JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ
"I am very excited to be fighting at home and have worked very hard so that I can give my fans as good a fight as I can.
"Salido is a very good fighter. He is strong and will come after me all night long. I have to be smart and try to win as many rounds as I can, but if I hurt him I will go for the knockout.
"The Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry is one full of tradition and I hope that this fight will become one of the most remembered in the history of these great confrontations between the two countries."
"This is an opportunity for me to become a world champion away and I look forward to this fight. I expect it to be hard, but with my great preparation I feel that I can win.
"I am not intimidated to come to his home country for this fight. I know what I am capable of doing and I will be ready for war on Saturday.
"Many great fighters from both Mexico and Puerto Rico have been part of this great rivalry and I look forward to having this considered one of the best fights in the history of it.''
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"I am very happy to be part of this card and that I will be able to showcase my talent to a lot of people as part of the SHOWTIME telecast.
"I have a big responsibility fighting at home and will make my country proud on Saturday night."
MIGUEL COTTO (Cruz' promoter)
"We know that Luis Cruz is ready for this type of fight. He has trained very hard and will be ready to win."
"I am grateful for this opportunity. A win will put me on the road to another world championship fight.
"I have come all the way here to give it my best and to win this fight. It should be a good fight and I am ready for it."
AFTER THE JUMP: More photos from the press conference.
All photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME