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Five-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce declared himself ready for his fight next week in Las Vegas at a media day for the local and national today in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Arce (60-6-2, 46 KO’s) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexicano will take on Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in the semifinal bout of the pay-per-view card that will feature the world title tilt between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and undefeated champion Timothy Bradley on Saturday, June 9 in the Grand Garden Arena of the MGM Grand of Las Vegas.
“I feel great. I very strong and fast for this fight. I know I need to win this fight to keep my future plans going and thats what he Intens to do”, said Arce who is training in his hometown of Los Mochis.
Arce is coming of a big year in 2011, when he won three fights, two world championship and had one big upset. Last May he stopped Wilfredo Vazquez in Las Vegas in a great fight, few people expected him to win.
“I know I still have something left and I proved it against Vazquez Jr., I was very confident against Vazquez Jr. and was happy with the way the fans enjoy the fight, that many people said was the best of the night,” said Arce.
Arce, has won world titles in 108, 115, 118 and 122 and his interim at 112, makes him the first five time world champion in Mexican boxing history.
“I am very proud of all the world title, but I am more proud of the great fights I have in my career, specially the ones in Las Vegas against Hussein Hussein and Vasquez Jr,. that stole the show from my good friend Manny Pacquiao and I hope to give fans another great fight on June 9th.”
The fight against Rojas is at 124 pounds as Arce inches his way to 126 pounds in search of another world title.
“I know the I have some interesting fights out there at 122 against Nonito Donarie and Abner Mares, but i also want to fight for the world title at 126 pounds against Orlando Salido, but first thing first, beat Rojas and see what is next,” said Arce.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship crown against WBO junior welterweight champion Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Bradley world championship fight will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
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