With "Honor & Glory: Canelo vs. Lara" just days away, Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara, Abner Mares, Jonathan "Polvo" Oquendo, Juan Manuel "JuanMa" Lopez and Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera made their grand arrivals Tuesday to the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby to officially kick off fight week activities leading up to this Saturday night's SHOWTIME PPV® event.
Here is what the fighters had to say:
"Erislandy Lara insulted me and my country. He insulted my ability to box, and I take that seriously. This is more than just a fight for me. On Saturday, I'm not only fighting for my honor, I'm fighting for the pride of my country.
"This fight will give me personal satisfaction. It's about fighting the best and beating the best. The media and the fans know that this is a dangerous fight and them knowing that will make my win that much better. It's a personal satisfaction to be fighting the best and beating the best."
"When I arrived to the United States from Cuba, times were tough. I've built what I have from nothing. I take pride in the opportunities that this country has given me. And I'm not about to let this one go by.
"On Saturday I will trudge through the doors that my boxing skills have opened up for me and the world will know who I am.
"I feel very special to be here right now. I don't feel any pressure because I am ready to fight.”
"I'm fighting for my family, to put food on the table for them. No one can take that away from me."
ABNER MARES, Former Three-Time, Three-Division World Champion
"This fight is no walk in the park. Jonathan is a warrior and that's why I trained very hard. I'm here to make a statement.
"The Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry lets you know this is going to be a great fight.
JONATHAN OQUENDO, Featherweight Contender
"I'm not going to lie; I have a lot of respect for Abner Mares, but don't let that fool you. I don't feel any pressure, he's a great champ but there will be blood in the ring on Saturday, and it won't be mine.”
JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ, Former Two-Division World Champion
"I feel good and very confident. I'm simply a better fighter. Come Saturday night, Puerto Rico will school Mexico. Vargas better watch out.”
FRANCISCO VARGAS, 2008 Mexican Olympian & Super Featherweight Contender
"I'm ready for war, Juanma better be ready to fight a true Mexican warrior.”
JOHAN PEREZ, Interim WBA World Junior Welterweight Champion
"I know what I have in front of me. Mauricio is a tough, aggressive fighter and we're going to give a great fight.
"Make sure you don't miss my fight Saturday. I'm going to be his problem, not Danny Garcia."
MAURICIO HERRERA, Junior Welterweight Contender
"I'm coming off of a controversial loss, and I'm not about to let that happen again. I'm going to come out victorious on Saturday night and no judge will think otherwise.
"We're going to go through Johan first before worrying about another chance at Danny Garcia.
"Johan is the guy in front me and I'll show all of you a great match on Saturday."