”I am very excited about Saturday night. We worked hard in camp. Danny Smith is a great trainer. When I decided I was ready to come back I asked who Ishe Smith’s trainer is because Ishe helped me prepare for the De La Hoya fight. He was hard to it in camp. Danny has opened my eyes. I thought I knew everything there is to know about boxing. You’re going to see something on Saturday. Just wait . . . I’ll be moving back down to 154 after this fight . . . I want to thank my Corpus Christi fans”
“The road to victory is my road. That’s my road to get to the middleweight championship. In 2000 when they held the middleweight championship series, I didn’t get any offers from the big promoters. Keith Holmes, Joppy, Hopkins, and Trinidad were invited. But I wasn’t. I don’t know why. I realized I had to make the move to the United States, the biggest stage in the world. In 2003, I came to the U.S. Saturday night is a great opportunity for me. Vargas is a great opponent for me. I want to show everyone a great fight. It will be a classic.