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RingTV.com: Do you agree with Roach that Rubio could be your most difficult opponent?
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: I have always believed that Sebastian Zbik was the best fighter I have faced so far, and that Rubio, because of his experience, will be the next toughest. But I wont know until I face him in the ring.
RingTV.com: What skills does Rubio bring to the table -- tough chin, power, durability?
JCC: He is vey experienced and has power. He is a tough guy in the ring.
RingTV.com: Does anyone you have already fought compare favorably to Rubio in style?
JCC: I think John Duddy and Matt Vanda come to mind, but Rubio comes with more power and more experience than those guys.
RingTV.com: What was your overall assessment of your knockout over Manfredo?
JCC: I felt good about the win because of the way it turned out. Everyone expected a much longer and difficult fight for me.
But I had a great camp and I was able to execute the plan that we worked on during training camp and that is always a good thing.
RingTV.com: Do you see a scenario in which you will be able to box him or do you see a situation in which you will have to stand and fight on occasion?
JCC: I will be ready to fight him at any time during the fight. We are going to box and move just like we did with Manfredo.
But I also see myself exchanging punches at some time in the fight, and I always want to give the fans something to get excited about and that they will enjoy.
RingTV.com: Whom do you expect to be the bigger man and to weigh more by the time that you enter the ring?
JCC: I'm not sure about that. I know that I need to be able to move and box, and I don't want to be too heavy on fight night.
RingTV.com: If you are victorious, Roach said that he believed that a fight with either Canelo Alvarez or Miguel Cotto would be right for you. Which of the two do you prefer first and why?
JCC: I will fight either one. Cotto is a bigger name, but the Mexican people want to see me fight Alvarez. It makes no difference to me as long as the money is right.
RingTV.com: Can you discuss the merits and your desire to face Alvarez?
JCC: Its a big fight in Mexico, and is a fight we both want. I believe that we both are still young, and a fight between us could be bigger later on. But we both are ready for the fight
RingTV.com: Can you discuss the merits of fighting Cotto and your desire to face the Puerto Rican veteran?
JCC: Cotto is a great champion, and it would be a great opportunity for me to face him. Any time we have a Mexican and a Puerto Rican facing each other, it brings the fights to another level. I would love to fight Cotto next.
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