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Q&A: Williams frustrated but still hungry
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"I'm more on the level of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao than those other guys," says Paul Williams, but he's not expecting a phone call from either any time soon.
Paul Williams believes to the pit of his soul that he would be more than a challenge for Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao, but the nearly 6-foot-2, high-energy volume puncher doesn't expect his name to be uttered as a potential opponent by either man.
Williams offers his track record as evidence, having decisioned Antonio Margarito in July of 2007 at a time when Margarito still was considered to be the world's most feared welterweight.
As a middleweight, Williams has split bouts with Martinez, his victory coming before Martinez dethroned Kelly Pavlik as a two-belt titleholder. Williams also has split wins over Carlos Quintana, avenging a unanimous decision loss with a first-round knockout.
It is for those to reasons, primarily, that as Mayweather and Pacquiao decide whether or not they will fight one another, Cotto or some other opponent, Williams is preparing for what amounts to a career-rebuilding match with Nobuhiro Ishida on Feb. 18.
"My whole career, I've been fighting the guys that nobody else has wanted to fight. I'm putting up the most exciting fights, win or lose, because I'm just a throwback fighter," said Williams.
"You've got to get in there with me and you're not going to be in for an easy night. You're going to have to work hard for it. You're going to have to come and get it against me, and a lot of guys, they know that, and they don't want that."
In this Q&A below, Williams expressed more of his thoughts on his upcoming bout as well as his future.