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Vazquez-Marquez Presser Quotes

By Rocco Morales
Photos by Big Joe Miranda

Quotes from this afternoon’s press event in Los Angeles:

Rafael Marquez – “There’s no need for words of introduction for Vasquez and I. Everyone knows us from our trilogy of fights. You’re going to see a great show and who Rafael Marquez is in the ring this Saturday night.”

Israel “El Magnifico” Vasquez – “On May 22nd, Rafael and I are going to again fight the best fight of the year.”

Gary Shaw, President, Gary Shaw Promotions (promoter of Rafael Marquez) – “Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez don’t shit talk and have a mutual respect for each other but when the bell rings they are there to fight…I just received a call from WBC/WBA Super Flyweight Champion, Vic Darchinyan, and he is willing to fight the winner of either Marquez vs. Vasquez or the winner of Mares vs. Perez.”

Richard Schaefer, CEO, Golden Boy Promotions (promoter of Israel Vasquez) – “Israel Vasquez brings to the table an outstanding record of 44-4 which in today’s world of boxing is an incredible record. Vasquez is also a 3 time world champion and took this fight even though he already has a 2-1 record against Marquez. Even though he brings a 2-1 record to this fight, on May 22nd he will put any doubt to rest by, again, defeating Marquez.”

Fernando Beltran, President, Zanfer Promotions (manager of Rafael Marquez) – “I really believe that it is a big fight that allows for a rematch and a great rematch that allows for a trilogy. But, this fight, the fourth between Marquez and Vasquez, is going to be a grand slam.”

Frank Espinoza (manager of Israel Vasquez) – “This trilogy will forever be remembered as the greatest of all time. They both refuse to take a step back as their pride, hunger and determination will not allow for it. Both realize that no one ever achieves greatness by playing it safe.”

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Abner Mares – “Yohnny is a great friend but on May 22nd I am going to treat him like a friend who just stole my girlfriend. Abner Mares vs. Yohnny Perez is going to steal the show this Saturday night.”

Yohnny Perez – “It is a great responsibility to be fighting and to be defending my belt. But, this belt doesn’t really belong to me because I gave it to my kids back in Colombia. I brought the belt back from Colombia from my kids. What you give to your kids you don’t take away from them and that is why after May 22nd I am taking the belt back to my kids.”

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