"Paulie wished me the best and I don't know what he is looking at for himself [in the future] but he said, 'Make sure they know that I lost to a great champion. Go out there and be great.' I am going to honor his words and his wishes."
"I definitely needed this victory. To get it like that from a guy like this. He touched me in every way possible being in the ring with him. I knew what he was coming with. But I always had questions of my own. I came in and answered those questions tonight."
"I'm going to enjoy this and let my team handle what is next. I'm sure they will all communicate. We'll come up with the next game plan and we'll tackle it."
"I just said, 'Don't make me have lost to an average fighter. Go be great so that I can say that a really great fighter beat me.' I know that he has that potential.
(On possibly retiring) "If I do retire, and I don't want to make that decision right now while I am emotional, but I don't want to do it off of an average champion. I want to do it off of a great champion.
"He was controlling the distance. I couldn't get going. He was going away and then bringing the attack. He mixed it up well. He came right at me at times and then, at other times, he moved away."
(More on potential retirement) "I can't really think about that right now. If I give you an answer right now I would tell you that I am stopping fighting but maybe I'd change my mind next week. I want to go home and think about it."