On fighting inside against Pacquiao:
“Freddie Roach also looks at the same films that we have noticed. He notices that I have always won ‘The Combat Zone,’ as I like to call it.
“It is important that we do it again, but it’s not going to be easy. It is going to be tough, but you have to know how to do it and when to do it.”
On taking away Pacquiao’s right hook:
“Obviously, when we fought the first two times, the right lead was the one that we had to worry about. That was the big one and the one that we tried to nullify. It looks like he has a better right hand now.
“You have to go up into the ring with the ring with the mentality to be ready for both hands. Focus on what you have to do and be ready for both hands.”
On what will be the difference in the end:
“I think that it is a question of my getting stronger and keeping the speed. That is the key to victory, being as strong and as quick as he is.”
On being a 9-to-1 underdog:
“It doesn’t do anything for me. People can make bets, and if they like the odds, that’s fine with me. It has nothing to do with my fight.
“I have to go into the fight with the mentailty that I have to win each round, but if the opportunity comes, I go for the knockout. I am not going to hesitate if the opportunity is there to go for the knockout.”
On whether or not the fight is personal:
“Without a doubt, the fight is personal for me too. I didn’t get the two decisions that I thought that I won. I think that I will win this fight because I should have won the first two.
“It is going to be a great fight, because we both want this fight, and we are going to give it our all. The winners are going to be the fans, because we are two guys who are going to go in there and give it our all.”
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