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Welterweights Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah continued to show mutual respect during Thursday’s final press conference for their all-Brooklyn showdown on Saturday night in the Barclays Center. The press conference was presided over by Bernard Hopkins.
Paulie Malignaggi: I’m gonna be one of the guys that thanks Al Haymon, as well…it’s not personal. It’s me or him. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose on Saturday night…at the end of the day when the bell rings, even if my mother’s in the ring I’ll punch her right in the mouth.
Zab Judah: I’m probably the only fighter up here that didn’t thank Al Haymon…welcome to my office. This is my office. They built this arena for me. On Saturday night I’m gonna show the world why…this is nothing about my man Paulie, it’s about crowning yourself the king of your city.
Devon Alexander: Son, I already beat you. So it ain’t gonna be no different Saturday night.
Shawn Porter: He’s bringing that belt for me, a little bit of speed, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, we’re gonna handle that and I’m gonna go home with that belt.
Erislandy Lara: The talk is over now. On Saturday we’re going to find out who has the bigger heart.
Austin Trout: Y’all are going to see the reinvention of Austin Trout!
Sakio Bika: On Saturday, Anthony Dirrell will be by himself in that ring and he will feel the power.
Anthony Dirrell: I overcame cancer and a motorcycle accident. Nothing can hold me back, especially Sakio Bika.