going into this fight, I feel like I did before I fought Victor Ortiz. I know I need to get Maidana's respect and the way to do that is to fight him. I'm really looking forward to Saturday."

ROBERT GARCIA, Maidana's Trainer

"We're going to be ready for a war because that's what this fight will be. Josesito has tremendous heart, a tremendous chin and is always in such good condition. We have to be ready for 12 hard, brutal rounds.

"With Maidana, we've been working on using his jab a lot and going side to side, but we also have to be realistic; we might not have a chance to use any of that. We may just have to go to war because that's what Lopez brings. We're prepared for whatever we have to do inside the ring."

HENRY RAMIREZ, Lopez's Trainer

"It's been a long camp and we're ready to go. This entire card is stacked from top to bottom. Both of the main event guys are warriors in the ring. Maidana is a big puncher and Josesito has that never-say-die attitude.

"This is the best venue in Southern California for boxing. There's no bad seat in the house. There's going to be more than 8,200 loud fans watching this fight on Saturday night."

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