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LAS VEGAS, NV — Scores of fans and media were on hand yesterday afternoon to greet the fighters that make up this weekend’s anticipated “Toe to Toe” pay-per-view, headlined by Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo. Below are selected quotes and pictures from the event.
I had a very relaxed camp, but, at the same time, I was very anxious to get back in the ring.
More than the style difference [between Mayweather and Angulo], I’m just happy to be back in the ring. It’s a tough fight, but I’m very confident.
I learned a lot from fighting Floyd, but I’m ready to get back in the ring to maintain the path that I was on before. This is what I love to do. I live to fight and we’re ready for Saturday.
I’m fully concentrated on this fight. What happened in September is in the past. I’m focused on Saturday and Angulo.
“I’m here for the fans. That’s what I fight for.”
Every fight is important, but this one is more special because all of the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the No. 1 Mexican fighter. It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for Canelo and me.
Everyone can have their own opinion on who will win the fight. My fans know what I do in the ring and they know what to expect on Saturday night.
My hand will be raised. I’m ready now and I will give the fans my best performance against Canelo. You will see the best Alfredo Angulo on Saturday.
Amir [Khan] and Andre [Ward] told me that I’m ready. They told me this is my time.
LEO SANTA CRUZ
I’ve been in the gym training really hard so when fight day comes I can give them my best.
“It’s a huge motivation to be fighting in a big co-feature on a pay-per-view event like this. It would be a dream come true for me to fight in a main event. But I need to win to get that opportunity.
Leo is a great fighter, but in this sport you win some and you lose some. Come Saturday, I’m coming to win.
It’s a great honor to be on this card with this Canelo and Angulo. We’re going to do our best to put on a show.
I’m more eager and hungry than I’ve ever been for a fight in my life. I can’t wait to walk in that ring. This is what I’ve worked for, this is what I live to do.
This guy is undefeated, but he’s never faced anyone like me. I’m still the champion and I’ll still be the champion on Saturday.
This reminds me of 2007 when I won my first world title, the only difference is that was at Mandalay Bay instead of MGM Grand.
I respect Arkawa’s game. I respect what he did with Omar [Figueroa Jr.], but I’m a different fighter. The ‘Asian Rocky’ won’t last very long on Saturday night.
I’m grateful to be back in the United States and this time I’m going to win.
My last fight was a war, but I didn’t come out with the win. This time, we’ll put on another war, but the result will be different.